media statement 2011

MEDIA INVITATION BY DEPARTMENT  OF DEFENCE: South African Army Engineer formation change of command Parade: Military Base Dunottar 

Date of release 18 January 2012

The South African National Defence Force (SANDF), Defence Reserve Division (Def Res Div) will host a three-day Reserve Force Strategic Work Session at Saint George Hotel (Pretoria) from 16th to 18th February 2012.

The aim of this workshop is to develop a sustainable plan to accelerate the revitalisation of the SANDF Reserve Force and to enhance the contribution of this component to the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the Department of Defence (DOD).

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans (MOD & MV), Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, has identified the revitalisation of the Reserve Force as a ministerial priority and has articulated Government’s assessment of the importance of this capability.. The Ministerial priority, as confirmed in the Defence Budget Vote debate during March 2011, is described as follows:

“ The Reserves must be transformed and revitalised so that they can fulfil their primary role of providing the majority of the conventional landward capability of the SANDF, whilst at the same time supplementing the peace support missions conducted by the Regulars. The Reserve strategy must be finalised and fully implemented.”

The Minister will deliver a keynote address on 17 February 2012 at 10:00. There will be participation of international guests from other Defence Forces including the United Kingdom; the United States of America and Tanzania as well as local speakers from academia and the military.

You are cordially invited to cover the keynote address on Friday, 17 February 2012 from 11h00 to 12h00. Assigned journalists are requested to RSVP as depicted below.

Details of the event are as follows:

• Venue: Saint George Hotel (Pretoria)
• Date: 16th to 18th February 2012
• MOD&MV Address: 17th February 2012 from 10h00 to


Issued by: Department of Defence
Defence Corporate Communication
Media Liaison

Enquiries: Colonel Cappy Motswadira
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Defence Reserves Division
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