South Africa’s military veterans – and their dependents – will be pleased to learn the turnaround strategy at the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) is in “full swing”.
DMV head of communications, Mbuelo Musi, this week said: “Significant progress is being made to turn the DMV into an effective and efficient department capable of delivering on its constitutional and legal mandate to build a better life for military veterans”.
Last August Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula told a women’s empowerment workshop the need to improve the capacity of the DMV has been clearly identified.
She said a turnaround team would be in place for up to 18 months and for the first six months of work the team would report fortnightly.
Heading up what she called a “formidable” team to oversee the DMV turnaround is 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.
A 10-member resource panel was named by Mapisa-Nqakula to further assist in making the turnaround strategy reality. Its 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.
Musi said the Strategic Turnaround Initiative (STI) has finalised its terms of reference.
“They are being implemented. A programme management office has been put in place and is now working full-time at the DMV’s Pretoria office.”
Six specific work streams are tasked with a legislative and policy review; acceleration of benefits to military veterans including education support, housing and burial support as well as creating a reliable veterans’ database; improving the DMV financial management system; creating effective communication and stakeholder management; implementing effective human resource practices monitoring and evaluating specific programmes as they are implemented.
The Minister has already been briefed once this year by the STI.