Kids donate to Gogos

2016-07-28 06:00
In front are gogos Bonelwa Qwesha, and Nikiwe Masinda. At the back are Silulami Nkqeze, Nandi Dlamini, an assistant manager and Nokonga Matiwane, facility manager and Victor Guga. Fezeka Tsotsa, the acting deputy principal and learners from Litha Primary School, during the visit at Ikhaya Loxolo Old Age Home, in Gugulethu, on Monday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

In front are gogos Bonelwa Qwesha, and Nikiwe Masinda. At the back are Silulami Nkqeze, Nandi Dlamini, an assistant manager and Nokonga Matiwane, facility manager and Victor Guga. Fezeka Tsotsa, the acting deputy principal and learners from Litha Primary School, during the visit at Ikhaya Loxolo Old Age Home, in Gugulethu, on Monday. PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Ikhaya Loxolo senoir citizens in Gugulethu received the gifts of life on Monday as learners and teachers from iLitha Primary school brought them groceries.

Formerly known as Ekuphumuleni Old Age Home, the presents were donated as part of the Mandela Month celebrations.

Fezeka Tsotsa, acting deputy principal, said their aim was to treat the senior citizens in a special day and make them feel happy.

“We are very happy that we came here to put a smile on the faces of the senior citizens. We involved learners so that they will see how they (senior citizens) lived here and also to see the need to show them love.

They are clearly so happy for what we brought them. We also want to thank the parents for their contributions towards the donation,” Tsotsa said.

Bonelwa Qwesha, a resident at the home, was full of praise for the donation.

“We feel very good. They made us happy. The grocery that they brought here is very nice. I am sure that they are happy too for what they did for us,” Qwesha said.

Nokonga Matiwane, the facility manager at the home, said the donation could not have come at a good time as the centre was struggling with funds.

“We have a very limited budget.

So we will now be able to use the money that we were going to use in buying the grocery instead on fixing the things that are broken in the centre.

We are very happy and encouraged to see a school coming here to make elders happy, especially as it involves young children.

Old age homes mostly come last in most people’s minds, so we are happy to see some members from the community putting us first in their minds and their budgets,” Matiwane said.

Matiwane said the geyser and other appliances are broken down and they still need to be fixed.

She said they depended on a subsidy from the Department of Social Development and some contributions from the pensioners.

Matiwane invited other senior citizens to feel free to come and join the centre.

She said the problems that were known in the centre are now the thing of the past and that the centre has a new administration now.

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