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Minister: Susan Shabangu
Deputy Minister: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu
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OLDER PERSONS IN MPUMALANGA TREATED TO ENTERTAINMENT AND GIFTS AT THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 January 2019

Mayflower-Mpumalanga: It was a fun-filled day in Mayflower, Mpumalanga Province as Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu hosted the annual Christmas Luncheon for older persons.

Of the 350 older persons who attended the luncheon, four were centenarians whose long and healthy lives coincide with the centenary celebrations of former President Nelson Mandela and Mama Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu. 


The luncheon, which comes few days before Christmas Day is part and parcel of the Department of Social Development’s ongoing national efforts to promote the wellbeing of older persons by highlighting the plight of older persons who face social isolation and to give them an opportunity to socialise with their peers.


This is in line with the Older Persons Act (Act No.13 of 2006), which advocates for the promotion and protection of the rights of older persons.


Those who were present thanked Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu of thinking of them during this time of the year and for the opportunity to socialise with their peers. They also raised concerns on service delivery related matters, including roads in rural areas, services to persons with disabilities, water and sanitation and the safety of older persons in communities.


Of particular concern, older persons expressed dissatisfaction with the new SASSA payment system that compels them to stand in long queues at local post offices. This, they say exposes them to criminal elements as most of them are illiterate.


Older persons were treated to a meal and desserts and gifts. They were thankful that for they will enjoy a good and blessed Christmas just like everybody else.
To mark this special occasion, Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu donated a Christmas cake.


Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu shared her joy for being able to bring smiles and happiness to older persons.


“I am really happy to be part of this important occasion, which seeks to honour and give back to our older persons who have worked hard for the freedom and democracy we enjoy today. We thought that it would be nice to bring you together to enjoy a Christmas meal and to catch up with your old friends,” said Deputy Minister Bogopane-Zulu.
   

ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
 
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