Military veterans receive new homes

For some people, rain is a sign of blessing and a requisite resource for new life and growth, but for Thabile Qilingile and his family, any drop and drizzles from the sky above meant a strenuous hassle as they lived in shack that had leaks.
Qilingile is a former freedom fighter and military veteran who received a house on the 10th of December 2015 in Loerier Park, Bloemfontein in Free State.
Qilingile and other military veterans are the beneficiaries of the Government’s national programme to provide decent homes for former soldiers.
The Loerier Park project consists of 30 houses all of which will be completed before the end of 2015. The houses have three bedrooms, kitchen, lounge and two bathrooms.
“I resigned in 2005 from South African National Defense Force, I used to stay in a shack at Botshabelo with my wife and two children,” said Qilingile
“My prayers are answered now. I have recently finished my treatment of Tuberculosis and the living conditions in a shack aggravated my condition. But I am thankful to our government for giving us shelter, which restores dignity,” Qilingile said.
The Deputy Minister of Human Settlements Zou Kota-Fredericks handed over the keys to the former freedom fighters. The Deputy Minister was accompanied by Free State Premier Ace Magashule, MEC of Human Settlements Olly Mlamleli and Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Kebby Maphatsoe,
The houses are meant for all military veterans irrespective of their affiliation as part of appreciating the commitment and sacrifice of they made in defending South Africa and fighting for democracy.
“We are here to honour those who played key roles in ensuring that we live in free democratic country today,” said Deputy Minister Kota-Fredericks.
“We would also be looking at the database to prioritise vulnerable groups such as child headed households and disabled people,” Deputy Minister Kota-Fredericks said.
The houses are going to be built in each town of the Free State, where Military Veterans are located. The Department of Agriculture and Correctional Services contributed trees for greening the houses.