New military veterans organisation has R300 million to disburse


The six-strong executive of the newly formed SA National Military Veterans association (SANMVA) will oversee the allocation of R300 million worth of benefits and services in the current financial year.

This gives SANMVA president Kebby Maphatsoe and his six member executive just over seven months to disburse the money on benefits ranging from healthcare and assistance with jobs and housing through to veterans’ memorials and burial insurance, before the next financial cycle starts. They will also oversee military pensions, free and/or subsidised access to public transport, education support, counselling and entrepreneurial support for deserving veterans.

All benefits will be accessed through a means test with each individual evaluated on a needs assessment and on a case by case basis.

Maphatsoe is a representative of MK and his first deputy president is retired major general Gert Opperman (Council of Military Veterans Organisations) with LV Mantambo (Bophutatswana Defence Force) the second deputy president. The remaining executive members are HT Paka (MK) as secretary general, GM Biya (Azanla) deputy secretary general and MR Fihla (Apla) treasurer general.

According to the revamped Department of Military Veterans website, which this week came on-line again after a hiatus of more than two months, 20 people have been nominated to serve on the national executive of SANMVA. They are NM Ntabeni (Apla), S Wauchope (Azanla), TS Sealome (CMVO), MS Tshabalala (BDF), TT Murabi (Venda Defence Force), M Munyai (VDF), DV Tsie (MK), TF Mathode (VDF), E Motloung (MK), ZR Momo (MK), VN Malinga (CMVO), M Nsimbini (MK), OH Sehularo (MK), IK Moroe (MK), GH Ndlovu (MK), T Magingxa (MK), TS Msimang (MK) and JS Seroke (Apla).

The Military Veterans Act of 2011 defines a military veteran as “a South African citizen who rendered military service to any of the military organisations, which were involved on all the sides of South Africa’s liberation war from 1960 to 1994, those who served in the Union Defence Force before 1961 and those who became members of the South African National Defence Force after 1994, and has completed his/her military training and no longer performs military duties, and has not been dishonourably discharged from that military organisation”.

Picture: Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister Thabang Makwetla is responsible for veterans well-being.