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Christmas cheers to the elderly. Print E-mail
14 December 2012


Over 600 elderly people from all regions of the City of Johannesburg enjoyed a special Christmas lunch and fun-filled day with Johannesburg’s Executive Mayor, Clr Parks Tau at Walter Sisulu Hall in Randburg on Wednesday, 12 December 2012.

The Mayoral Christmas Lunch was hosted by the City of Johannesburg and this is an annual event that the City organises for the elderly people.

Present at the event were the City of Johannesburg’s Executive Mayor, Clr Parks Tau, Clr Nonceba Molwele, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development, Ms Nomcebo Manzini, Regional Director for UN Women of Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands and other senior officials of the City of Johannesburg.   Addressing the elderly people, Clr Parks Tau said a society is judged by the way it treat its elderly people. He said, “The City of Johannesburg is piloting the supply of chronic medication to old age homes, retirement villages and the elderly day care centre as a means of improving access to health care for the elderly people”.

The chronic medicines are supplied and delivered to these homes by the City’s pharmacists and health professionals. The medicines are provided only for stable and compliant chronic patients that usually attend the City of Johannesburg clinics.  In a few instances, the well-funded old age homes employ their own nurses and doctors and get government funded supplies.

“These approaches have improved access and availability to the elderly so that they don’t get to queue in our already overloaded clinics and health centres. It also assists to reduce the workloads and overcrowding in the clinics” says Mayor Tau.

Among those who attended were Tiny Sibela and Suzan Mokgabila who were also celebrating their birthdays on Wednesday. Sibela said that she had the time of her life. “Being around hundreds of people my age allowed me to make new friends,” she added.

Mokgabila thanked the City and organisers for such a beautiful day and great gifts. “I also enjoyed the entertainment. It was on point,” she said.

Clr Nonceba Molwele, the Member of the Mayoral Committee for Health and Social Development said, “Christmas was a period of giving – hence the City of Johannesburg saw fit to acknowledge its elders, the people who had contributed immensely so that Johannesburg could be a great world-class, African City today”.

The aim of the day was to salute the contribution of the elderly people to society. “Since you have many experiences the community has expectations of you. We also value your experiences. We would not be where we are without your contribution,” said Nomcebo Manzini, Regional Director for UN Women of Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.

The group sang hymns and some danced, while others cheered them on. Each person left with a gift.

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