Veterans registration ‘chaotic’
11 July 2012 | AVASHNEE MOODLEY
JOHANNESBURG - In May the department called on all those listed on the military veterans database to re-register.
This includes all those who served in the statutory and liberation forces as well as their dependents.
Those who had not registered during the previous integration process in 1994 were also asked to register.
With the deadline tomorrow many veterans have been calling for an extension in the registration process after not being able to gather information about the process earlier.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) yesterday said they had been inundated with calls for clarification on the process initiated by the Department of Military Veterans.
The DA’s Shahid Esau said the process was becoming more chaotic by the day, with the department remaining largely unavailable to clarify details.
“Contact numbers in each province provided by the department are not operational.
The DA attempted to contact each of the listed contact personnel three times yesterday and only one province answered,” he said.
Esau called on the department to extend the process.
“Future rounds of registration should be accompanied by a public awareness campaign providing full details on the process,” he said.
Adding that if provincial offices do not have capacity to handle queries on the process a central call centre should be considered.
Those intending to register require the identity documents of the military veteran, spouse and children as well as:
Certificate or most recent school reports of individual children;
The title deed of the family’s house/home;
A death certificate where the military veteran is deceased;
An employer’s letter confirming employment or proof of income;
A company registration certificate if the military veteran owns or holds shares in a business company;
The following military bases will serve as registration points:
Gauteng: Kensington Garrison in Kensington, Johannesburg (Thaba Tshwane);
Limpopo: Polokwane Regiment, Christiaan Beyers and Thohoyandou (15 SAI);
North West: Regiment De la Rey in Potchefstroom and Mafikeng (10 SAI BN);
Free State: Regiment Bloemspruit in Bloemfontein and Regiment De Wet in Kroonstad;
Eastern Cape: 14 SAI Battalion in Mthatha and Prince Alfred Guard in Port Elizabeth;
Mpumalanga: J Ops Facility in Nelspruit and Middelburg;
Northern Cape: Kimberly Regiment and 8 SAI Battalion in Upington;
Western Cape: Infantry School in Oudtshoorn; Fort Kapa in Goodwood; and 9 SAI Battalion in Elsiesrivier;
KwaZulu-Natal: Lords’ Ground in Durban, Natal Carbineers in Pietermaritzburg, 5 SAI Battalion in Ladysmith and 121 SAI Battalion in Mtubatuba.
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