SANMVA is the “management body” for military veterans – Mabuza
The National SA Military Veterans Association (SANMVA) is the body that manages the affairs of former soldiers, Vice President David Mabuza said in response to one of six questions posed by parliamentarians in the National Assembly .
Responding to concerns of military veterans ranging from education, housing, wealth, retirement and other benefits as well as institutional support, the government’s number two said, among other things, that “the provisioning of the military pension, as provided by current legislation, is at an advanced stage”. .
Regarding the Military Veterans Amendment Bill, Mabuza told his interlocutor that Minister of Defense and Veterans Affairs Thandi Modise “has taken an approach stressing the importance of a detailed definition of a former military combatant and qualification criteria for beneficiaries”. The military veterans component of his department is currently ensuring that all contributions are incorporated into the amendment bill.
Within the Presidential Veterans Task Force, headed by him, Mabuza said “extensive consultations have taken place with different veterans’ associations”. These highlighted the need for different spheres of government to work together to “fast track” the distribution of benefits to former soldiers.
“To advance this holistic and integrated approach, work streams from a cross section of government departments and provinces are tasked with addressing issues raised by military veterans,” Mabuza’s response reads, adding that “significant progress” has been made on “specific issues”. challenges”.
One is pension policy for veterans with targeted prior “deficiencies”. Discussions between the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) and the National Treasury regarding the “funding” of military pensions under current legislation are “advanced”.
Indications are that the Military Veterans Amendment Bill, with inputs such as a socio-economic impact assessment and certification by the State’s Chief Legal Counsel, will be presented to Cabinet in third quarter of this year with a public comment period to follow.