William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
4 Dec 2021
5:15 am

Pat-a-cake… soldier man: SANDF’s solution to its crippling lack of funding

William Saunderson-Meyer

The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has found an innovative solution to its crippling lack of funding. It’s started a chain of bakeries “to create self-sustainment”, it says.

Members of the SANDF watch bombs being dropped during an exercise demonstration at the SA Army Combat Training Centre in the Northern Cape, 9 November 2021. Picture: Jacques Nelles

It’s the latest SA iteration of the Bible: “They shall beat their swords into spatulas and their spears into tester needles…” The SA National Defence Force (SANDF) has found an innovative solution to its crippling lack of funding. It’s started a chain of bakeries “to create self-sustainment”, it says. The idea is that the bakeries – employing military veterans, the dependants of soldier families and people with disabilities – will feed the soldiers and help “overcome budget difficulties”. The move adds new meaning to the quip about being short of dough. Apart from feeding the troops, the bakeries will sell...