Nosipho helps oldies do away with the blues

2016-06-02 06:00
Nosipho Sibabalwe Pieter-Mabandla, the founder and director for Masibambane Sibuyise Isidima Sethu Old Age Creche (left) and pensioners in Langa.    PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Nosipho Sibabalwe Pieter-Mabandla, the founder and director for Masibambane Sibuyise Isidima Sethu Old Age Creche (left) and pensioners in Langa. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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The woman who started a day-care for the benefit of the aged of Langa has received many praises for the initiative.

Nosipho Sibabalwe Pieter-Mabandla, founder and director of Masibambane Sibuyise Isidima Sethu Daycare Centre has become a deserving heroine to local pensioners who gather daily at the Red Cross building in Mendi Avenue for different activities.

About 50 pensioners meet there to do exercises, sewing, netting and sing songs.

Pieter-Mabandla,56, dips into her own pocket to buy food for the elders and scramble for a monthly rental of R800.

“I have passion. I was touched to realise that most of them get so lonely during the day in their homes when their children are at work. Some of them also default from their treatment, because there is no one to take care of them during the day.

In other homes, they are the ones who put food on the table with their pension grant, because their children are unemployed.

They need love and someone who carers for them. The world without senior citizens is not the world,” she said.

She ensures that they take their medication every day after dishing them with a full meal during lunch.

Pieter-Mabandla frequently gets assistance from local Roman Catholic Church and training from the Department of Social Development.

Pieter-Mabandla formed the organisation in 2011.

She said the driving force behind the endeavour was from the scripture of Matthew 5 verse 13 to 16.

One of the elders, a Mr Mlungwana, 66, heaped praises on Pieter-Mabandla for the wisdom of starting the centre.

Mlungwana said he used to sit at a park behind his house in Zone 13 because he felt lonely in life.

“I used to be very lonely during the day. After I met her, she told me about the centre that she was starting.

I jumped up at the opportunity and asked to be registered.

Mlungwana said he was the first to register, “because it became clear to me that it is something I needed. I had defaulted on my medication, because sometimes we did not have food at home so I could not take my medication.

She makes sure that we get food here and that we take our medication. I am happy here,” Mlungwana said.

Mlungwana also said the gym helped save his leg from amputation as it was aching a lot before.

Alfred Zwelibanzi Adam,84, said he was also lonely before joining the organisation last year.

“I was always alone in the house. I like eating porridge in the morning and at home there was no one to cook it for me, but here I get it every morning.

I feel very better now, because of the gym here.”

Pieter-Mabandla also arranges transport from home to the centre and back. For help contact them on 0833705929.

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