Senior citizens pampered on Mandela Day

AFTER living alone, in a dilapidated rondavel for a number of years, 94-year-old Ncamisile Cele, of Umzumbe was overwhelmed with joy when the MEC for Social Development, Weziwe Thusi, together with Ugu District Municipality Mayor, Mondli Chiliza handed over a new four-roomed house as part of Mandela Day celebration last Wednesday.

This new house was further furnished and connected with water. Over and above this, a generous donation of groceries was made, and a vegetable garden was planted in the yard.

“I feel like I have been reborn today. I will now live a life of comfort in my new home.

“My life has been made much easier and I am grateful to Tata Madiba for this life-changing experience,” said Cele.

Mayor Chiliza during the opening of the house said, it is important that senior citizens are well-taken care of and they do not feel lonely in a community where there are people.

“Senior citizens are the treasures of our country, through the sacrifices of many men and women who are senior citizens today, we are living a life of freedom. It is therefore the onus of the younger generations to reciprocate sacrifices by taking care of our senior citizens.”

This project was made a success by various stakeholders who made selfless contributions to ensure that Cele is given a warm, convenient and comfortable home.

After the handover, leadership proceeded to Shibase Sports Ground to continue with the Mandela Day celebrations together with the community, focusing on senior citizens. The older generation was given goodie bags, blankets, walking sticks and toiletries, among other gifts.

Addressing the community, MEC Thusi said Mandela Day is about making a positive difference in the lives of the less fortunate.

“Tata is smiling down on us for continuing his legacy and ensuring that on this day, we change people’s lives for the better,” said Thusi.