SENIOR citizens and members of the Thandukwazi Old Age Home in Sebokeng hosted a special guest last Tuesday.
Minister of Women, Susan Shabangu visited the Zone 14 home for elderly and came bearing gifts.
The thanksgiving ceremony was held to thank the elderly for their role in their families and communities.
Minister Shabangu was joined by Emfuleni Local Municipality Executive Mayor Mahole Mofokeng and Speaker Maipato Tsokolibane in handing out donated blankets to the overjoyed elderly residents.
The senior citizens packed a white tent erected in the yard of the old age home and were happy to receive their newly-donated blankets which had the words, “1956 Women’s March 60th Anniversary” printed on them.
Several Councillors and Members of the Mayoral Committee from Emfuleni Local Municipality also graced the event including Busi Mncube [Corporate and Governance], Jan Moshoadiba [Human Settlements], Sylvia Sengoatsi [Health and Social Development], Dimakatso Malisa [Environmental Management and Planning] and Nomvula Thulo [Basic Services].
Speaking at the event, Minister Shabangu, who was on her way to the National Assembly in Cape Town, told the elderly she could not postpone the event any further.
“I have pressing commitments but I decided to come so we could spend time with the elderly. I’m happy to see the elderly who are not frail and old, but senior citizens who are full of energy and life. I would like to emphasize that we are not here today to seek any votes, we are here to show gratitude to senior citizens who have been at the forefront of societal issues since the historic 1956 Women’s March,” she said.
Mayor Mofokeng said some of the elderly residents who attended the event, are some of the people who raised him during his early days in politics.
“Amongst these senior citizens are parents and grandparents who raised us to be the people we are today, I’m proud of them,” he said.
Thanking the Minister for the donation of blankets, one of the senior citizens, Steven Mphane encouraged Minister Shabangu and Mayor Mofokeng to continue with their good work.
“We thank God for your visit and we hope this is the beginning of bigger things to come,” he said.
The event ended with a delicious lunch cooked especially for the elderly.