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PRETORIA – The South African Police Service (SAPS) has entered into a 2020 collective agreement with the Security and Branch Councils (SSSBC) for the restructuring of the organization under the SSSBC 1 agreement. The agreement, which came into force on November 30, 2020, aims to ensure that the organization is able to effectively fulfill its mandate. The agreement was reached by SAPS as an employer and the Police and Prison Civil Rights Union (POPCRU) and the South African Policing Union (SAPU) as recognised unions within the service. The voting and placement of members in the new structure is ensured by the committees set up by the national commissioner, both at the national and provincial levels. The restructuring process also introduced the police district development model, which was aligned with the statement of his excellence, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, on the introduction of this district governance model. In keeping with this call, SAPS is reorienting more anti-crime initiatives for the Organization, as part of an integrated approach, in cooperation with relevant stakeholders, to more effectively combat crime and improve the provision of services at the local level. Questions: Brigadier Vish Naidoo (SAPS National Spokesperson) 082 567 4153; Colonel Athlenda Maths 082 040 8808 The process will be phased in gradually, cascading from the resources of departments, provinces and districts, police stations and special forces, where essential police functions will be implemented. The priority objective of the process, which must be implemented fairly and impartially, focuses on service delivery, optimal use of executives, a low-cost organizational structure that also supports the essential functions of the service and the multitasking of professionals. The implementation of the restructuring plan within the organization streamlined the SAPS structure from four (4) assistant national commissioners to three (3) and thirteen (13) divisions to ten (10). In order to reduce the size of the compensation budget, SAPS already proposes early retirement plans for members aged 55 and over and also provides comprehensive assistance measures to mitigate the impact of this process on the staff and the environment concerned. „This process will also unintentionally address the national finance ministry`s guidelines to reduce the compensation budget. SAPS, like any other government agency, were also required to comply with cash flow guidelines, which recently resulted in a reduction of 4.9 billion euros in the current fiscal year.