Venue: GCIS Briefing Room, cnr Francis Baard and Festival Street, Hatfield, PTA
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media
Representatives of the military veterans
Stakeholders here present
DMV and GCIS colleagues
Good morning and welcome to this media briefing. The objective of the briefing is to inform you about an important programme and campaign that we as the Department of Military Veterans will be embarking upon aimed at improving the health conditions of Military Veterans.
From Tuesday 15th October 2013 to 4th December 2013 the DMV will be embarking on a major campaign nationwide to issue medical health cards and to conduct health screening for MV’s.
The honourable Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will officially launch the campaign at the Air force Base, Durban International at 09h00 on the 15th October 2013. This campaign will be in the form of provincial road shows wherein all provinces will be visited and the campaign theme is “Your health is our concern”.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we as the DMV undertake this campaign as part of our Socio Economic Support Programme whose objective is to
provide health care and well-being support to military veterans.
This is first and foremost in line with government’s overall objectives of providing quality health services as well as building healthy communities. This is of course in line with the stipulations of Section 5 (1) of the Military Veterans Act 18, of 2011, which amongst others inter alia states “The benefits relating to military veterans are the following; access to health care”
Accordingly a total of 4800 MV’s are to be issued with these cards during the campaign. A sum of R2 million has been set aside to ensure delivery of this critical service during this financial year 2013/14.
The DMV embarks on this campaign after observing that most military veterans call for healthcare when they are already too sick and without proper authorisation to access the South African Medical Health Services facilities. This is a matter of grave concern which through this campaign and other interventions we seek to redress decisively.
Now perhaps more than ever before the country needs the vital skills, experience and expertise that military veterans’ possess, in order to advance this critical goal of consolidating reconciliation, social cohesion and nation building. In that regard their health is very critical in enabling them to contribute effectively and efficiently.
This campaign is therefore also aimed at ensuring prevention of ill health; early detection; and treatment of illness as well as ensuring that healthcare is given to qualifying MV’s. Those who qualify are military veterans who are registered on the DMV database and earning an income of less than R300 000 per annum.
Letters have been written and sms’s sent to Military Veterans’ who qualify and will therefore be receiving these services during the campaign. The list of targeted MV’s has been sent to KZN provincial military veterans Association structures, as well as other provinces. We therefore are going to work with them closely to ensure the smooth running of the programme.
Those who will be receiving these services should bring along the following documents: an ID, proof of income if employed, (or affidavit if unemployed), and the letter that they have received from the DMV.
The campaign begins from the 15th to 17th in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) where over 800 cards will be issued to the identified MV’s. As indicated earlier, on the 15th Minister Mapisa-Nqakula together with representatives of the KZN provincial government and the eThekwini Municipality will kick-start this campaign at 09h00 at the Air Force Base, Durban International.
The next round of this campaign in KZN will be on the 17th October 2013 at Bluff Sickbay in Durban. The campaign will then follow the schedule as attached in this statement. All these programmes as attached per province will kick- start at 09h00 in the mornings. We therefore call on the MV’s Associations to assist in ensuring that the schedules are observed.
Ladies and Gentlemen, alongside the issuing of the medical health cards to Military Veterans will be the conducting of the health and wellness screening wherein the MV’ will be given voluntary check-ups on various illnesses as well as counselling.
These medical health care cards will ensure that MV’s are provided with free medical services in the different military health establishments across the country.
The DMV undertakes this programme working in partnership with the South African Medical Health Servic