SOUTH AFRICA TO SPEED UP DELIVERY OF HOUSES TO FORMER SOLDIERS

The Department of Military Veterans, the Department of Human Settlements and several provincial governments have agreed with the Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Military Veterans to urgently accelerate the delivery of houses to the veterans.

The objective is to deliver 1,000 houses across the nine provinces of South Africa, in line with the annual performance plans of the Department of Military Veterans (DMV).

"To that extent, 138 million Rand (about 10.28 million US dollars) have been set aside by the DMV to top up the building and provision of decent houses, in line with the specifications agreed between the Department of Military Veterans and Department of Human Settlements. The specification stipulates that a minimum of 50 square meters with a carport should be built for military veterans," the Department of Military Veterans said in a statement Wednesday.

The Parliamentary Committee, together with the two departments, noted that there had been challenges affecting the delivery of houses for military veterans such as inadequate policies, the lack of a reliable and credible database for military veterans, the lack of efficient governance mechanisms, as well as the quick provision of sites for the building of houses for military veterans in the various municipalities.

The department said the meeting further agreed on the need to fast-track the development of proper policies, the strengthening of interdepartmental and intergovernmental governance mechanisms nationally, provincially and locally.

The Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Military Veterans will embark on a series of roadshows jointly with the Department of Military Veterans and the Department of Human Settlements to assess the state of projects of building houses for military veterans as a matter of urgency.

The provinces which were represented at the meeting included KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Eastern Cape and Free State.

Source: Nam News Network

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