Veterans get new houses

2017-02-08 06:02
The MEC of the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Alvin Botes, introduced Solethu Energy as the appointed service provider responsible for the repair of the vandalised electrical infrastructure meant for the houses of military veterans. An amount of R2,9 million has been allocated for this purpose. Photo: Boipelo Mere

The MEC of the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Alvin Botes, introduced Solethu Energy as the appointed service provider responsible for the repair of the vandalised electrical infrastructure meant for the houses of military veterans. An amount of R2,9 million has been allocated for this purpose. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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The hefty amount of R2,9 million was allocated by Alvin Botes, the MEC for the Department of Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs (CoGHSTA) in the Northern Cape, to complete the pro­cess of bettering the lives of 38 military veterans in Kimberley.

The allocation was presented to service provider Solethu Energy Company, which will also be responsible for the repair of the vandalised electrical infrastructure intended to supply electricity to the veterans’ new houses before the beneficiaries move in.

The housing project is part of the Lerato Park Integrated Housing Deve­lopment Project intended to fulfil the principles of an integrated housing development project for veterans of Apla and Umkhonto we Sizwe.

Most of the beneficiaries still live in the greater No. 2 under overcrowded living conditions.

The presentation was done as an intervention by CoGHSTA after reports that the houses had been vandalised and electricity cables had been stolen.

However, Solethu Energy Company could not guarantee when the overall electricity supply process will be complete, as they cited delays in the manufacture and supply of material as a possible delay.

The company, through its regional manager, Thamy Zulu, rather committed to temporarily supply power to the houses while the overall construction is underway.

“For now we will only bring the cables closer to the houses, as there are already meter boxes installed inside the houses,” said Zulu.

Botes also promised to offer further methods of assistance for the beneficiaries as a token of appreciation for the positive role they played towards fighting for the democracy of South Africa.

Trees with low water maintenance were distributed among the beneficiaries to plant inside their yards.

“These houses are meant to unite the nation, thus we will develop a short profile on each of the beneficiaries.

“These houses are meant to be an asset to you and your families, even after you have passed on.”

According to Botes, the houses will initially be valued at R220 000 upon completion.

Thabo Sei (50) could not wait to move into his new house after confirmation that he qualified.

At the age of 50, he has never owned his own house, as he is still living in a four-roomed family house.

According to him, he is living with up to eight relatives in the house that he was born in, after some of their elders passed on.

“This is a real blessing to be offered such a golden opportunity by my government, as I could never have afforded to buy my own house. It was merely a dream for me.

“I still have the responsibility of supporting some of my relatives, including my five children ranging between the ages of 3 and 18,” said Sei.

He further expressed how impressed he was with the fast rate at which the development had progressed.

Botes said the project will soon be spread to other districts in the pro­vince.

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