During her Budget Vote Speech in Parliament on 17 March, 2019, the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, the Hon Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula referred to the Reserves as follows:
“The Reserve Force made an enormous contribution to the operational performance of the Defence Force during the last financial year by providing over 14 000 members for various tasks.
In response to my directive in this House last year, we have developed a new Reserve Force Service System that is now ready for implementation.
A decision has been taken to hold a Reserve Force Indaba in September 2019.
After a lengthy consultation process, I have signed into effect the name-changes of the Reserve Force Units in the South African Army. These names now reflect a healthy balance of the South African military heritage.
We are encouraged by the number of professionals and highly skilled persons in South Africa who volunteer to serve in the Reserve Force.”
In his speech, The Deputy Minister, Hon Thabang Makwetla said:
“When our defence establishment was constituted following the integration process in 1994, we took a view that to maintain an appropriate military capability for the country in an affordable economic way, our defence force must be structured and maintained on the basis of the ‘one force concept’. This was going to assist in cutting down the regular force which would be complemented by a professional Reserve Force.
Among the things we need to do is to ensure that “the new Military Strategy enables the SANDF to develop combat, combat support, and combat service support capabilities, both in the Reserves and the regular that conform to the POSTEDFIT systems approach.”