RESTORING DIGNITY TO SOUTH AFRICA’S MILITARY VETERANS A PRIORITY FOR THE GOVT

BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA– Restoring the dignity of military veterans remains a priority of this South African government, says Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu.

Addressing a Military Veterans Summit held in this capital of Free State Province on Friday, she called on country’s provincial governments to allocate at least 30 per cent of the houses being built across the country to needy military veterans.

We are in a process of rolling out the Catalytic (housing) Projects nationally [and] for each and every project, 30 per cent of the houses should be allocated to deserving military veterans, Sisulu told the summit, which was organized to promote engagement between the former combatants and the government, private sector and civil society organizations.

The Minister urged the summit to come up with concrete proposals on mechanisms and institutional arrangements to deliver effectively and efficiently to military veterans.

When she delivered her department’s Budget Vote in Parliament earlier this year, Sisulu had announced the approval of more than 40 government-led Catalytic Projects aimed at fast-tracking housing delivery. These projects are expected to yield more than 10,000 mixed housing units with amenities.

During the summit here, the military veterans also discussed five critical areas, which include economic empowerment, education needs of military veterans and their dependents and health needs.

We have a historic duty to take extraordinary measures to empower military veterans and ensure that they, together with their families, lead better and prosperous lives, Sisulu said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK