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image by Martin Grieve, 07 Jan 2011

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South Africa - Department of Military Veterans (2010 - )

The South African Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Lindiwe Sisulu and her deputy, formally inaugurated the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) in May 2010. Former Acting Secretary for Defence, Tsepe Motumi, was appointed Director-General of the Department in February 2010.

The DMV was proclaimed in the Government Gazette (number 32844) of 28 December 2009. The Department will be responsible for the overall management and administration of military veterans’ affairs including, but not limited to, developing legislation, policy, programmes, benefits and services that facilitate the transition from active service to civilian life. The National Treasury has allocated R20 million to the DMV for the 2010/11 financial year as part of the defence budget.

More than 500 guests attended the official launch of the department and the unveiling of the logo of the newly established department at the Denel Group campus in Irene, south of Pretoria.  “The initiative of establishing the DMV forms part of efforts to recognise and profile selfless contributions made by many fellow patriots in an effort to bring about the realisation of a peaceful, democratic and prosperous South Africa,” said a media release.  The theme of the new department is “Military Veterans: From conflict to development and nation-building”, said a spokesman for the Department.

image by Martin Grieve, 07 Jan 2011

The flag of the new DMV follows the standard pattern of South African National Defence Force (SANDF) flags adopted in April 2003  with  the emblem of the Department in the fly of a green SANDF ensign.  The emblem comprises an African shield in yellow in the centre of a nine-pointed star used by all the arms of the SANDF.  In the centre of the shield is a white dove in flight.
Bruce Berry, 07 Jan 2011