Project benefits the elderly

2015-12-02 06:00
KOSIE VENTER, chairperson of the ACVV and the Kolomela Mine’s public affairs manager, George Benjamin.  Photo: Supplied

KOSIE VENTER, chairperson of the ACVV and the Kolomela Mine’s public affairs manager, George Benjamin. Photo: Supplied

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AS a sign that the well-being and safety of its elderly remains important to the Kolomela Mine, the mine took on a project to benefit the safety of the elderly of the Afrikaner Christian Women’s Movement (ACVV).

The ACVV, formerly known as the Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging, is based at the Jan Vorster Old-Age Home which is currently home to over 50 retired individuals from Postmasburg.

According to George Benjamin, the Kolomela Mine’s public affairs manager, Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, knows that by understanding the needs of communities, it can take real and meaningful steps to address them.

“Solid partnerships build stronger communities,” added Benjamin.

“And part of our social labour plan commitment is to ensure that we maintain our existing relationships, and build new ones stronger.”

The ACVV is a woman’s movement in South Africa which was already founded in 1904.

It is also the oldest welfare organisation in South Africa with 114 registered branches throughout the country.

According to Kosie Venter, chairperson of the ACVV, the Postmasburg branch was founded in 2000 and renders social services in the community to vulnerable children, families, women and the elderly.

“Many of our elderly people are frail and can’t defend themselves; we have to value them and what they mean to society. Many retired people continue to work in their field, often for free, continuing to contribute to the basket of world know-ledge,” Venter said.

She added that some of the elderly take con­siderable care of their grandchildren or other people’s children through care arrangements in home or at childcare centres, ensuring that the next generation is getting the best possible start in life.

Earlier this year, the Kolomela Mine also assisted the Age in Action centre in Boichoko where it donated blankets to the elderly in Postdene.

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