Limpopo’s military veteran population can look forward to a provincial government task team looking out for them and their best interests.
The establishment of a Limpopo provincial government inter-ministerial task team specifically for military veterans was made known at the weekend by Deputy President David Mabuza. He heads a president military veterans task team and was in the provincial capital Polokwane to interact with old soldiers and, according to a statement, “assess progress achieved by government in addressing the challenges faced by military veterans”.
The provincial veterans’ task team is, as far as can be established, the first of its kind nationally. Mabuza said the team’s establishment was “a step in the right direction towards ensuring the challenges facing military veterans are addressed in a co-ordinated and integrated manner”.
Provincial MECs (Members of the Executive Committee) on the task team represent treasury, education, co-operative governance and traditional affairs, health as well as economic development, environment and tourism.
Mabuza told the Polokwane gathering “112 units addressing human settlement needs” had been completed without indicating where.
South Africa’s second citizen, according to a Presidency statement, told Limpopo veterans and senior public representatives from the provincial government “military veterans must organise and be united”.
“Only when they are united will they be able to address pressing issues of interest. Military veterans should further participate in processes toward amendment of the Military Veterans Act.”
Mabuza named the seven work streams identified by the Presidential task team to improve the lot of military veterans. They are legislative review; organisational redesign; socio-economic support; database verification, cleansing and enhancement; heritage and memorialisation; pension and benefits; and communication.