RFC Contribution

With regard to Reserves the RFC provides:


  • high level representation on general Reserve matters as part of the MODMV

  • independent views and insights

  • provides a wide range of professional expertise and experience

  • independent International reach with relevant organisations

  • National and International opportunities for Young Leaders

RFC a Statutory Body

The Council conducts its business in accordance with a constitution approved by the Minister in terms of the Defence Act, No 42 of 2002 and as a recognised Public Entity.

The Council is a consultative and advisory body representing the Reserve Force in order to promote and maintain that force as an integral part of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) and must be consulted on any legislation, policy or
administrative measures affecting the Reserve Force.

RFC Roles and Functions
  • To advise and consult with the MODMV and others on matters affecting the Reserve Force.

  • To contribute to the decision-making process in the MODMV on matters which affect the Reserve Force.

  • To promote the development of Reserve Force support structures involving community, employers and employee.

  • To assist with the development and implementation of the Reserve Force voluntary System.

  • To actively support the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) in the recruitment of volunteers to serve.

  • To liaise with other relevant National and International organizations on Reserve Force and other related matters.

  • To undertake any task or projects falling within the ambit of its mission and aims.

  • To help promote a “One Force” culture in the SANDF.

  • To identify opportunities for skills development for employable Reserves.

RFC Milestones
  • 1992 - Formed in September due to concerns about the future of citizen soldiers

  • 1992/3 - Negotiated for the Reserve Force future with political parties and JMCC

  • 1994 - Defense Deputy Minister R Kasrils introduced ex- NSF leaders

  • 1996 - All Reserve Force units become members

  • 2000 - Absorbed AORSA, ROASA into RFCA

  • 2002 - Given statutory status in Defense Act of 2002

  • 2005 - SANDF issued Consultation Instruction

  • 2007 - Represented on the Defense Reserve Board

  • 2013 - Revised RFC Constitution approved by the Minister

  • 2014 - Promulgation of RFC Regulations awaited

RFC Internasional Relationships
  • Associate member of the Inter-allied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR)

  • Associate member of the Inter-allied Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers (CIOMR)

  • Signed bi-lateral memorandums of agreement with our counterparts in United Kingdom, Sweden and Italy (pending)

  • South Africa’s sole access to International Military Skills and Combat shooting competitions

  • Entrance to the CIOR Young Reserve Officer Workshops

  • Many informal relationships with 37 countries

RFC Background
  • RFC was created in 1992 by the Reserves and mandated to represent them

  • Constituent members are the Regiments and Units

  • Individual membership is through the RFC Association (RFCA)

  • Appointments of selected Office Bearers by the Minister

  • RFC is not a trade union or alternative command structure

  • Speaks with authority and confidence about Reserve matters

  • RFC aims to secure sustainable collaboration with Parliamentary committees,

  • MODMV, Secretariat, Senior SANDF structures and all influential stakeholders

  • Reserves represented in SANDF Levels 2, 3 and 4

RFC Achievements

Reserve Force and RFC inclusions in:

  • 1996 White Paper

  • 1998 Defense Review

  • 2002 Defense Act

  • 2010 Defense Amendment

  • 2012/3 Defense Review

  • First to initiate strategy for the Reserve Force

  • First to brief JSCD on weak policy implementation iro Reserve Force (Nov 2001)

  • Persuaded the Minister to create the post Chief of Defense Reserves

  • Opening up of Level 2 and 3 posts for Reserves

RFC - SANDF Joint Ventures (JV)

South African Army Reserve Shooting Association (SAARSA)

  • JV between RFC and SA Army

  • Annual Shooting Week in March, over 800 Regular and Reserve shottists participate along with International Teams

  • International competitions

Military Skills Competitions

  • JV between RFC and Reserve Division

  • Annual National Competition in October

  • International Competitions in July/August overseas

Young Reserve Officer Workshop (YROW)

  • JV between RFC and Reserve Division

  • Regional and National selections

  • CIOR Summer Congress overseas in July/August

RFC Expected outputs include
  • The provision of advice to the MODMV

  • Consultation/policy/legal advice to identified stakeholders

  • Develop and maintain the Reserve Force Service System

  • Promote Reserve Force support structures

  • Communication, marketing, and promotion of the Reserves and the Reserve Service System

  • Proposal of projects

  • Establishment of an Honorary Colonels Club

  • Establishment and maintenance of both multi and bilateral links with International Reserve Officers’ Associations

  • Identifying and advancing international opportunities for young Reserve Force leaders, both Officers and NCO’s

RFC in a nutshell
  • is an unique South African Institution

  • is the Reserve’s own organization representing them

  • remains vital to the future of our Reserves

  • must be consulted, but should rather be a desired source of knowledge and insight

  • should be utilized in its role of advisor and consultative body to a greater extent

  • should continue to support the drive for an unique feeder system of Reserves

  • should continue to drive for junior leader training and promotion

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