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WORLD WAR II (WW II) VETERANS ALLOWANCE

WORLD WAR II (WW II) VETERANS ALLOWANCE

1.   SERVICE DESCRIPTION

This provision of allowance which currently stands at P359.00 per month is given to people who participated in the first or second world war. This is subject to constant review.

2.   WHO QUALIFIES?

One must:

  •  Be a citizen of Botswana
  •  Have participated in WWI or World War II
  • Have a valid Omang
  • Or be a spouse(s) of a deceased veteran who participated in the war or
  • Be a deceased veteran’s child under 21 years of age whose mother is also deceased
  • Have not married another man who never participated in the World Wars following the death of the veteran husband.
  • Have a valid Omang if aged above 16 years of age.

3.   HOW DO I REGISTER?

  • Applicants are required to register with the Pension Officers in all the Districts.
  • Following registration beneficiaries who prefer to be paid their allowance in cash are issued with order books after four weeks.
  • Beneficiaries will then be expected to present their order books during payment.

4.   HOW DO I GET MY ALLOWANCE?

 Beneficiaries have a choice to access their allowance as:

  • Cash at Post Offices and at designated pay points where there are no post offices. 
  • Bank credits for beneficiaries who have bank accounts  

5.   WHO CAN APPOINT A PROXY?

  • A beneficiary who is unable to collect their World War allowance due to ill health, old age or physical disability.
  • A beneficiary may appoint any person of his/her choice, preferably a relative to receive the allowance on their behalf.
  • A beneficiary may revoke a proxy and appoint another if still necessary.
  • Proxy must produce his/her Omang to get the allowance.

6.   LIFE DECLARATION

A beneficiary who receives the allowance through bank credit or through a proxy is required to make a life declaration once in every three months, failing which the name is automatically suspended until they show up, in which case they would be entitled to arrears.

7.   HOW DO I ACCESS MISSED PAYMENTS? 

  • A beneficiary who is unable to collect his/her allowance during payments is entitled to arrears have to apply for through the pension officer.
  • Arrears can only be claimed within a continuous period of twenty three months from date of application.
  • Arrears beyond twenty three months is forfeited 

However, World War Veterans still qualify to receive the allowance when serving a prison term. This is because the Old Age Pension is directed to the pensioner and not extended to the family/relatives as is the case with World War Veterans allowance.

8.   Where can I get more information?

More information can be obtained from all Local Authorities or toll free numbers:

  • MLG Headquarters                     -   0800 600 718
  • Gaborone City Council               -    0800 600 061
  • Francistown City Council            -   0800 600 242
  • South East District Council         -   0800 600 795
  • Southern District Council            -   0800 600 776
  • Kweneng District Council            -   0800 600 794
  • Kgatleng District Council             -   0800 600 880
  • Lobatse Town Council                -   0800 600 876
  • Jwaneng Town Council              -    0800 600 765
  • Selibe Phikwe Town Council      -    0800 600 746
  • Sowa Town Council                    -   0800 600 754
  • Kgalagadi District Council           -   0800 600 793
  • Ghanzi District Council                -   0800 600 770
  • North West District Council         -   0800 600 792
  • North East District Council          -   0800 600 759
  • Chobe District Council                -   0800 600 875
  • Central District Council               -   0800 600 796

Or the Department of Social Services Pensions Office @ 3971916.

 

 

 

 

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