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Minister: Susan Shabangu
Deputy Minister: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu
Deputy Minister
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OLDER PERSONS CALL FOR PARTICIPATION BETWEEN GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Government and the private sector need to be involved in matters of older persons is the message from the outgoing South African Older Persons Forum (SAOPF) at the Active Ageing Programme currently underway in the City of Mangaung, Free State Province.

Reflecting on the Committee’s three-year tenure in office, the outgoing Chairperson Dr Reverend Pitjadi Ntshabeleng said that while they have achieved more in strengthening the organisation as a voice of older persons in South Africa, much more still needs to be done to ensure the involvement of other government departments and the private sector in matters of older persons.

“We are currently working well with the Department of Social Development, but struggling with other departments that have a constitutional obligation to render services that improve the quality of life of older persons. Our mandate is to advocate and engage meaningfully with both government and the private sector to integrate our needs and perspectives in their programmes,” said Dr Ntshabeleng.

Key amongst some of the Committee’s advocacy achievements is the successful establishment of the ward-based older person’s forums in municipalities across the country. The establishment of forums at community level further strengthen their voice and provide opportunities for them to participate in the integrated development planning and other decision-making processes on matters that affect them, including resource allocation and the provision of basic services such as human settlement, health, water and sanitation, to name a few.

The Committee also reflected on the recently released crime statistics and noted with concern the increasing number of sexual offences against older persons, particularly in rural areas.

“The crime statistics do not give us a full picture on the victimisation of those aged 60 and over, including sexual violence against older persons. Recent media reports on sexual offences is a worrying factor, especially if you consider that the majority of the victim of sexual offences are women, said Ms Daphney Memela, the outgoing Secretary of SAOPF.

The new Executive Committee, elected on Monday during the SAOPF Annual General Meeting has its work cut out in the coming years. The AGM mandated the newly elected Executive Committee to advocate for the scrapping of means test for Old Age Grant.

The Active Ageing Programme is currently underway at Dr Rantlai Petrus Molemela Stadium, Mangaung and is scheduled to run until Friday, 26 October 2018.

The active ageing programme continues in Mangaung as follows:

NATIONAL GOLDEN GAMES

Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018

Time: 08h00-16h00

Venue: Dr Rantlai Petrus Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein

Free State Province

NATIONAL OLDER PERSONS PARLIAMENT

Date: Friday, 26 October 2018

Time: 08h00-14h00

Venue: Dr Rantlai Petrus Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein

Free State Province

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

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