The Military Veterans Department says it’s working around the clock to fast track the housing project that will see 491 houses built for veterans at Chatty in Port Elizabeth. These will be built in the next five years.

Currently, 115 houses have been built and an additional 18 will be built by March next year. The department’s Acting Deputy Director-General, Xolisa Morolo, says the verification of all military veterans is slowing down the process.

“We have a target of having another 18 delivered within this financial year. This will then bring the houses to 133 that will be built and occupied. As we have indicated that we have a number of challenges in the delivery of the houses amongst which is the issue of the verification of the beneficiaries to be included for benefiting housing. The department is working tirelessly. We have a project in place to fast track this verification so that we make sure that houses are allocated to legitimate military veterans,” says Morolo.

The military veterans have welcomed the move.

Veteran Mazwenele Smith says he hopes the department will keep its word, “This is what we’ve been waiting for or pushing that the department will come and help us especially military veterans. Remember there is nothing we can do without the support from the department.”

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