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A GEM for Generations to Come

17 May 2009 No Comment


The Gunner’s and Engineer’s Memorial Village for Military Veterans is a living memorial housing estab-lishment. gem

In 1984, through the constant efforts of the Gunners’ and Sappers’ Associations, an assemblage of units for aged veterans was constructed on the farm Doornkloof in Irene. The General Smuts War Veterans Foundation donated the land and the cottages and flats were constructed mainly through funds borrowed from the Government.

Today, GEM Village consists of 42 double and 36 single units, housing 120 veterans, social pensioners, and their dependants. Aged dependants of the young men and women who currently serve in the SANDF qualify to stay in GEM Village.

Because of the high demand for housing, the Village Management Committee implemented a policy, according to which applicants from a waiting list is selected according to criteria.

Military veterans of a certain age, and their dependants do get preference. Whilst in most cases a sub-economical rental, subsidised by the Village, is payable by the residents, there are those veterans who are able to afford to purchase life occupancy rights in additional newly built cottages which were added to the Village by means of self generated funds, in the last few years.

Irrespective of their financial situation though, the residents all take tremendous pride in the village. This can be seen in the way residents maintain their gardens and the common property.

The Hully Club was recently built to provide extra recreational activities to residents. The Club is run and maintained by a very active Residents Committee. This committee is also mainly responsible for organizing the annual fundraising events such as a Golf day as well as the annual Fete.

A hairdresser and podiatrist regularly visit t leave no stone unturned in seeing to it that the last days of our veterans are spend in dignity.

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