The medium term between now (2017) and 2020 is going to be a time of consolidation and improvement for the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) with the concurrent improvement of services to former soldiers.
This is the gist of the DMV medium term performance plan tabled in Parliament earlier this year.
In his introductory notes, acting DMV director general Max Ozinsky, states the 2017/18 financial year will be “an eventful one” for the department.
“It will usher in a new direction in honouring and memorialisation of fallen heroes with a number of celebrations planned for the year. This includes the 35th anniversary of the Maseru Massacre, the 50th anniversary of Comrade Wankie Sipolilo Battles and the 30th Anniversary of the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale to name a few. It will also bring in new planning methodology in light of the last financial year’s audit findings,” he writes.
Apart from this Ozinsky sees the DMV with a crucial role in delivering services to destitute military veterans who “fought for democracy”. This will be done via, among others, the DMV budget programmes covering administration, socio-economic support and empowerment and stakeholder management.
He also notes the DMV will pay attention to making corporate governance and accountability more efficient and prudent in driving DMV implementation plans with financial objectives geared to “increasing spend on the basis of an unqualified audit”.
Ozinsky also maintains strong organisational performance that focuses on accountability and the efficient use of resources will be part and parcel of DMV activities in the medium term.
The DMV will put in place operating procedures to manage the military veterans’ database “which is at the centre pf all services delivered to military veterans”. This includes resolving information and communications technology relating to the database and developing systems to integrate it with a benefits delivery system.
The acting director general indicates in the performance plan that the military veterans’ database will be verified in the current financial year.
In her message Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula notes the DMV performance plan is the first planning instrument to follow the conclusion of the turnaround support initiative (TSI) established in the DMV by her Ministry in the 2015/16 financial year. It recommended, among others, medium to long term review of design and mandate of the department as well as “various quick-wins” to stabilise operations. These included processes to fix the military veterans database, ensure its credibility and that it functionally operates on effective systems.