The Department of Military Veterans has met its target of providing nearly 18 000 beneficiaries with healthcare services by the middle of the current financial year, but has only built 65 out of 400 houses targeted for the year.
This is according to the Adjusted Estimates of National Expenditure 2019, published at the end of October by National Treasury. It reported that in the first half of the 2019/20 financial year (April to September), 17 691 beneficiaries were provided with health care services against a target of 18 000 for the year. “This overachievement was due to the service being demand-driven.”
Progress on the housing front was not as good, however. By mid-year, 65 newly built houses were provided to military veterans against a target of 400 for the year. “This underperformance was mainly due to the department’s dependence on other departments for the delivery of houses. The department will expedite the implementation of service-level agreements with the provincial departments of human settlements in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West,” the budget document stated.
Although the department did not erect any memorial site for military veterans in the first half of 2019/20, it plans to achieve its target of three sites by the end of the financial year.
The Department of Military Veterans also provides bursaries to military veterans and their dependents and out of the 7 466 bursaries due to be provided this financial year, between April and September, 4 547 had been provided.
Less than a third of the department’s budget has already been spent this year. Mid-year expenditure in 2018/19 was R224.6 million, 35.8% of the 2018/19 adjusted appropriation, whereas expenditure in the first half of 2019/20 was R186.3 million, or 28.5% of the adjusted appropriation of R652.6 million for the year (compared with total expenditure of R542 million in 2018/19).