Pampering the elderly

The elderly people of Lwandle were treated to traditional food on Heritage Day (Monday 24 September).PHOTO: velani ludidi
The elderly people of Lwandle were treated to traditional food on Heritage Day (Monday 24 September).PHOTO: velani ludidi

The elderly at Nceduluntu Centre for the Aged in Lwandle were reminded of the old good days during Heritage Day celebrations, when Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, Hector Peterson Memorial Library and the Western Cape government cooked traditional meals and drinks for them.

Some said they had not had famous traditional beer umqombothi in many years, and now had a chance to enjoy some on Monday.

Mzukisi Njabathwa, library manager said the purpose of the event was to make the elderly feel cared for.

“We seem to have forgotten about them yet we have so much to learn from them. We cooked for them and we listened to them while they told us historical stories,” said Njambathwa.

Eunice Ncendo (79) said she got a break from eating rice daily.

“My children fed me rice every day and I grew tired of it,” she said. “I ate food which I grew up eating. I do not remember when I last drank amarhewu, which I used to prepare for my parents back home.”

Beauty Kungwayo of the Western Cape Province’s Community Development Worker project said it is important to xherish the elders for the wisdom they had to offer subsequent generations.

“A nation that does not know its culture and traditions is doomed,” she said. “The digital age has taken over everything and we need to learn more about our culture by practising the old ways in the modern world.”

Nobandla Gugu said she felt special when people cooked for her.

“We sometimes here feel like we are forgotten, whenever people come to make us happy we really appreciate that and it brings joy to us.

“We will talk about this day for a long time because memories stay with us for a long time here,” she admitted.

The elderly were also given time to make beads and used wool to make clothing.

Local ward councillor Jongidumo Maxhwele was also part of the Heritage Day festivities.

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