Mine reaches out to elderly

2016-07-06 06:00
SURROUNDED by elderly members of the community, the Kolomela Mine’s public affairs manager, George Benjamin, handed over the keys to the donated vehicle to Age in Action’s Pheliswa Lekanyane.  Photo: Supplied

SURROUNDED by elderly members of the community, the Kolomela Mine’s public affairs manager, George Benjamin, handed over the keys to the donated vehicle to Age in Action’s Pheliswa Lekanyane. Photo: Supplied

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THE website of Statistics South Africa indicates that about 4,4% of the population of the Tsantsabane Municipal Area are elderly people over the age of 65 years.

The Go Turquoise for the Elderly Campaign’s website reveals that there are 2,75 million elderly people in South Africa, of which 1 million are over the age of 75 years.

These revelations motivated Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, to participate in the Go Turquoise for the Elderly Campaign, which started on Sunday, 15 May, and conclu-ded on Wednesday, 15 June.

According to a statement from Nikki Wetzlar of Anglo American, the mining company believes that by caring for the elderly and by ensuring that they are not forgotten, it has to be actively involved and partnered with other stakeholders in community projects for them.

The aim of the 2016 Go Turquoise for the Elderly Campaign is centred on creating awareness around the predicaments of the elderly. It is also aimed at supporting what caregivers, families, organisations and society can do to honour, revere and help the elderly to lead dignified, healthy and secure lives. Millions of family members, nursing staff and caregivers tend to thousands of elderly people with loving care, great compassion, respect and appreciation.

On the closure of the campaign in June, the Age In Action Centre’s elderly celebrated it with the Golden Games at the Newtown Sports Facility.

During this joyful event, elderly people from Postmasburg and nearby communities, like Groenwater, came together and participated in several sporting activities.

“On this day, we raised awareness of elderly abuse,” said Pheliswa Lekanyane, Age in Action’s provincial director.

“People who look after the elderly are caregivers and they do not always understand abuse, because it might not always be intended.

“Caregivers might get overloaded physically and emotionally and that could be the cause of the abuse without them realising it.”

The Kolomela Mine handed over a vehicle to the Age in Action Centre as part of supporting the Go Turquoise Campaign. George Benjamin, public affairs manager at the Kolomela Mine, urged everyone in the community to actively participate in assisting the elderly.

He challenged other companies in Postmasburg to give back to the community through focusing on the elderly for the Nelson Mandela Day project.

“Solid partnerships build stronger communities. This is what the vehicle handover symbolises.

“This vehicle handed over to the Age in Action Centre is to assist the elderly in the community,” he added.

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