The Premier of the Free State Ace Magashule, the Executive Mayor of Mangaung Metro, Thabo Manyoni, and the MEC of cooperative governance, traditional affairs and human settlements (Cogta), Olly Mlamleli, delivered houses to military veterans in Bloemfontein on Wednesday.
According to Mlamleli, the provincial government handed over 10 complete houses to deserving veterans and the two additional houses will be handed over once completed.
Mlamleli said the houses were handed over to the veterans to honour them for their struggle against apartheid and for bringing the freedom and democracy that is enjoyed by millions of South Africans today.
“The houses we are handing over today are differently designed from your normal or traditional 40 square metre RDP houses. These are 60 square metre houses built from sandstone that gives them a unique design and a distinguished roof.
“Our plan was to move people out of the old fashioned two roomed houses and into the four roomed houses. We are also planning to build 500 houses for the rest of the province as part of the campaign to honour military veterans,” said Mlamleli.
With some of the veterans already deceased, their children and grandchildren will now become the beneficiaries of the houses.
Manyoni has promised to ensure that the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality installs water and electricity into the houses of the veterans.