Dept of Military Veterans relocates to Pretoria

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The Department of Military Veterans (DMV) has moved to offices in Pretoria’s Hatfield suburb as part of its “drive to bring its services closer to veterans”.

The DMV previously occupied office space on Denel’s Irene campus in Centurion, south of Pretoria, which was not easily accessible by public transport. In Hatfield it is close to a Gautrain station and will be close to the Tshwane Metro rapid bus transport system, currently under construction.

Director General Tsepe Motumi said the department’s database currently held details of 57 000 military veterans. This was made up of former SA Defence Force (SADF) soldiers, non-statutory forces, the former TBVC states and World War veterans.
“The database is being processed to ensure needy and vulnerable military veterans are identified and provided with assistance in terms of education, health, jobs and other social needs.
“In the roll-out of benefits, priority is given to the needy and disadvantaged military veterans, the majority of who come from the former non-statutory forces. The database also includes permanent force members of the former SADF [South African Defence Force] as well as former TBVC [Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei] soldiers. Processing of the database is meant to ensure it is credible and that the progressive realisation of benefits to all military veterans is done efficiently and effectively across the various categories of veterans in the long term,” he said.

In a statement on its website, the DMV said it “is committed to facilitating delivery, co-ordinating all activities that recognise and entrench the restoration of dignity and appreciation of the contribution of military veterans to freedom and nation building”.

Veterans who need to contact the DMV should either go to 1052 Festival Street in Hatfield or call the toll-free number 0800 201 063. The postal address is Private Bag X943, Pretoria, 0001.

In addition to housing the director general and those responsible for processing the national military veterans database, the new premises also house units dedicated to healthcare and wellness services, bursaries and skills development and empowerment.