MARULANENG – Sekhukhune District Municipality closed off elderly person’s month celebrations through an event held at Mohlakamotala Old Age Centre in Marulaneng village, Jane Furse.
The district’s older person’s day was celebrated under the theme: “The year of Nelson Mandela and Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu: renewal Unity and Jobs in moving South Africa Forward”.
International Day of Older Persons is celebrated annually on the month of October as a resolution 54/106 passed by the United Nations General Assembly on 14 December 1990.
The celebrations this year took place internationally under the theme: “Celebrating Older Human Rights Champions.”
According to the district municipality this year’s celebration of Older Persons Day comes at the time when it is heavily involved in Batho Pele Campaign.
Speaking on behalf of Sekhukhune District Municipality Executive Mayor, Stan Ramaila, who could not attend the celebration due to other work commitments, Yvonne Mmakola, Member of the Mayoral Committee for special projects, said the district commemorated the day as part of a national older person’s week and social development month, October.
Mmakola stressed that it ought to be noted that at present, women outnumbered men by an estimated 66 million among those aged 60 years and over.
Mmakola added that among those aged 80 years and older, women were nearly twice numerous as men, and among centenarians, women were between four and five times as numerous as men. For the first time in human history, in the year 2050, there will be more persons over 60 years of age than children in the world.
“The increase in the number of older people will be the greatest and most rapid in the developing world, with Africa facing the largest proportional growth and as Sekhukhune district we are also counted in the growth,” said Mmakola.
She reiterated that as a community they were blessed and fortunate to have older persons living amongst them.
“In our African culture, elders are people who are not discarded but celebrated for the wisdom and knowledge they posses, which is passed on down from one generation to the other. Our elders are filled with wisdom and valuable life skills that can be used to benefit us. It is important to acknowledge our senior citizens and the contributions that they make in our society,” said Mmakola.
Mohlakamotala Old Age Centre gets funding and accommodates around 60 elders in Marulaneng village. The centre opens from Mondays to Wednesdays.