City meets the elderly

2019-11-19 06:01
Seniors talking about issues affecting them.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

Seniors talking about issues affecting them.PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Sea Point civic centre was a hive of activity on Wednesday 13 November as about 300 seniors gathered during an outreach by mayor Dan Plato.

The event was open to different communities with some seniors transported to the venue in three buses and minibuses.

The seniors from Bo-Kaap, Bothasig, District Six, Strand, Ravensmead and Bonteheuwel enjoyed meals, live performances and played games.

They were given safety tips and told about services available to them.

Key speakers included Plato, ward councillors Dave Bryant and Nicola Jowell, Sea Point police spokesperson Capt Elizabeth Munro and Lisle Lombard, from the City’s social development department.

Plato warned the elderly to be cautious and seek help should they feel threatened.

He explained the rebate, which varies between 30% to 80% which they could apply for at City offices.

He says though the City offers free basic services for seniors, those who receive a monthly income of more than R3500 are charged.

“We do not put our hands in the cookie jar like other municipalities because we respect the people,” says Plato.

Lombard explained services her department offered, including family strengthening, arts and crafts and programmes in informal settlements.

Munro shared safety tips, saying “seniors are close to our hearts.”

We have not experienced any violence or traumatic crime against our senior citizens,” “she said.


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