Resource infrastructure rehabilitation project provides work for military veterans


As from tomorrow 53 military veterans will find themselves gainfully employed in an area where South Africa is seemingly sliding backwards.

Collaboration between the Department of Military Veterans (DMV), under the leadership of Thabang Makwetla, and the Department of Water and Environment Affairs (DWEA) will see the veterans doing construction work as part of an overall rehabilitation of water resource infrastructure in the Standerton area.

The Tswelopele project, in addition to the 53 permanent jobs, will also see temporary work for another 39 military veterans.

Apart from actual building and construction as part of rehabilitation of infrastructure, the veterans will also work on cleaning canals to deliver water for both agricultural and domestic use.

The involvement of Minister Edna Molewa in the project is part of her department’s commitment to create employment for military veterans, a call made by President Jacob Zuma.

There are already 12 military veterans on site outside the Mpumalanga town. They are employed by DWEA and are Public Service Act empowered employees. This means, among others, they and those who join them tomorrow undergo a week-long induction programme as well as continuous on-the-job assessments. These assessments will be evaluated on a quarterly basis with the potential for advancement.

The assessment factor is part of a memorandum of understanding between DMV and DWEA.

All the veterans going to Standerton have been vetted by DMV in terms of their suitability. This is one of a number of services the DMV offers registered and verified military veterans. Others include assistance with business start-ups and bursaries aimed at making veterans contributors to, rather than takers from the economy.