Seniors workshop in parliament

2019-05-07 06:00
A jovial moment during the workshop for seniors, in parliament.

A jovial moment during the workshop for seniors, in parliament.

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Senior citizens of the Sunflower Seniors’ Club have gained a new perspective on how to follow certain procedures to interact with government.

This is after a day-long workshop in parliament last Thursday.

For the members, this is an experience they will forever cherish.

The club attended the workshop in parliament, which was facilitated by Irma De Lange, the public education outreach officer in parliament.

According to Lea Hendricks, who is the secretary of the club, they were taken on a mini tour of parliament.

After their tour they were workshopped on steps one can follow when they want to interact with government or maybe to lodge a complaint.

“We have a lot of problems in Mitchell’s Plain and sometimes we do not know how to report them, so we were told about the steps we can take to raise our concerns,” says Hendricks.

She says that while they were being fed delicious food, the difference between national and local government was explained to them; something she says helps because sometimes an issue needs national attention and some local attention.

Their club was started more than four years ago and it consists of more than 24 men and women, and their intention is to give seniors an opportunity to socialise. They also seek to give each other an opportunity to share experiences and maybe find solutions together.

Part of the men and women who had the privilege to go to parliament was Margaret Hartzenbergm chairperson of the club.

She says that they have managed to come this far despite all the challenges they came across. “We started out as 30 people and we lost five of our members – they passed on,” she laments.

She says that she had a great time in parliament even though it was not her first time there.

It was, however, the first time for some of the club’s members.

She labels the trip as a visit that helped them to get a view of parliament from a different angle.

“They told us about the constitution and a lot of other things that they do, I enjoyed it very much,” she boasts.

Besides their planned, upcoming trip to Kirstenbosch Gardens, they are planning on hosting a Mother’s Day event this month.

The event will seek to give them an opportunity to lay back, let their hair down and enjoy the company of others.

Hartzenberg mentions the fact that a great percentage of them live with grandchildren who give them headaches and a club of this sort helps them to regroup.


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