DMV is working toward a “self-sufficient military veteran community”

The Department of Military Veterans (DMV) maintains that it is making progress in its “quest to provide a dignified, unified, self-reliant, and self-reliant military veteran community.”

A DMV statement, released a day before its Executive Director Irene Mpolweni’s appearance at a scheduled meeting of the House Defense Portfolio and Veterans Affairs Committee (PCDMV), says DMV support enables veterans to contribute to nation building and reconciliation. This is being done through partnerships to “enhance and sustain the livelihoods of the military veteran community,” according to the statement released by DMV media liaison Lebogang Mothapa.

As part of its mandate, the DMV has provided educational support to military veterans and their dependents since fiscal year 2013/14. In the current fiscal year, 1,978 primary education learners are enrolled with DMV scholarships and 644 higher education scholarships have been approved for the same period.

The statement notes, “There have been difficulties with the administration of the scholarships due to schools’ non-compliance on tax matters and the submission of unpaid bills from schools and colleges.”

“The DMV has supported over 400 graduates since the scholarship’s inception. The list includes qualified doctors, engineers and lawyers, among various esteemed professions.

As for vocational training, the statement presents it as “an ongoing key component” of its overall military veteran support program.

Earlier this year, 149 veterans were trained as peace officers in partnership with PRASA (Passenger Rail Agency of SA) at Koeberg Training Center in Western Cape.

Another skills development project is digital literacy, with training carried out in collaboration with SITA (National Information Technology Agency). This happens over a three-year period, boosting employability and entrepreneurship among veterans. From the statement, it appears that the first “admission” – so to speak – took place earlier this month (February) when “more than 80 Gauteng-based military veterans and their dependents” began a digital literacy training at Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in Vanderbijlpark.

The statement ends with an update on the DMV database indicating that the finalization of the integrated database management system (IDMS) will be launched “soon”.

“IDMS will ensure a credible, secure and reliable electronic system for the service and benefit of military veterans.”

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