‘Seniors, don’t struggle’

2015-11-03 06:00
Child welfare department representative Jenny Ndzitshe urged the seniors to enjoy their pension and not be taken advantage of by children or grandchildren.  PHOTOS: Chevon Booysen

Child welfare department representative Jenny Ndzitshe urged the seniors to enjoy their pension and not be taken advantage of by children or grandchildren. PHOTOS: Chevon Booysen

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Seniors from Lansdowne were treated to brunch and an information session on Thursday last week when Lansdowne police, the victim support structure and the Lansdowne Community Police Forum (CPF) hosted an event for them.

The seniors gathered at the Lansdowne civic centre where they were entertained with a brunch and an information session during which roleplayers explained various processes to them.

CPF secretary Ebrahim Hull welcomed the group of seniors, saying the event was a special one to celebrate the lives of the most respected residents of the community.

“It really is a privilege sharing this morning with our seniors. It is always a special occasion when one gets to spend time with the aged and make them feel special,” Hull said.

He added that the elderly often felt neglected, lonely and sometimes abused.

“A lot of the time our aged feel like they are alone and that nobody cares, but today we are here to show that we really do care and we want you to enjoy this time with us,” Hull added.

Ward 48 councillor Magedien Davids, who also attended the event and donated goodie bags, said he was happy to share the day with the seniors.

Davids also explained to the group how to apply for a rebate, as well as what they could do if they could not keep up with rate payments.

“Seniors should not have to struggle alone, especially if they do not know the correct processes. You can put your pride in your pocket and see your ward councillor for help. There are many issues like this and there is help for our elderly,” Davids said.

Child welfare department representative Jenny Ndzitshe also addressed the group.

Ndzitshe implored the seniors to not have their children or grandchildren take advantage of their pension payouts and to rather spend the money on themselves.

The group of elders were entertained with “golden oldies” music and a song was performed by the Seniors of St Johns from Crawford.

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