Houses for ex fighters

2017-03-23 06:02
Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela opens the door to beneficiary Samuel Mdladlana’s house.PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela opens the door to beneficiary Samuel Mdladlana’s house.PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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It was a home, sweet home for military veterans as they stepped in to their new homes last Friday.

Former members of liberation movements uMkhonto we Sizwe(MK) and Azanian People’s Liberation Army, including former Bantustan armies, received keys to their homes in Eerste Rivier, largely because of an initiative by Lindiwe Sisulu, the national Minister of Housing and Human Settlements. Western Cape MEC for Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela was officiated at the event to hand over the keys to the veterans.

The project will comprise a total of 73 residential units, specifically designed to meet the needs of military veterans. Construction on the project commenced in 2016 and thus far 20 units have been completed, with some already occupied. The project is due to be completed at the end of May this year.

Handing over the homes, Madikizela said that the project was about restoring the dignity of those that fought for the liberation of the country. He noted that housing was still a great challenge for the government.

“We have a backlog of 526 000 beneficiaries that need homes while the department needs R80 billion nationally,” he said.

He noted that there was also a perception that because the province was administered by a different political party, there was no political will to build houses.

“It is a very important gesture to help the veterans. I am hoping that those who receive these houses will enjoy living them. The project is a huge success so far. ” he said.

The first recipient to receive his home on the day was former Ciskei Defence Force member Samuel Mdladlana from Gugulethu. The 50 year old said that he had been waiting for his own home for 23 years and was beside himself with joy.

“Im so happy it has finally happened.”

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