Old age home gets a makeover

2015-11-12 06:00
 Cllr Phakela-Mapasa and other members enjoy a moment as they painted the rooms at the Ekuphumleni Old Age Home in Gugulethu.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Cllr Phakela-Mapasa and other members enjoy a moment as they painted the rooms at the Ekuphumleni Old Age Home in Gugulethu. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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After much back and forth, door knocking looking for sponsors the much needed makeover of the ladies rooms at the Ekuphumleni Old Age home finally took place.

This activity which also included a yard clean up was conducted by the DA’s Woman Network (Dawn) on Friday.

According to DA councillor Xoliswa Phakela-Mapasa the initiative has been in the works for quite a long time.

“My husband’s relative started living here and we started visiting them. I started to notice that the centre badly needed renovations and I started making calls,” said Phakela-Mapasa.

DonationsShe told City Vision that she started seeking donations for the paints and other materials needed for the job.

“This was supposed to be done in June but due to lack of funding and other issues we kept pushing back the dates.

“We then hoped to do in August as part of women’s month activities but still funds were just not enough,” she said.

She said that when they finally had the needed monies they started to mobilise the network members as well as other party members to visit the centre.

She said that she understood that the centre did not have the capability to undertake such renovations.

“We as the outside community should show that we haven’t dumped our elderly here.

“We must make every effort to make their stay here as comfortable as possible,” she said.

She said that this was their first activity but they will continue supporting the centre with what was in their power.

Noma Matiwane, facility administrator, shared the same sentiments with Phakela-Mapasa that the community should reach out a helping hand.

“The roof of this facility has not been painted ever since it was established in 1996.

There have never been any substantial renovations in the structure since it opened. This is not because the centre management didn’t want to but rather a matter of lack of funds,” she said.

She called on the community to support the centre for the benefit of its inhabitants.

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