Give wheels to elderly

2018-06-14 06:02
Mayor Patricia De Lille listening attentively while councillor Noluthando Makasi talking to the beneficiaries during the handover. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

Mayor Patricia De Lille listening attentively while councillor Noluthando Makasi talking to the beneficiaries during the handover. PHOTOS: UNATHI OBOSE

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“People with disabilities, the elderly and vulnerable are overlooked in many communities, and this is a way of showing that we can work together and improve their lives.”

These were the remarks from City of Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, during the handover of equipment for the use of the disabled at Endlovini Community Hall in New Crossroads last Thursday.

About 10 wheelchairs, 10 commodes and 20 walkers were donated to the residents of ward 38.

De Lille described the donation as merely a drop in the ocean.

“By donating these ... Its part of the City’s integrated development plan. We want to ensure that we build inclusive communities where all of the communities feel a sense of belonging.

“We want all our communities to have access to the City’s facilities. These equipment are going to assist them to move around,” said De Lille.

De Lille encouraged people to live the concept of ubuntu.

“We need to put ubuntu in action. We need to show that we care about the actions that we take on a daily basis,” said De Lille.

Councillor Luvuyo Zondani said the majority of the beneficiaries were indigent.

“Out of 10 people, 70% percent did not possess wheelchairs at all. The remaining owned old and broken wheelchairs.

“Walkers were donated to those who are lying in bed, but could walk slowly.

“And by providing commodes, we are trying to bring back the dignity of the people,” said Zondani­.

He said his passion was to ensure that all people living with disabilities in his ward get access to the luxuries that the City is offering­.

Nondumiso Wowo (39), from Mau-mau in Nyanga East, said she was grateful to both Zondani and De Lille for their effort.

“My wheelchair was too small and old,” she said.

“I was struggling ... I had to hire or borrow one for mobility.”

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