By the end of March next year at least 1,900 military veterans will have their own houses.
The Department of Military Veterans (DMV) has entered into an agreement with the Department of Human Settlements, headed by former defence and military veterans minister Lindiwe Sisulu, to deliver the houses measuring a minimum of 50 square metres to veterans. In statement the DMV said the houses are exclusively for veterans who are unemployed or do not earn enough to buy themselves a house.
Works on the veterans’ housing has started with construction in certain areas and planning underway in other areas. Houses will be built in all nine provinces with R78 million transferred to the Human Settlements department in the current financial year and another R164 million earmarked for the 2015/16 financial year.
In Eastern Cape veterans in the Lukhanji, OR Tambo and Chetty districts will be received houses while four Free State districts have been selected for veterans’ houses. They are Manguang, Moqhaka, Metsimaholo and Ngwathe.
In Gauteng Nellmapius, Westonaria Borwa and Golden Gardens are the selected military veterans’ housing districts with no less than 11 KwaZulu-Natal district municipalities getting a share of the veterans housing funding. The districts are Ethekwini, Uthukela, Harry Gwala, Umgungundlovu, Amajuba, Ilembe, Ugu, Umkhanyakude, Umzinyathi, Zululand and Uthungulu.
Veterans houses will also be built in Mamusa, Mafikeng, Naledi, Matlosana and Ikatiseng in North West; Sol Plaatjie, Lerato Park and Soul City in Northern Cape and the Blue Downs district of Western Cape.