Former military vets ‘windfall’

2017-07-21 06:00
Photo: siphelele nketoMavela Trust Fund board members (from left) General Kamtein, Colonel Nzwayiba, Captain Zincume, Colonel Mangesi, chairperson Mbuyiseli Sikiti, and Colonel Jabavu.

Photo: siphelele nketoMavela Trust Fund board members (from left) General Kamtein, Colonel Nzwayiba, Captain Zincume, Colonel Mangesi, chairperson Mbuyiseli Sikiti, and Colonel Jabavu.

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MEMBERS of the former Transkei Defence Force Military Veterans’ Association held a conference in Clydesdale Hall in Umzimkhulu last Saturday where a number of proposals were made.

The association existed from 1977 to 1995 when some of its members were incorporated into the South African National Defence Force (Sandf).

Members of various military veteran associations formed a trust fund - Mavela Trust Fund - to control money that had been deducted from their salary­ years ago.

The money has apparently accumulated to R3.1 million according to Mbuyiseli Sikiti, chairperson of Mavela Trust Fund.

He said the money will go to members of former Transkei Defence Force Military Veterans’ Association as most of them face many challenges.

He said the trust fund board members meet every quarter to discuss ways to grow the association as well as organise annual general meetings.

Members came from Umzimkhulu, Alfred Nzo, Joe Gqabi, Amathole, Cape Town and the Free State.

Some members wanted the R3.1 million to be invested in farming or a B&B, others wanted the money to pay education fees for children of the veterans.

“Some members are doing business and some are into farming for a living. We want our children to be educated­,” said Sikiti.

 

MEMBERS of the former Transkei Defence Force Military Veterans’ Association held a conference in Clydesdale Hall in Umzimkhulu last Saturday where a number of proposals were made.

The association existed from 1977 to 1995 when some of its members were incorporated into the South African National Defence Force (Sandf).
Members of various military veteran associations formed a trust fund - Mavela Trust Fund - to control money that had been deducted from their salary years ago.
The money has apparently accumulated to R3.1 million according to Mbuyiseli Sikiti, chairperson of Mavela Trust Fund.

He said the money will go to members of former Transkei Defence Force Military Veterans’ Association as most of them face many challenges.
He said the trust fund board members meet every quarter to discuss ways to grow the association as well as organise annual general meetings.

Members came from Umzimkhulu, Alfred Nzo, Joe Gqabi, Amathole, Cape Town and the Free State.

Some members wanted the R3.1 million to be invested in farming or a B&B, others wanted the money to pay education fees for children of the veterans.

“Some members are doing businesses and some are into farming for earn a living. We want our children to be educated,” said Sikiti.

 

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