Address By Brig Seyisi on the 11th of July2017
ADDRESSING THE AUDIENCE AT 10st ANNIVERSARY OF THE ECPPA ON THE 11 of JULY 2017 AT THE BHISHO POLICE ACADEMY
The Programme Director, the Honourable Premier of the Eastern Cape Mr P. Mosuale, MEC W. Jikana, Honourable Mayors, Provincial Commissioners, General L. Ntshinga, General Mkwanazi, Police in their Portfolios and ranks. In the interest of time all protocol observed.
Great is my pleasure and honour to address a gathering of this magnitude. My point of departure will be, the background of this association, while I was serving the South African Police Services, it was my observation that, there was no structure for serving members, as well as those who have retired from the service. It looked as if, those who have retired were tired, which was never the case. Lack of communication was seen to be the cause for that situation.
Of great concern was that, when a member retires or passes on, communication thereof is lacking. When there is a passing out parade or members retiring this becomes a close session; to those who need be in attendance to grace and dignify it. This should be hurting) because at work, we are supposed to be a united family, working together or having worked together for so many years should be a unifying factor.
In September 2006, I retired from active service, fortunately I was not tired. It dawned in my mind that, an association for police pensioners should be established. U.S.A President J.F Kennedy once said, I quote "Don’t ask what America is going to do for you, ask what you are going to do for America "close quote.
During February 2007 some retired police officials gathered with the purpose of exploring and exploiting the ideas, to mention a few, the late General G. Pakade, Brigadier M. Giba, Brigadier C. Ngetu, the late Colonel V.W Ngesi, Warrant Officer N. Sitishi and others were in attendanc, central to our debates and discussions was the establishment of a pensioner’s association. The idea was applauded and unanimously agreed upon, and endorsed.
BIRTH OF THE CHILD (Association)
On the 11th of July 2007 a child was born and given the name of Border Police Pensioners Association (BPPA). It was worth mentioning that, the association is apolitical in nature
OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSOCIATION ARE AS FOLLOWSJTHOUGH NOT LIMITED:
To unite police pensioners-
To interact with SAPS active members,
To give moral support to members during moments of need whether bereavement or pleasure-
To assist widows of late members as well as to identify orphans left behind by the late member.
To explore and exploit ways and means of improving the welfare of its members
To work and co-operate with other organisation in the community.
EXPANSTION AND BACKGROUND OF THE ASSOCIATION:
It is worth mentioning that, the association has no boundaries. Its elastic nature pull it as further as it goes. In 2008 a campaign of further selling the ideas of the association was embarked upon towns like, Queenstown, Cala, Mthatha, Bizana, Dutywa and Port Elizabeth to mention a few, were visited in order to rope them in. Having advance the association this far, it was not only necessary to rename it, but compulsory in order to reflect on its demographics of the whole Province of the Eastern Cape. The new name which was reflective of the association was thus Eastern Cape Police Pensioners Association (ECPPA). In August 2008 the constitution was also amended in order to accommodate the spouses of the main members.
REGISTRATION OF THE ASSOCIATION:
The ECPPA was registered under Section 21 of the company act, a non-profit organisation in 2009. It depends on the contributions of its members for funding. The association observed some challenges in some services of its members, de-registration by Polmed. Late payments of gratuities by SAPS, delay payments by GEPF and more so those pensioned before 2002. Its branches are in King Williams Town, Queenstown, Cala and Mthatha.
Through interactions and negotiations with relevant bodies, these challenges were resolved. It is worth mentioning that the SAPS is assisting with venues for the meetings. Elderly Care Fund is assisting with information sessions which are held twice a year in Pretoria.
CONCLUSION AND SUPPORT SOUGHT:
Ladies and gentlemen, it will be a serious under statement for me, not to applaud the presence of cabinet Ministers in our mist. As an association, we entertain a hope that our efforts are appreciated. Assistance and help in whatever form may one day emerge or come out from government. In our efforts we shall continue working hand in glove with the Public Service.
Service to society is the name of the Game!!!
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