SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL MILITARY VETERANS' ASSOCIATION
The Military Veterans' Affairs Act, 1999 (Act No 17 of 1999) was signed into force by the State President on 23 April 1999.
In terms of the provisions of the Act, an Office for Military Veterans' Affairs has been established in the Department of Defence, and the Office is managed by the Director of Military Veterans' Affairs. The present Director of Military Veterans' Affairs is Brig Gen W Nkonyeni.
In accordance with the powers and duties vested in the Office for Military Veterans' Affairs, the Office has undertaken, inter alia, to promote the affairs of military veterans and military veterans' organizations on an integrated basis.
The need to integrate the desires and aspirations of individual veterans and the activities of recognized military veterans organizations lead to the establishment of the in September 2008.
SANMVA comprises of the following founder member organizations:
The Azanian People's Liberation Army Military Veterans' Association,
The Azanian National Liberation Army Military Veterans' Association,
The Council of Military Veterans' Organizations,
The uMkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans' Association,
The Bophuthatswana Defence Force Military Veterans' Association,
The Ciskei Defence Force Military Veterans' Association,
The Transkei Defence Force Military Veterans' Association, and
The Venda Defence Force Military Veterans' Association.
Although membership of SANMVA is confined to associations which are described in the Act as being "recognized military veterans' associations", provision has also been made to include individual members of APLA, AZANLA and MK whose details do not appear on the, so-called, Certified Personnel Registers of these organizations.
The South African Armour Association is represented at SANMVA by means of its membership in CMVO.
The Objectives of the SANMVA are:
To promote unity and cooperation among military veterans' organizations in South Africa and
to facilitate membership of the SANMVA by all military veterans' groupings which are lawfully
representative of the interests of individual military veterans.
To promote and protect the common interests of military veterans' organizations
To promote and protect the socio-economic interests and welfare of individual military
veterans and their dependants in South Africa.
To foster and maintain the memory of all the men and women who sacrificed their lives
to the honour, and in the service, of South Africa.
To promote and maintain military veterans' values and traditions
To promote representivity within the SANMVA.
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