Zuma’s Christmas party brings joy to the elderly in Nkandla

2011-12-28 00:00

THERE was ululation as President Jacob Zuma’s praise singer, Themba Masinga, introduced him to the elderly in Nkandla during their annual Christmas party yesterday.

Zuma handed out food parcels in Nkandla and the surrounding villages during his annual Christmas party for the elderly, held at Mnyakanya High School at kwaNxamalala.

Over 2 000 food parcels were given to pensioners in a function organised by the Jacob Zuma RDP Education Trust and the Gift of the Givers charity organisation.

Dr Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers, said he was too busy attending to the flood disaster in Ladysmith to attend the Nkandla function.

“Our organisation has been part of this Christmas party for the past four years,” said Suleman.

He said Gift of the Givers was dedicated to change the lives of the poor and that was why it had a team donating food items and household detergents to 2 500 underprivileged families in the area.

“On Thursday we will be giving stationery, new clothing, toys and sweet packs to 3 000 children.”

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize praised Zuma for his humbleness in ensuring that the old and frail were also recognised for their role in society.

Zuma said the party was motivated by the need to have old people meeting and having a good time during the Christmas season.

“We started by having a children’s Christmas party, but we saw that we also needed to accommodate the aged as well for them to celebrate in the Christmas spirit, which is a time for giving,” said Zuma.

He said the government had dedicated Christmas Day for people to be with their families.

“There are two most important periods in a human being’s life and those are the time you are born, because there is a need for you to be loved and supported, [and] when you are old and frail … because you are at stage where you cannot support yourself.”

Zuma said the party was the ideal opportunity for pensioners to access essential services because there were ministers and MECs present to hear their problems.

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