media statement 2009

STATEMENT BY DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE HEADQUARTERS

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE SKILLS RECRUITMENT AND MARKETING DRIVE CONTINUES IN THE KWA ZULU – NATAL AREAS ON SUNDAY 22 MARCH 2009

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF)’s recruitment drive to swell its ranks to eleven thousand by 2010/11 will receive a major boost when the Department of Defence (DOD) delegation visit various villages of the KwaZulu-Natal Province on Sunday 22 March 2009, to encourage the locals to join the military through the Military Skills Development System (MSDS).

The MSDS is currently focused on rural areas of the country to ensure that the youth from such areas also benefit from career opportunities offered by the SANDF. Furthermore, the targeting of the rural areas by the SANDF to recruit young, deserving and healthy youth, will ensure that the SANDF mirror the demographics of the country.

The DOD recruitment drive will begin in the Highflats at Phungashe at 09:00 and will conclude at Maluti and Matatiele villages. The visit is part of the department’s nation-wide marketing tour, largely focusing on rural areas, to attract talented young people into the scarce skills professions such as becoming pilots, engineers, professional health workers, naval combat officers, airspace controllers and technicians, amongst others.

So far, the Department has had successful visits in the North-West, Ganyesa village and Manguzi, a rural area in Kwa Zulu Natal. The DOD MSDS recruitment drive will be taken to all nine provinces of South Africa.

The MSDS primary aim is to rejuvenate the SANDF, provide it with scarce skills as well as serve as a feeder system for the Defence Reserves.

Since its establishment in 2003, the SANDF has recruited and trained over 23 000 youths, of whom 12 000 have been appointed in the Regulars. More than 5 000 are available in the Reserve service.

The MSDS is one of the government’s key focus areas and as such the department has been allocated R700 Million in order to increase the annual intake to up to 10 000 recruits from the year 2010. This vigorous marketing vehicle seeks to achieve the government’s target of 10 000 recruits for the year 2010.

You are cordially invited to send a journalist and a photographer/Cameraperson to the Department of Defence Skills recruitment and Marketing Drive at the Highflats in Phugashe Village, Kwa Zulu-Natal at 09:00.

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ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE.

Contact: Mr Sam Mkhwanazi
083 628 0858
or
Mr Themba Gadebe
083 62 808 62