Masiphumelele’s Lydia helps others

2019-10-08 06:00
Thabisa Manyase and Lydia Nogaga run the seniors’ club in Masiphumelele. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Thabisa Manyase and Lydia Nogaga run the seniors’ club in Masiphumelele. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Lydia Nogaga, a 76-year-old resident from Masiphumelele has been nominated for a Community Champions Elders Award by the subcouncil 19 chair, Patricia Francke.

She is one of the top three finalists in the 70 to 80 years category of the awards presented by the People’s Post, TygerBurger and City Vision newspapers, in partnership with Spec-Savers.

Lydia, who previously worked with children, has been running a club called Yizani Sibonisane Seniors’ Club since 2015. The club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 to 14:00.

“I found out that the old people are left alone at home. Their children are working and some of them can’t do much.

“To sit at home doing nothing – or to be left with children – is no good for them,” she says, adding that she had another seniors’ club previously but could not continue due to lack of support.

The club has about 52 elders, including those with physical and mental challenges, who take part in the activities planned by Lydia and Thabisa Manyase, who began assisting her after the club had begun.

Thabisa says: “I make the food, ask for donations, and make a plan for funding.

“Lydia started before me, and after I left my job at Pick n Pay, I just wanted to do something that’s worth it and feels like I’m doing something different.”

She says it is fulfilling to do the work she does, to cater to the sometimes forgotten members of the community.

The club receives donations from Pick n Pay, Food Lover’s Market and Checkers Muizenberg; and they are in the process applying for funding with the department of social development, “but it’s very difficult,” says Thabisa.

Lydia says the club is important because it keeps the minds and bodies of the seniors active.

Francke, who believes Lydia is deserving of the recognition, wrote in her nomination:

“Lydia assists the elderly by getting their medication, taking it to their homes and supplying them with their necessary needs. She loves what she’s doing for the community and always strives to do more where she can.”

The club needs wool, pots and donations for petrol to pick up and drop off seniors on each day that the club meets.

  • To donate or for more information call Thabisa on 076 871 2511 or email The winners of the awards will be announced at a morning tea on Saturday 12 October in Cape Town. Winners and runners-up will walk away with Shoprite vouchers and other prizes sponsored by TygerBurger, People’s Post, City Vision and Spec-Savers


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