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Title: A%20PRESENTATION%20TO%20THE%20PORTFOLIO%20COMMITTEE%20ON%20DEFENCE%20AND%20MILITARY%20VETERANS%20BY%20THE%20MINISTERIAL%20TASK%20TEAM%20ON%20MILITARY%20VETERANS


1
A PRESENTATION TO THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON
DEFENCE AND MILITARY VETERANSBYTHE
MINISTERIAL TASK TEAM ON MILITARY VETERANS
  • By
  • Hon. Dep. Min. T. Makwetla
  • 4 November 2009

2
SCOPE
  • BACKGROUND
  • PROBLEM STATEMENT
  • STATUS QUO
  • PROCESS METHODOLOGY
  • CONCRETE FACTORS IMPACTING ON POLICY
  • POLICY CONTENT ISSUES
  • CONCLUSION

3
BACKGROUND
  • Announcement by President Jacob Zuma of the
    creation of the Department of Defence and
    Military Veterans.
  • Decision by Hon. Min. Sisulu to set up a Task
    Team.
  • Terms of Reference Produce policy
    recommendations for support and administration of
    Military Veterans affairs by end of October 2009.

4
BACKGROUND
  • The Task Teams Composition
  • Hon. Dep. Min. T. Makwetla (Chairperson)
  • Act. Sec. Def. Mr T.E. Motumi
  • Maj Gen K. Mokoape
  • Brig Gen (Ret) M.R. Fihla
  • Mr K.E. Maphatsoe
  • Mr T. Yengeni
  • Dr T. Ndlovu
  • Mr L. Maisela
  • Mr T.S. Makgabo
  • Lt Col (Ret) G. Giles
  • Mr L.J. Buys
  • Lt Gen D.M. Mgwebi
  • Maj Gen E.M. Mashoala
  • Mr S.E. Dlamini
  • Ms S.R. Rabkin
  • Mr D. Subramoney
  • Plus a Secretariat (Research and Administration)

5
PROBLEM STATEMENT
  • Demobilisation imperative that followed the
    integration process the need to reduce force
    levels.
  • Insufficient support rendered to the demobilised
    cadres.
  • Reintegration into civilian life the need for
    re-skilling of former military personnel.
  • Welfare and Nation Building.

6
Status Quo
  • Legislation.
  • Military Veterans Affairs Act, Act 17 of 1999
  • The Special Pensions Act, Act 69 of 1996
  • The Social Assistance Act, Act 13 of 2004
  • The National Heritage Resources Act, Act 25 of
    1999
  • The Housing Act, Act 107 of 1997
  • The Transitional Executive Council Act, Act 151
    of 1993
  • The National Health Act, Act 61 of 2003 and
  • The Military Pensions Act, Act 84 of 1976.
  • Inconclusive CPR List.
  • Limited and Fragmented Support

7
Status Quo
  • Special Pensions
  • Programmes and Projects
  • Service Corps.
  • Provincial Housing and other projects.
  • Medals for Liberation Heroes (Limited Project).
  • Inadequate Structures
  • Govt. Directorate of Military Veterans (DOD).
  • Military Veterans Associations.

8
PROCESS METHODOLOGY
  • Desktop Studies of various countries
  • US
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Rwanda
  • Angola
  • Uganda
  • PRC
  • Line Function Departments Inputs
  • National Treasury
  • Dept. of Human Settlements
  • Social Development
  • Visits to determine Best Practice US
    Algeria.
  • Weekly Meetings.

9
CONCRETE FACTORS IMPACTING ON POLICY
  • Freedom Fighters vs Conventional Military
    Veterans.
  • Short Term vs Long Term Policy.
  • Human Resources Policy alignment in service and
    after service.
  • Governments Anti-poverty Strategy parameters.
  • Means-test principle.

10
POLICY CONTENT ISSUES
  • Objectives of Policy
  • To honour and serve veterans in life and
    memorialise them in death for their sacrifices on
    behalf of the Nation.
  • To ensure a smooth and seamless transition for
    veterans from active military service to civilian
    life.
  • To restore the capability of veterans with
    disabilities to the greatest extent possible and
    improve the quality of their lives and that of
    their families.
  • To provide a comprehensive delivery system of
    services and benefits for military veterans.
  • To contribute toward reconciliation and nation
    building.
  • To enhance the national work force.

11
POLICY CONTENT ISSUES
  • Definition of Beneficiaries
  • Military veteran is a SA citizen who had served
    before 1994 in military formations on both sides
    of the conflict during the liberation struggle
    and all those who have since retired after
    serving in the former SADF and were honourably
    discharged.
  • Dependants A 'dependant' of a military veteran
    refers to a spouse, widower, widow, life partner
    or child of the military veteran or anyone who is
    legally dependent on the military veteran for
    support and maintenance and who complies with the
    requirements and conditions which may be
    prescribed.

12
POLICY CONTENT ISSUES
  • Eligibility
  • The Principle of a Means Test apply for each
    support service or benefit, separately.
  • Indigency How economically disempowered.
  • Benefits on a cascading scale of priority
    taking into account the degree of involvement of
    the person e.g. Length of jail term served,
    disability incurred in the execution of struggle
    duties.

13
POLICY CONTENT ISSUES
  • Benefits
  • Pensions
  • Housing
  • Health
  • Burials and Memorials
  • Education and Training
  • Facilitation of Job Placements
  • Transport
  • Compensation
  • Business Opportunities, etc.

14
POLICY CONTENT ISSUES
  • Macro Institutions of Military Veterans
  • Govt. Separate Departments and co-ordination of
    delivery or Delivery by itself.
  • Appeals Board.
  • Advisory Council.
  • Veterans Organisations.

15
CONCLUSION
  • The recommendations must be viewed as preliminary
    framework for the Department of Defence and
    Military Veterans.
  • Further refinement to be undertaken upon
    conclusion of further investigations and
    research.
  • A team to align the South African National
    Defence Force HR policy for members during
    service and after service.
  • THANK YOU
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