Defence minister names DMV turnaround team


Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has named her “formidable team” to lead a turnaround at the Department of Military Veterans (DMV).

She appears to be taking a similar approach to that used by her predecessor, Lindiwe Sisulu, when she named the Defence Review Committee.

The DMV turnaround comprises a steering committee, under convenor and programme management co-ordinator Sipho Majombozi, with a separate ten-member resource panel.

Majombozi’s steering committee has six members. They are Billy Masetlha, Sue Rabkin, Dr Thandi Ndlovu, retired lieutenant general Justice Nkonyane, Siphiwe Sokhela and Simphiwe Hamilton.

Majombozi is termed “an ANC activist cum businessman” by the SANDF publication, SA Soldier. According to Who’s Who South Africa he is owner/director of firms and a military practitioner.

Masetlha is a former director-general of the SA National Intelligence Agency and also served as a presidential advisor from 2002 to 2006 and Rabkin is a long-time advisor in the Defence Ministry. Ndlovu is a former MK member and founder of Motheo Construction while Justice Nkonyane is a former SANDF Chief of Logistics and Sokhela was chief financial officer at the Department of Correctional Services. Hamilton is the executive director of the South African Aerospace Maritime and Defence Industries Association (AMD).

Resource panel members are Sebinah Hlapolosa, Keith Mokoapa (retired major general), Uriel Abrahamse, Donovan Adison, Thami Ntenteni, Dr Snuki Zikalala, Nomsa Mkhwanazi, Thabo Kubu, Lucky Magingxa and retired brigadier general Mbulelo Fihla.

Mapisa-Nqakula said in a statement the turnaround team will be “dispatched to support the DMV for a period of six months. The turnaround programme will focus, among others, on addressing the programmatic, structural and policy matters affecting the department’s ability to fulfil its mandate”.

She first made public her intentions to improve all operational aspects of the DMV during her budget vote address in the National Assembly in May and again late in July when she addressed a military veterans indaba at Ekurhuleni.

The steering committee, resource panel and a programme management office have, according to the statement, been operational since September 1.

Mapisa-Nqakula has named four critical areas for the turnaround team’s priority. These are policy considerations to inform “a new and aligned vision and design of the department”; a legislative mandate; financial accounting and an operational rescue place. This must stabilise current operations and ensure “quick wins” in the areas of education support, healthcare, housing, burial support, heritage and memorials.

The turnaround team will submit monthly progress reports to both Mapisa-Nqakula and her deputy, Kebby Maphatsoe. Additional reports will be tabled at the Council of Defence meeting every two months.