Langa oldies blessed

2016-05-12 06:00
Residents Residents at the Sizamile Old Age Home in Langa were treated to a day of fun, food and goodies by philanthropists Zandisile Nojilana (standing) and Fezile Mgwelana (in the picture above).

Residents Residents at the Sizamile Old Age Home in Langa were treated to a day of fun, food and goodies by philanthropists Zandisile Nojilana (standing) and Fezile Mgwelana (in the picture above).

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Mother’s Day was celebrated all over the country last Sunday, what with the fortunate receiving gifts from both loved ones and offspring alike.

Zandisile Nojilana and Fezile Mgwelana, however, realising that not all parents were lucky enough to receive such blessings, spared a thought for the destitute inmates at Sizamile Old Age Home in Langa.

Nojilana and Mgwelana, friends from Langa and Gugulethu respectivelly spent their Sunday pampering and dining with the elderly at Sizamile. They work as fraud analysts at RCS.

According to the duo they have been visiting the home and they have realised that the residents there have been neglected.

“Everyone knows how important Mothers Day is and that many people are with their loved ones on the day but people in places like these are often neglected. When we came here during the Easter holidays we realised that these residents are not visited by their families so we decided that we will spend the day here,” said Mgwelana.

The two have started an initiative that they are calling #HustleGang where they promise to work hard in their professional fields.... and then make generous donations to the less privileged.

“This initiative is our way of giving back to the community that moulded us into the young men we are today.

Mothers have played a great role in our growth, therefore we would like to acknowledge them for being the powerful women that they are.

Furthermore, a child is not only brought up by their parents but by the community as a whole and for that we are forever grateful.

This is why we decided to go and spend time with those mothers that do not have children to celebrate with,” said Nojilana.

As a Langa native he said he had often wondered about what happened at the home and was moved when he was told of the neglect that its elderly residents are constantly facing.

The two spent the whole of Sunday at the centre where they entertained the oldies with music, food and gift bags with toiletry for the gogos and granddads.

“It may not be a lot but they were really grateful for the time spent with them. As you may know this was not our first visit and it definitely is not our last,” said Mgwelana.

“We really loved seeing them happy and enjoying their day. What was sad to see was that none of them had families visiting them” he noted.

He said that they will continue to support the needy and were also encouraging young adults to also heed the call to help.

“We would like for others to help as much as they can,” the duo concluded

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