The Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Mr Kebby Maphatsoe, supported by the Minister of COGTA will as part of the government Imbizo Focus Week, interact with Military Veterans from statutory and non-statutory forces on matters pertaining to the delivery of benefits as stipulated in the Military Veterans Act 18 of 2011, in Port Elizabeth on the 14 and 15 April 2016.
The Imbizo is taking place under the theme “Faster Delivery to Military Veterans” which seeks to ensure access to benefits by military veterans, building of partnerships and working together between the government, business, labour, civil society and Military Veterans as represented by their associations.
The interaction will include discussions on progress and challenges faced in delivering housing, health, education , pensions to military veterans’, as well as other benefits stipulated in the Act. The Imbizo Focus Week is part of the government programme undertaken twice a year where government interacts with citizens on service delivery matters.
The Deputy Minister’s programme will on the 14th April 2016, include among others a sod turning and breaking down of the dilapidated house of Mr Hina, a destitute military veteran of the legendary Luthuli Detachment based in New Brighton, who like many other military veterans still live under distressing conditions.
The Deputy Minister’s Imbizo with military veterans will be attended and addressed by the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Mr Phumulo Masualle and an address on local government elections shall be delivered by the Minister of Cooperative Government and Traditional Affairs Mr Des Van Rooyen. A keynote address shall be delivered by the Deputy Minister Maphatsoe.
1000 military veterans’ from both statutory and non-statutory forces are expected to attend the roadshow.
The Deputy Minister’s was in New Brighton yesterday and will be in the Soweto Multi-Purpose Community Centre, Port Elizabeth today.
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