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Posted:10/6/2013 10:01:09 PM

The objects for which the CMVO is established are as follows:

  • To protect and promote the common interests of organisations as defined in the Constitution, which are members of the Council.
  • To confer and co-operate with, and promote unity among, all military veterans' organisations.
  • To assist in the promotion of the welfare and interests of all military veterans and their dependants and to co-ordinate representations made from time to time on their behalf.
  • To assist in the promotion of the welfare and interests of all serving members of the South African Defence Forces and their dependants.
  • To admit national and regional organisations to either full or associate membership on such terms and conditions as may from time to time be determined by the Council.



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Posted:10/6/2013 10:56:02 PM
Nuus oor die Raad van Militêre Veterane Organisasies van Suid Afrika (RMVO). Johann Dippenaar van die 61 Meg Veteranevereniging is as Voorsitter van die RMVO verkies en doen soos volg verslag:
“Die RMVO bestaan nou uit 22 lidorganisasies. Die volgende drie gebeure die afgelope maand gaan verskilmakende gevolge hê:
* Die RMVO bestuur het verander en daar is ‘n strategiese plan goedgekeur wat die statutêre Militêre Veteraan se belange dien.
* Daar is ‘n RMVO kongres gehou wat deur 80 lede van die verskillende lidorganisasies bygewoon is. Die ontmoeting en gesprek oor die kleurgrens heen het ander insigte tot gevolg gehad. Heelwat uitdagings om groei by verenigings te bereik sal aangepak word.
* Die oorkoepelende SA Nasionale Militere Veterane Vereniging (SANMVA) het ‘n konferensie gehou waar ‘n nuwe vereniging gestig en uitvoerende bestuur verkies is. Genl-maj Gert Opperman is as Eerste Adjunk-president van die SANMVA se Uitvoerende Komitee verkies. Dit beteken dat ons RMVO se belange op die hoogste vlak gedien sal word wat positiewe resultate inhou. Gelukwense aan Gert met die wete dat die Veterane hom ondersteun en voorspoed in die pos toegewens.
Die militêre veterane watin die SADF en SANDF gedien het word genooi om op positiewe wyse by die verskillende veteraanverenigings betrokke te raak en om die aktiwiteite van die RMVO te bly ondersteun”.

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Posted:11/15/2013 5:59:29 PM
Dear Colleague

During the meeting on 14 November 2013 of the National Office Bearers of the SA National Military Veterans’ Association (SANMVA), the umbrella organisation for military veterans established in terms of the Military Veterans’ Act, feedback was received that the issuing of medical cards is progressing well, albeit still ongoing. According to the feedback, the relevant staff of the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) are going out of their way to accommodate as many qualifying veterans as possible. The feedback given to the NOB is supported from personal reports sent to me from the ground. I have also been able to help a number of individuals, due to the helpful attitude of said staff members, as well as the ever helpful staff of the SANDF Documentation Service (SANDF Doc S).

In response to a number of questions received re the position of dependents, it must regrettably be confirmed that the medical and wellness benefit is at this stage for the military veterans only and that their dependents do not qualify for it. We have been informed that the Military Veterans’ Act will first have to be amended to provide for the dependents as well, but it will not happen in the near future, if at all.

Another bit of good news is that we could soon gain a form of direct access to the DMV data base, to confirm whether an applicant’s details are on the data base or not. We will, for good reasons, not be able to register new names on the data base ourselves, but it should in any event help to expedite the process, as no person whose details are not on the data base, will be considered for any of the benefits. All addressees are again cordially reminded to in case of doubt contact their own military veterans’ association or DMV directly (Mrs Alettie van Eeden at avaneeden1974@gmail.com ) to verify their status as a military veteran, and if there are problems, to get it rectified. Mrs van Eeden does not deal with the approval and issuing of medical cards and other benefits, but she will be able to pass the supporting documentation on to relevant officials who deal with this.

For ease of reference, recipients are reminded that the following documentation is required if they want to register on the data base or apply for a specific benefit:

Copies of service records can be requested from Ms Louise Jooste at the SANDF Doc S (sandfdoc@mweb.co.za ), but please keep the following in mind:

a. The applicant’s personal file including medical records may have been microfilmed, in which case it may take a few days to recover whatever is available; please keep this in mind and allow them adequate time to respond.

b. Clinical records may not be released without the prior approval of the SA Medical Health Service. The SANDF Doc S will submit the request to the SAMHS, and this could again take some time to get a response.

c. If an applicant wants to gain access to the contents of the rest of his or her personal file, an application may in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act be submitted to the SANDF Doc S, giving adequate reasons for the application. This is however not necessary for routine information, like a copy of a service record.

Although I do not mind to try and help individuals, is has to be done on an over and above basis amidst an extremely full programme. It is therefore earnestly requested that individuals rather submit their cases as set out above, please.

Lastly, I would like to confirm that there is an initiative afoot (launched by the Ex-Combatants’ Foundation) to raise very big amounts of money for a variety of projects, including the possible repatriation of the remains of especially ex-MK members from abroad. This is a private (business orientated) initiative and has nothing to with any of the official projects and programmes of the DMV and SANMVA. Their efforts to raise such funds could in fact confuse potential donors and sponsors, and thus undermine fund raising for other, official projects and programmes.

The NOB have taken note with appreciation of the CMVO’s stated aim of more actively participating in SANMVA activities at provincial and regional level, in the interest of the military veterans who could qualify for benefits on ground level. Whereas it is not necessary to be a paid-up member of any military veterans’ association to qualify for such benefits, experience has shown that, as far as the issuing of medical cards is concerned, veterans who are members of such associations are better informed and have a distinct advantage over others who do not belong to a military veterans’ association. The NOB would thus like to encourage all veterans to join a veterans’ association of their choice.

Best regards

Gert Opperman
First Deputy President SANMVA

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Posted:2/13/2014 12:46:29 PM
12 February 2014

Dear Colleagues and Friends

Kindly click on the following link to gain access to the feedback on the meeting that took place between representatives of the Council of Military Veterans' Organizations (CMVO) and the Department of Military Veterans (DMV) on 12 February 2014:

FEEDBACK RE DISCUSSIONS WITH DMV ON 12 FEB 2014.docx.

Also included is the application forms to be used by both members already on the DMV data base, who would like to update their records, as well as members who would like to apply to be captured on the data base:
DMV MIL VET REG FORM - TEMPLATE.docx

Any enquiries in this regard could be addressed to the Secretary of the CMVO, Brig Gen (Rtd) Nico Pretorius, at cmilvetorg@gmail.com.

Best regards

Gert Opperman
Deputy Chairman CMVO

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Posted:2/20/2014 12:17:03 AM
Dear Colleagues and Friends

Attached hereto please find two advertisements (click here) that are very important to all military veteransâ in South Africa. It is of paramount importance that we nominate suitably qualified persons from the CMVO constituency who will be capable and willing to serve in either the Appeals Board or the Advisory Council, before the expiry dates for such nominations, i.e. 2 Mar and 2 May 2014 respectively.

The nominations for service on the Appeals Board are more urgently required at this stage, and therefore I would like to use this opportunity to invite all member organizations of the CMVO and other CMVO sympathetic organizations to please forward to the Secretary of the CMVO, Brig Gen (Rtd) Nico Pretorius, their nominations with the supporting documents as specified in the applicable ad.

The Management Committee (Manco) will on 1 March 2014 consider all nominations received by the Secretary of the CMVO by not later than 08h00 on Thursday, 28 February to decide on which nominations should be forwarded to the DG of the Department of Military Veterans with the support of the Manco, acting on behalf of the CMVO Council. In view of the extremely limited time available for this process, member organizationsâ understanding and acceptance of this ruling would be appreciated, even though it might appear to be slightly less democratic than what we would all prefer. It is however necessary that we do not waste time and that we make sure that we nominate persons who do have the required qualifications, background, attitude and service orientation to represent the members of our constituency in the Appeals Board, whilst at the same time maintaining the required state of objectivity that could be hoped for.

Member organizations are cordially invited to nominate as many suitable candidates as could be identified to enable the Manco to make a meaningful selection. The final choice will nevertheless rest with the authorities, as we can do nothing more than nominate. Let us rather have too many suitable candidates than ending up with too few who do not stand a chance of passing the rest of the selection process at departmental and ministerial levels.

It stands to reason that legal background and sound knowledge of the legalities involved and the whole process of integration and the compilation of the Certified Personnel Register (CPR), and related matters, would be important recommendations.

The Council of the CMVO will be able to discuss the nomination of suitable candidates for service on the Advisory Board at the meeting of the CMVO Council/AGM on 5 March 2014. Copies of the notice of the meetings (click here) and the agenda of the AGM (click here) are attached for ease of reference.

Any enquiries in this regard could be addressed to the Secretary of the CMVO, Brig Gen (Rtd) Nico Pretorius, at cmilvetorg@gmail.com.

Thanking you in anticipation.

Best regards

Gert Opperman
Deputy Chairman CMVO

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Posted:2/20/2014 12:18:29 AM
Bruikbare inligting en nommers.
From: Alettie van Eeden
Sent: 17 February 2014 12:43 PM
Good Day,
As far as I am aware, members who are registered on the military veterans’ database and who earn less than R300 000 per annum can apply for the Healthcare benefit.
To check if members are registered they can contact:
Robert Makena: 0127659381; SMS 0768698705 or email robertmakinta@gmail.com Edith Mabitsela: 0127652072; SMS 0823839965 or email takalo.mabitsela@webmail.co.za
If they are not registered they can request to be registered by writing a letter to Chief Directorate Beneficiary Support Services (Attention: Lorraine Selokela). This letter must include their force number, a short military biography (i.e. member to indicate whether he/she was permanent/national serviceman etc and period which he/she served) and contact details (nb.). Member must then attach a copy of his/her ID Document and Proof of Military Service and fax it to 0865189715 for Lorraine’s attention.
If the applicant’s status can be confirmed and he is registered as a bona fide military veteran he can then contact the Chief Directorate Healthcare & Wellness Services who will provide him/her with the necessary documentation. Members can contact:
Mr Paul Mokoke: 0127659364 or email paul.mokoke@webmail.co.za
Ms Lindiwe Maluleke: 0127659344; SMS 0764029070 or mkalima2@gmail.com
The same principle applies to the other benefits but the means test may differ.
Kindly refer to the DMV’s website for contact details of all relevant contact persons. The website is www.dmv.gov.za.
Alettie van Eeden
Deputy Director: Chief Directorate Beneficiary Support Services
Socio-Economic Support Services Branch
Department of Military Veterans
Fax: 0865189718
Web: www.dmv.gov.za
https://www.facebook.com/VeteransZA
https://www.twitter.com/VeteransZA

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Posted:4/6/2014 10:46:01 PM
PLEASE CONTACT COLIN DOYLE Telephone: +27 21 782 8626,
Mobile: +27 83 235 6817, Fax: +27 866-366-128 OR cpdoyle48@gmail.com IF YOU LIVE IN THE SOUTH CAPE, ARE A MILITARY VETERAN AND IS AVAILABLE TO REPRESENT THE CMVO(COUNCIL OF MILITARY VETERANS) ON AND FROM 27 APRIL 2014 IN THE UMBRELLA VETERANS ORGANISATION KNOWN AS SANMWA WHERE ALL MILITARY VETERANS ARE REPRESENTED TO LIAISE WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS
1. We will need to find members from our veterans associations from the following towns that formally constitute the Southern Cape Region : Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George, Mossel Bay, Albertinia, Heidelberg, Riversdale, Ladismith, Calitzdorp, Oudtshoorn, De Rust & Uniondale. I really hope we have a footprint there. However, my guess is that we will be pretty strong in the Overberg Region, which includes Pringle Bay, Hermanus & Swellendam!! This will not help the South Cape Region.
2. Two things:
2.1 Can we get immediate feedback from the MOTHS, SA Legion and other veterans associations if they have members/committees in the Eden/Southern Cape Region? Target Date: Friday 11th April.
2.2 Anybody able to join me in George for Saturday 27th April to give our members some moral support
3. CMVO Western Cape: As CMVO Western Cape, we need to find out what sort of foot-print our member associations have in the various regions. Refer to map below). The ultimate objective would then be to establish CMVO “Regional” Committees with a few office bearers, eg., chairman & secretary. MKMVA particularly already have well established structures at regional level throughout the country and can at a moment’s notice mobilize large numbers of people for a gathering, even in remote areas We lag far behind in this regard
4. Why? We need to develop the CMVO Regional committees so that they in turn can slot into the SANMVA Regional structures. This is to bring us closer to veterans who are in need (including from the CMVO) AND where we can tap in the support programmes offered by the local/ municipal authorities, via SANMVA
5. Regional Geography: SANMVA follows the regional structures as set out by each governmental provincial authority.
6. As the CMVO it would be prudent for us to follow the same pattern. The six regions in the Western Cape are:
• City of Cape Town
• West Coast
• Cape Winelands
• Overberg
• Central Karoo
• Eden
7. Task: Check you veterans association structures and tell me where you have members in the Western Cape Province – BY TOWN please. I can give you the main towns in each region if you are unsure of the geography. At this stage, the main focus is on the Southern Cape (Eden) Region with the target date of 27th April looming!

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Posted:5/26/2014 2:45:43 PM
Wall of Remembrance annual wreath laying ceremony at the Voortrekkermonument on 25 May 2014




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Posted:5/26/2014 2:46:12 PM
Wall of Remembrance annual wreath laying ceremony at the Voortrekkermonument on 25 May 2014




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Posted:5/26/2014 2:46:35 PM
Wall of Remembrance annual wreath laying ceremony at the Voortrekkermonument on 25 May 2014




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Posted:6/5/2014 5:24:31 PM
BRIEFING BY CMVO/RMVO CHAIRPERSON ON LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN VETERANS MATTERS IN CAPE TOWN ON FRIDAY, 6 JUNE 2014
1. Maj Gen (Rtd) Johan Dippenaar (National Chairman CMVO) is currently doing a “road show” and visiting the various regions. He will be in Cape Town this coming Friday
2. We have, at short notice arranged for the Chairman to address the CMVO Western Cape “constituency”
3. Eddie Sykes is simultaneously arranging meeting/s for the SACC groupings in the Western Cape to meet the Chairman
4. Brian Porter has made the following arrangements for us to meet:
Date: Friday 6th June
Venue: SA Legion, Rosedale
Lower Nursery Road Rosebank, Cape Town Phone:021 689 9771
Time: 11h00 to 12h30
Lunch: 12h30, for those who wish to stay (R40pp)
Purpose: Briefing by CMVO Chairman on latest developments on Veteran’s Matters
RSVP: Kevin Ashton kashton@mweb.co.za 072 947 9230
5. Please feel free to invite any of your fellow association members to join us

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Posted:6/23/2014 6:19:53 PM
Posted by Mike Beyl (‎SMOKESHELL. 10 JUNE 1980.)
Doing our Parade on the Volga river in Russia on the 10th of June 2014 to honour those men whom did not see the sun rise again, specially for the men of Smokeshell that lost there lives today, 34 years ago to the day. It was a huge privilege and Honour for me to have been able to represent Smokeshell with the respected Veterans in this clip. We will not forget.




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Posted:8/25/2014 9:08:12 AM
Some feedback on the 61 Mech Veterans Association annual memorial service and parade at the Ditsong National Museum of Military History. In picture is the 61 Mech memorial needle with the names of our fallen brothers - those names represent also the families and friends of those soldiers




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Posted:8/25/2014 9:10:34 AM
Some feedback on the 61 Mech Veterans Association annual memorial service and parade at the Ditsong National Museum of Military History. In picture is the 61 Mech memorial needle with the names of our fallen brothers - those names represent also the families and friends of those soldiers




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Posted:6/1/2015 1:44:40 AM
Wall of Remembrance 31 May 2015:


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Posted:11/14/2017 5:45:01 PM
HOW TO APPLY FOR BENEFITS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY VETERANS

These benefits are available to all military veterans from both the statutory and non-statutory forces if they qualify in terms of the different means tests for each benefit, because the Military Veterans Act, 2011 (No 18 of 2011) stipulates clearly in the definition of “military veteran” that the military veterans from the statutory forces are included

There are very specific steps which must be followed before you can approach the Department of Military Veterans to make application for the benefits that are available to the military veterans who qualify for it, and if you do not follow these steps you will not be successful with your application

If a military veteran has been convicted of rape, murder, robbery, theft or high treason committed after 27 April 1994 and was sentenced to imprisonment for a period exceeding 5 years without the option of a fine he or she is disqualified from receiving any benefits provided for in the Military Veterans Act, 2011 (No. 18 of 2011) and its regulations

Read more on their website at http://www.cmvo.org.za/cp/19394/how-to-apply-for-benefits

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Posted:12/24/2017 4:36:33 AM
KERSBOODSKAP VAN DIE VOORSITTER / CHRISTMAS MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN




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