Minister celebrates with elderly

2019-08-29 06:00
Deputy minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Makgotso Sotyu, handing over blankets and gardening tools to Ikhaya Loxolo Lase Gugulethu manager Nokongama Matiwane.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Deputy minister of environment, forestry and fisheries, Makgotso Sotyu, handing over blankets and gardening tools to Ikhaya Loxolo Lase Gugulethu manager Nokongama Matiwane.PHOTO: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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The elderly at Ikhaya Loxolo Lase Gugulethu old age home were all smiles when they received gifts on Friday 23 August.

Ikhaya Loxolo, previously known as Ekuphumleni, in NY 1 or Steve Biko Drive is a place for the elderly, frail and incapacitated but also offers accommodation to senior clubs from the area.

As part of their Mandela Month 67 minutes celebrations the deputy minister of the department of environment, forestry and fisheries Makgotso Sotyu donated blankets, gardening tools and provided the senior citizens with lunch.

The day’s celebrations started with Sotyu planting a tree at the old age home.

She said the programme started before the elections when her predecessor, Barbara Thomson, visited the home and promised to give them blankets.

“I’m here today to fulfil that promise by giving the elderly the 300 blankets, gardening tools and planting a tree for them,” she said.

She said it is also a way of showing the elderly that although they are in an old age home they are not forgotten.

Sotyu said the event was supposed to have taken place in July during Mandela Month but other engagements delayed it and they decided to hold it during Women’s Month.

She said after talking to centre management she heard the issues which they are faced with.

Sotyu said they will talk to other relevant departments to see where they can help.

She added that with each programme they offer in communities they monitor it, especially when government and public money is used. This is to see if it is used for what it is meant for.

Centre manager Nokongama Matiwane said they are very happy because it is a special day for them.

“The residents are enjoying themselves as you can see they are even dancing,” she said.

Matiwane said the budget they get is not enough for them to do everything.

She said they still need to do maintenance at the home and that they are in need of transport for the elderly and she appealed to anyone who can lend a hand to bail them out.

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