Seniors treated to books, lunch

2017-11-30 06:01
Nomathamsanqa Dyonasi reading during the event, on Friday.PHOTOS: mBONGISENI maseko

Nomathamsanqa Dyonasi reading during the event, on Friday.PHOTOS: mBONGISENI maseko

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Lower Crossroads senior citizens were entertained during a luncheon which doubled up as a reading competition last Friday.

The event was jointly organised by Philippi East Library and Councillor Nelson Chitha of Ward 35.

Lawrence Mkentane, a senior librarian, said they decided to merge the events after learning that Chitha shared the same idea.

They were reading books written in IsiXhosa and English.

“We want to encourage elders to read. We usually host a competition for Grade 6 and 7 learners. So we thought it will be good if we organise one for them. Education is important for everyone.

The feedback we received from them was good and they complained that they are mostly excluded in things that happen in societies. We challenge other libraries to organise such competitions as well,” Mkentane said.

Nomathamsanqa Dyonasi, 63, said she was happy to have taken part in the reading competition.

“I usually read both IsiXhosa and English books. I even hire books from the library. It is a good thing to encourage people to read, because you get to learn about things that you did not know,” Dyonasi said.

Nofasikhesibone Dumezweni, 81, was also happy for attending the event.

“I feel very happy to be here, because they are entertaining us. It is my first time attending such event. I never went to school so I cannot read. I wish I went to school as well,” Dumezweni said.

Chitha said the lunch was one the events for senior citizens which are organised by Subcouncil 13 in different areas.

“We normally entertain them during these days of the year. We have lunch with them. Seeing them happy makes us happy too. Most of the times we as councillors do not get a chance to reach to them,” he said.


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