Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to announce a strong turnaround team of experts to help turn around the Department of Military Veterans to deliver benefits and services to Military Veterans effectively and efficiently
The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Ms Nosiviwe Nqakula Mapisa –Nqakula has established a Turnaround Team of experts comprising of mostly Military Veterans to help support the Turnaround the Department of Military Veterans into an effective and efficient service delivery institution.
The Turnaround Team will be dispatched to support the DMV for a period of six months. The Turnaround programme will focus, amongst others on addressing both the programmatic, structural and policy matters affecting the department’s ability to fulfil its mandate.
“During my Budget Vote on 19 May 2015 in Parliament, I announced my intention to deploy a team to help develop a turn-around strategy in the DMV and factor in the concerns of the Parliamentary Committee, the Auditor General and SCOPA. Following this announcement, I also convened an Indaba of all military veterans in July 2015, to give the veterans themselves an opportunity to assess the service impact of the department and make proposals on some of the solutions to address current challenges.” Said the Minister
A Turnaround Support initiative was then established with effect from 1st September 2015 together with the appointment of a Steering Committee, a Resource Persons Panel and a full time Program Management Office.
Some the critical areas that the Team will give priority attention to include:
- Policy considerations to inform a new and aligned vision and design of the DMV.
- Legislative mandate
- Financial accounting
- Put in place a operational rescue plan to stabilise current operations and ensure quick-wins in areas of delivery of current benefits such as education support, healthcare, housing, burial support and heritage and memorialisation as well as burial support.
The Steering Committee and Resource Panel are composed as follows:
The Steering Committee
The following persons have been appointed to form part of the Steering Committee:
- Mr. Sipho Majombozi (Convenor and Program Management Coordinator)
- Mr. Billy Masetlha
- Ms Sue Rabkin
- Dr. Thandi Ndlovu
- Lt. Gen. (ret) J Nkonyane.
- Mr. Siphiwe Sokhela
- Mr. Siphiwe Hamilton
The Resource Panel
Furthermore, the following persons have been appointed on a part time basis as a resource panel for the turnaround:
- Ms. Sebinah Hlapolosa
- Maj Gen (Ret.) Keith Mokoapa
- Mr. Uriel Abrahamse
- Mr. Donovan Madison
- Mr Thami Ntenteni
- Dr. Snuki Zikalala
- Ms. Nomsa Mkhwanazi
- Mr. Thabo Kubu
- Mr. Lucky Magingxa
- Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Mbulelo Fihla
Both the Deputy Minister and I will receive monthly progress reports. Once every two months the Steering Committee must table progress reports at the Council of Defence meeting for consideration and discussion.
Ms Joy Peter
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Email: joy.peter @dod.mil.za
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