Unemployed youth should join the army: Zuma
Faced with increasing levels of youth unemployment in the country‚ President Jacob Zuma used the Armed Forces Day held in Durban to fire home the need for young people can grab career opportunities in the military.
Addressing the Armed Forced Day celebrations at the Moses Mabhida Stadium today‚ Zuma said that‚ through the Military Skills Development System‚ the South African National Defence Force has continued to recruit healthy and fit young people to its ranks.
“They can be artisans‚ doctors‚ nurses‚ engineers and whatever they want to be within the armed forces.
“Over the past three years‚ the SANDF has recruited over 11‚000 young people into the ranks of the defence force‚” said Zuma.
The SANDF also advances its career opportunities by supporting other government departments in their community development work‚ he said.
Zuma heaped praise on the contribution of the SANDF when there are disasters like floods or fires such as the fires that engulfed the Western Cape over a long period.
“As we speak‚ the South African National Defence Force has been involved in Disaster Management in the wake of Cyclone Dineo. An Oryx Helicopter is on standby at Air Forces Base Hoedspruit to cover both Mpumalanga and Limpopo Provinces with some operational members deployed at the Provincial Joint Centre in Mpumalanga‚” he said.