MEDIA RELEASE BY MINISTRY OF DEFENCE AND
South African National Defence Force (SANDF)
support during Public Service strike.
Date of release 20 August 2010
The SANDF has been instructed to render
support to any government department that may
require assistance during the Public Service
strike. In response to the instruction, SANDF
soldiers have been deployed in Gauteng, Limpopo
and KwaZulu Natal while forces have been placed
on standby in Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, Western
Cape, Free State, North West and the Northern
On request of the Department of Health, the
SA Military Health Service (SAMHS) has deployed
medical teams to support medical functions at
the following Provincial Hospitals:
- Natalspruit Hospital,
- Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital,
- Helen Joseph Hospital.
- King Edward Hospital,
- Mahatma Ghandi Memorial Hospital.
The SAMHS is ready to deploy further medical
teams where such assistance may be required. To
ensure both the safety of SANDF personnel
deployed to hospitals and the continued
provision of essential services, the SANDF has
deployed SA Army elements as a protection
element to each of these hospitals.
The SANDF is fully committed to fulfil its
mandate in support of the people of the Republic
of South Africa.
Issued by: Defence Corporate
(Defence Media Liaison)
Enquiries: Head of Communication
Mr Siphiwe Dlamini
(012) 355 6501 (tel)
083 645 4294 (mob)