A choir made of old people provided entertainment during the International Older Persons Day commemoration which was held at the Olive Convention Centre at the EThekwini Metro today.
KZN MEC for Social Development Mrs Nonhlanhla Khoza hosted the event which featured messages of encouragement and solidarity with the plight of old people who continue being victims of gender-based violence and abuse in their homes and communities they live in. SASSA officials promoted the Grant In Aid which is paid out to old people who need special care if they live outside old age homes. Royal Priesthood provided free body massage to old people.
The Departments of Health as well as Home Affairs rendered services. Other formations like Legal Aid also provided services. One of the highlights of the event was an 113-year-old lady, Ms Sizakele Gumede, who was showered with gifts to celebrate her long life on earth.
For many old people, the event was the first meaningful and enjoyable gathering with their peers and political authorities since March this year when the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown regulations were declared in order to curb the spread of the deadly Coronavirus.