Soldiers welcome salary hike

2009-12-17 09:10

The SA National Defence Force today welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s

announcement of salary increases as a “critical step” to boost morale among


“Improved salaries are an important first step towards improved

service conditions for soldiers,” said defence and military veterans ministry

spokesperson Siphiwe Dlamini.

“Yesterday’s pronouncement by President Zuma, that, ‘we want to

invest in the development of the defence force and the young people who are

drawn into this noble calling of defending the country,’ will boost morale and

send the clear signal to soldiers that an era of relative military neglect is


Earlier this year, SANDF members embarked on an illegal and

sometimes violent strike to press for better working conditions.

Zuma announced on Reconciliation Day yesterday: “Therefore, as

Commander-in-Chief of the SANDF, it is my pleasure to announce increases in the

salaries of members of the SANDF, who are on salary levels two to 12, from

privates to colonels or the occupational class of military practitioner.”

He said the increases would range from two to 65% and would come

into effect on December 1, 2009.

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