Sisulu - SANDF de-linking pay from rank

2012-05-17 22:28

Cape Town - Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu on Thursday provided details of the SA National Defence Force's new dispensation to come into effect this and next financial year.

Among other things, soldiers' salaries would be adjusted to recognise years of service, she told the National Assembly during debate on her budget vote.

"Essentially we are de-linking salaries from rank. Because of the sheer size of the defence force a great number of our soldiers are trapped in particular ranks with no prospect of improvement of their salaries," she said.

The Defence Force Service Commission was tasked to deal with this as a matter of priority and by the next financial year it was expected to reflect on soldiers' salaries, within budgetary limits.

To ensure children's welfare was not compromised when their parents were deployed, all children between the ages of three months to five years would be taken care of by the department, within the existing framework of free primary school care criteria for deployed soldiers.

"Every base, every facility will have to provide crèches or pre-schools. Gone are the days when men were soldiers and women stayed at home to look after the children.

"We have a responsibility to free our women soldiers to pursue their careers in the same way as men have always been free to do.

"The necessary policy to support this has already been drafted and approved. And therefore this takes effect this financial year," she said.

Bigger accommodation

The provision of high quality, reliable, and right-sized accommodation for soldiers was the singular most urgent priority.

"It is for this reason that I have commissioned a defence estate reforms programme that will rationalise defence estate and ensure that there is internal capability to plan, provide, operate, and maintain all properties belonging to the defence force."

Sisulu stressed it was the responsibility of every soldier to ensure that the environment where they lived represented their sense of pride.

Soldiers were required to keep their bases in spotless condition, and officers commanding would have to structure the bases in such a way to ensure proper management of the properties and ensure they were kept in good condition.

Every soldier would be able to convert his training into academic qualifications. The SANDF's training programme was being restructured to align it to SA Qualifications Authority (SAQA) requirements so that the totality of courses undertaken by soldiers would qualify as commensurate tertiary qualifications.

This meant that no soldier would leave the force, should they choose, unqualified.

A housing allowance scheme would be tailor-made to suit the organisational uniqueness of the SANDF and a housing subsidy scheme would be investigated and implemented, Sisulu said.

  • eugenepetermpho.rasenyalo - 2012-05-17 22:45

    Salute MmaRona

      Burtfred - 2012-05-18 07:09

      Princess Sisulu, How about de-linking rank from race?

      Werner - 2012-05-18 08:16

      You see, now you can "appoint" your 10 brothers, 5 sisters and all other familia to the rank of Corporal and no one would bat an eye... right? Only thing is, now your one stripe corporal brother can earn R100K a month. They are only doing this because we already have more officers than soldiers in our defence force Yay for cadre deployment!

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-05-17 22:52

    Thats better.

  • daniel.motlhatlhedi - 2012-05-17 22:52

    Thats better.

  • jan.henning.14 - 2012-05-17 22:57

    Too late, the best ones have left already.

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-05-17 23:14

    What I would like to know if this includes the civilians who are the backbone of the SANDF and often get the short end of the stick - poor pay and very little benefits.

  • bongile.gelenja - 2012-05-17 23:55

    I do welcome even a single word of what our beautiful minister have just said. Plz do the follow up and try to access everything that always demoralise the soldiers on the ground. Nobody can work for charity but we can donate like Soutn Africans if salsries allows. Now at last we are being recognised

  • ahpretorius - 2012-05-18 01:57

    I understand paying more for skills and qualifications, I do not understand paying for an ageing workforce, when a Defence Force needs younger staff for the rigours of military service. The Army's HR 2010 strategy had the aim to rejuvenate the Army. Paying soldiers for age instead of qualifications or skill achieves the opposite. If they promote soldiers on merit and pay for skills and qualifications then it would fix the cause of the problems instead of the symptoms.

      Saamprater - 2012-05-18 06:22

      Agreed. They don't know that they don't know

      goyougoodthing - 2012-05-18 07:05

      I also think being paid for being proficient and increases for doing a great job - this kind of action promotes incompetence, yet again.

  • Sivuyile - 2012-05-18 03:02

    Its about time, but this should be across the board for all essential staff in the government.

  • Gxowa Vusumzi Coward - 2012-05-18 03:09

    Thank you Minister sisulu we apreciate any effort U r making to address our problem.u really dd ur research very well.I'm sure all uniform members r so excited cz finally someone understand their pain n suffering Siyabulela Mama wethu

  • MichaelThekiso - 2012-05-18 05:19

    It's about time too! I hope this will go a long way in improving discipline, operational effectiveness and the professional image of the SANDF.

  • Freddy - 2012-05-18 05:26

    This issue will in no doubt be in the leading newspapers very soon and will be a subject under discussion by all SANDF members in no time at all. REMEMBER WORDS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY ACTION! It's true the best ones have left already, but lets try to salvage something.

      Mdunge Mndeni da M - 2013-05-08 22:39

      As a SANDF student i do support ur comment sir

  • clive.brink - 2012-05-18 05:30

    Ja, no well, fine! Good intentions Mrs Minister, now put it into practise. Our soldiers have been neglected for far too long. Make them proud to be soldiers again!

      Andre - 2012-05-20 22:22

      Hi Clive, were you in ROC till end 84?

  • Velly Williams Komane - 2012-05-18 06:17

    we thank you minister but can you please quicken the process

      tloupat.kgows - 2012-05-22 09:56

      gud job minister.please make it quick for soldiers to b proud of themselves.

  • Saamprater - 2012-05-18 06:19

    What, now a connected corporal can earn a million a year? Stupid, stupid, stupid!!!

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-18 06:29

    As long as merit is a criteria, a lazy guy getting more money just because he has many years service under the belt is not fair on the rest of the countries citizens. But ja, when I was in the force a SgtMjr with 20 years service got much more than a rookie lieut. Is that no longer the case?

  • Blip - 2012-05-18 07:52

    If you can't pass promotion exams and move to a higher rank, you're too stupid to be paid more and to hold more responsibility. You're lowly-ranked for a good reason.

      Johnny - 2012-05-18 08:28

      True. But a S Sgt with 12years service can't receive the same pay as a troop with 2 Months service.

      Johan - 2012-05-18 12:52

      @ Blip- I agree 100% - so what the Minister is proposing is that you sit on your backside and do nothing and you could end up being paid more than the person who took the initiative to study and do courses i.o.w you are being rewarded for being a useless soldier

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-05-18 14:08

      There is a difference between an NCO and a CO, although the one has to salute the lowest ranked of the other, it does not mean a one pip lieut deserves more money than a SSgt with 15 years service. Some people are just less academic than others, it does not mean what they contribute is any less than the academic guy.

  • Johnny - 2012-05-18 07:55

    This should have been done years ago. With 12 years service and MSDs (roofies) getting the same amount a month was terribly unfair against the soldiers who made this a career. I might not have left if this was done earlier.

  • sticky.toffee - 2012-05-18 08:29

    Ok, think this out carefully......With de linking pay to rank what this will mean is that those members, who thru the years have shown no skill or have lacked performance and therefore have stayed on the same rank, these members will now be rewarded just because they have stuck around *eish* The current SANDF facilities are in a state - and are not being adequately maintained, How the hell are they going to start up creche's to look after kids of parents that will be deployed? Lets first try to get the basics right - like working equipment, disciplined soldiers, proper accomodation and an effective training program.

  • Moses Jabulani Zwane - 2013-10-15 17:33

    It was too good to be true. I wish for the good of our SANDF,we get vissionary and focused leadership.

  • Herklaas Jantjies - 2014-04-06 13:56

    2 years ....???????

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