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To direct the development and maintenance of the Reserve System, to provide specialist advice on Reserve matters and to promote / market the Reserves and the volunteer Reserve System.


The Vision of Defence Reserves is that a viable Reserve Force exists as a fully employable partner in SANDF defence capabilities. This Vision is in response to the following Vision of CSANDF: A SANDF that is ready and capable of effectively and professionally executing successful missions and operations, as directed by government.


The Reserve Force Division (Chief Defence Reserves) is to provide overall strategic direction for a combat ready Reserve Force and positively influence/direct reserve force renewal.

To this end, the Reserve Force Division is to participate in all strategic planning. It is to advise, monitor, evaluate and report to the Reserve Force constituency on a combat ready Reserve Force (including force preparation, force employment, force support). It promotes the Reserve Force and it catalyzes present processes in respect of the Reserve Force, in order to contribute to the establishment of a combat ready Reserve Force.

Role of The Reserves

The role of the Reserves is as follows:

• To augment the Regulars in ongoing operations and activities of the Defence Force.

• To form part of both the standing and surge military force design.

• To provide the expansion capability of the Defence Force for major combat operations and crisis response.

• To provide certain specialist and scarce skills to the Defence Force.

• To provide the main specialist capabilities for reconstruction and development.

• To enhance the relationship between Defence and the Public and Private sectors.


The Reserve Force Division was established in 2003 and the Reserve Force Strategy was developed in 2004 which emphasised the importance of having a tranformed and viable Reserve Force. The Division is headed by a Major General with its HQ in Pretoria and 10 Provincial offices, 2 in Gauteng, North and South. The Division has a total strenght of 31 posts on its establishment of both Regular and PSAP members. It also has Reserve Force members that are called-up when there is a requirement. Each regionl office is headed by a Reserve Force Colonel/Captain (SAN).

Code of Conduct

• I pledge to serve and defend my country and its people in accordance with the Constitution and the law and with honour, dignity, courage and integrity.

• I serve in the SANDF with loyalty and pride, and as a citizen and a volunteer.

• I respect the democratic political process and civil control of the SANDF.

• I will not advance or harm the interests of any political party or organisation.

• I will not advance or harm the interests of any political party or organisation

• I will obey all lawful commands and respect all superiors.

• I will refuse to obey an obviously illegal order.

• I will carry out my mission with courage and assist my comrades-in-arms, even at the risk of my own life.

• I will treat all people fairly and respect their rights and dignity at all times, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, culture, language and sexual orientation.

• I will respect and support subordinates and treat them fairly.

• I will report criminal activity, corruption and misconduct to the appropriate authority.

• I will strive to improve the capabilities of the SANDF by maintaining discipline, safeguarding property, developing skills and knowledge, and performing my duties diligently and professionally.


Chief Defence Reserves

Major General Roy Andersen, CSSA, SD, SM, MMM, JCD Chief of Defence Reserves, SA National Defence Force

Roy Andersen was born on 12 May 1948 and matriculated at Northview High School.While studying at the University of the Witwatersrand, he was awarded prizes as the top student in two of his five academic years. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant (SA) in 1972 and as a Certified Public Accountant in 1975 in Texas.

Major General Andersen started his career at Ernst & Whinney Chartered Accountants in 1966 and subsequently became Chairman of Ernst & Young. Thereafter he went on to The Johannesburg Stock Exchange as Executive President over the period 1992 until 1997. In March 1997 he was appointed as Chairman of Murray & Roberts Holdings and Virgin Active South Africa and in June 2004 as Chairman of Sanlam Limited. He has since retired from Sanlam and Murray & Roberts Holdings and has become a director of Sasfin, Nampak and Aspen.

With regards to Major General Andersen’s military career, he was commissioned into the Artillery in 1966. He commanded the Transvaal Horse Artillery from 1976 – 1979 and was thereafter appointed as Senior Staff Officer Artillery and subsequently Senior Staff Officer Operations of 7 Infantry Division. Major General Andersen was promoted to the rank of Major General in October 2003.

Positions that Major General Andersen currently occupies are Chief Defence Reserves for the South African National Defence Force, Honorary Colonel of the Transvaal Horse Artillery as well as a member of the Military Command Council and the Defence Staff Council.

Major General Andersen has been awarded the Star of South Africa, Southern Cross Decoration (SD), Southern Cross Medal (SM), Military Merit Medal (MMM), Pro Patria Medal with Cunenc Clasp, Unitas Medal, Mandela Medal - Silver, General Service Medal as well as the John Chard Decoration (JCD) with 30 year clasp.

Major General Roy Andersen, Chief of Defence Reserves, was also appointed General of the Gunners of the SA National Defence Force in December 2005 and retired from the post in May 2015.Maj General Andersen is married to Wendy and has two daughters and a son.

Director Defence Reserves

Brig Gen Debbie Molefe, Director Defence Reserves

Susan Debbie Molefe matriculated in 1987 at Gaborone Secondary School, Botswana where she did her Cambridge O’ Levels. In 1994 she obtained a Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from the University of Botswana. During this time her major subjects were Demography and Environmental Science. Brigadier General Molefe obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Management in 2003 at the Medical University of Southern Africa (MEDUNSA). In 2004 she did a certificate programme in Senior Management Development at the Tshwane University of Technology and in 2010 she also acquired a certificate in Defence and Security Management at the University of the Witwatersrand. The General recently in 2015 acquired a Masters Degree in Public Management from Regenesys Business School.

Brigadier General Molefe started her civilian career in 1995 when she worked for the Botswana Government, as an Assistant Housing Officer at the Ministry of Local Government, Lands and Housing. In 1996 she resigned to re-join her family in South Africa.

Her military career started in 1997 when she integrated into the SA National Defence Force through the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS).In 1997, Brigadier General Molefe was commissioned with the rank of Major and completed the Officer’s Formative course. She also completed the Medical Platoon Commanders and Junior Command and Staff Courses between 1997 and 1999.

She was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1999 and served in the SO1 Planning (SAMHS Corporate Plan) post. She completed the Joint Senior Command and Staff Programme in 2004 and was promoted to the rank of Colonel in 2005 and served in the post of SSO Career Management (SAMHS HR).In 2006 she was posted as SSO Support (Defence Reserves) at Chief Defence Reserves and completed the Executive National Security Programme in 2008.She was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 2009 and now serves as the Director Defence Reserves.

Brigadier General Debbie Molefe has been awarded the Unitas Medal, General Service Medal 10 years and General Service Medal 20 years.Brigadier General Debbie Molefe has been blessed with a son and a daughter.

Deputy Chief Director Defence Reserves

Brigadier General J.J.G. Gibbs, SM, MMM, DWD Deputy Chief Director Defence Reserves

Brig Gen John Gibbs was born on 25 April 1958 and matriculated at St John’s College, Johannesburg.He studied at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal where he obtained an honors degree in agriculture.Brig Gen Gibbs has been self employed all his life, mainly in the agriculture and related industries. He currently owns a dairy farm in Kwa-Zulu Natal.He is also the chairman of nu-africa, an organization specializing in the planning and design of developmental projects in rural areas, as well as turnaround strategies for agriculture and security based organizations.

Brig Gen Gibbs was commissioned in 1982 to the Intelligence Corps of the SA Army. He has held many command and staff posts throughout his career. He commanded Drakensberg Commando from 1992 to 1996. He was also appointed at the Army Senior Command and Staff College as a directing staff member. He was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in January 2006.He has been awarded the Southern Cross Medal, the Military Merit Medal and the De Wet decoration.Brig Gen Gibbs is married to Cheryl and has two sons and a daughter.

Warrant Officer of the Reserves

SCWO J.A.D. Viljoen

Born 30 March 1961.Grew up in the town of Vereeniging, he Matriculated in 1979.National military service in 1980. He was promoted to corporal and mechanized infantry instructor in 1981.He became a Reserve member with Johannesburg Regiment in 1982,he got promoted to Sergeant in 1984, promoted to Staff Sergeant in 1987, promoted to Warrant Officer in 1989, promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major in 1990, promoted to Brigade Sergeant Major Infantry at 7 Division in 1994,promoted to Warrant Officer Reserves Army Division in 1997, Transferred to Chief Joint Operations as Reserve Warrant Officer in 2002 and promoted to Senior Chief Warrant Officer in 2009 and transferred to Reserve Division of Defence (Warrant Officer Reserve).

Medals Received:

• Pro Patria Medal - Border Only
• Southern African Medal - Internal Duty
• General Service Medal - Internal Operations
• Unity Medal - Unification 1994
• Tshumelo Ikatelaho - General Service Medal - Operations
• John Chard Medal - Long Service

Currently he is employed as a Manager in a Property Valuation company called Abalaing Valuers.



  • The Reserve Force is structured, educated, trained, equipped and utilised to enhance the operational outputs of the SANDF.

  • The Reserve Force provides the SANDF with the ability to expand rapidly and respond to crises when the need arises.

  • The Reserve Force enhances close ties with the communities of South Africa and in so doing enhances the concept of good civil military relations.

  • The Reserve Force contributes to nation building and the achievement of national goals through participation in all military operations as well as operations other than war.

  • The Reserve Force participates in and enhances the achievement of all the military strategic objectives.

  • The Reserve Force provides South Africa with a cost effective, sustainable defence capacity in accordance with Government policy prescripts.


Reserve Force Strategy

Ministerial Priority

Ministerial Priority

Revitalisation of the Reserves.

The revitalization and transformation of the Reserves remains a priority, particularly because, out of a total of 22 600 Reserves, 14 600 were called up and mostly deployed in border safeguarding operations. The role of the Reserves requires them to be of the right profile of a soldier in order to perform their duties successfully. It is thus critical to ensure that the Reserves are rejuvenated, revitalised and transformed on a continuous basis.


Reserve Force Logo

Reserve Force Logo



The design of the Reserve Force logo represents a cog with the SANDF logo in the middle which confirms that this is the logo of a military element.


The significance of the cog (which was originally used as a logo by commerce and industry) is two fold as it is internationally used to reflect the relationship between the military and commerce and industry and as such the expansion capability of the Reserve Force.

With the formation of the National Defence Liaison Council (now known as “The Council for Support of National Defence”) and the recent Defence Provincial Liaison Councils (DPLCs), it was important that the logo of the Reserve Force should represent the close relationship between the SANDF and commerce and industry as the majority of Reserve Force members should firstly be full-time employees within commerce and industry and secondly part-time soldiers.

The logo in itself symbolises the good understanding with the business community in that they will in future be prepared to allow their staff to attend military training and operational deployment.

As in overseas countries, a win win situation is created as the military training that Reserve Force members undergo also positively influences their bearing (attitude, leadership skills, discipline) and functional capabilities in their civilian careers.

The recognition given to commerce and industry in the SANDF Reserve Force logo clearly indicates the importance of the future military-civilian partnership in building an effective Reserve Force and thus effective defence for the Country

Voluntary Service Badge

Voluntary Service Badge



The Badge for voluntary service is awarded to Officers, Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Other Ranks of the Reserve Force of the South African National Defence Force who complete a period of five years of exemplary voluntary service in the Reserve Force of the South African National Defence Force.

The Badge is awarded by the Chief of the SANDF on the recommendation of the Chief of the Services, to whom the awarding powers of the C SANDF may be delegated.

The design of the Badge is that of the Badge of the South African National Defence Force in enamel, encircled by a gilt protea wreath, the whole 30 mm in height by 25 mm in width. A cloth emblem is also issued to a recipient in to be worn in accordance with the prescribed dress regulations.

As a National Defence Force distinction for exemplary voluntary Reserve Force service, the Badge takes precedence over and is worn above badges for proficiency, qualification, trades or identity.

Divisional, Formation and Unit commanders recommend to the next higher headquarters on the prescribed form, the award of the Badge in respect of each qualifying member of the Reserve Force.

The Badge may also be awarded for service in honorary appointments.

The institution, wearing, conditions, restrictions and procedures for the award is prescribed in CSANDF Instruction No 05/04 under reference
HR SUP CEN/AWARDS/R/104/13/2/8/1/P dated 17 August 2004.