THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) has officially reopened the Adcock Old Age Home in Korsten following extensive renovations worth R1.5 million. The refurbishments which began in November last year and continued until March this year included plumbing, fixing and painting the building and ceiling, and replacing the doors and burglar bars. NMBM Executive Mayor Athol Trollip explained that the programme is targeted at protecting the dignity of the elderly citizens through integrated and sustainable human settlements. Speaking at the opening the mayor said, “In the past there was a lot of controversy around the management of these old age homes – complaints regarding the maintenance of the homes and people paying for services they weren’t getting.“The state of this home before the renovations took place is a testimony to neglect, maladministration and mismanagement which we hope will end today.”He added that in as much as they are pleased with the work done, there is still room for improvement. “The elders would still like some other things such as recreational facilities and vegetable gardens. We will make sure that we budget so that there is dignified living space for our aged because these are the people who have sacrificed their whole lives not only to give birth to us and educate grandchildren, but they have given so much to this country, therefore, we need to take care of them,” Trollip said.Speaking to Express, Agnus Bulani-Williams (67), a resident at Adcock, described the state of the home before the revamping.“It was horrific. I have been living here for the past eight years. This place used to be filled with cockroaches.”She added that they feared for their safety as the premises were not secured, “We now have peace of mind.” The mayor assured that the programme will continue to other old age homes. “This is ongoing work and if other old age homes were missed this year, then they will be put into next year’s budget.” He confirmed that currently work is being done at the Elizabeth Stuurman Old Age Home. “As soon as that work is completed we will go and hand it over as well.“My team has taken personal interest in making sure that every rand that we spend on upgrading these homes is going to have 100 cents worth of value in improving their lives. I’m happy that they will spend the money appropriately and that whatever upgrades they do will bring dignity to the people who live there,” Trollip said.