The rain did not stop over 1200 older persons from Alexandra from joining Premier David Makhura during a festive season luncheon held in their honour on Tuesday, 9 December 2019 at Kwa-Bhekilanga Sports Complex, North of Johannesburg.
Premier Makhura said the luncheon was about celebrating the meaningful rolethe elderly play in the younger generations’ lives, their selfless giving to families, and the community at large.
“This is to appreciate you as the pillars of the society. The communities are standing because of you. You are the cornerstone of our civilisation.
“No self-respecting nation can neglect the elderly, you are the custodians of knowledge and you fought for the freedom that we are enjoying today,” said Makhura.
The elderly were gifted with blankets and there was a handing over of title deeds to residents in the area.
“I do not want old people to die waiting for their houses and title deeds, they must get their houses and title deeds so that they die happy people”, he added.
Also, in attendance at the luncheon was the Acting MEC for Social Development, Panyaza Lesufi who said a nation that did not protect or defend its elderly was doomed.
“Handing over the title deeds is our move to restore the dignity of our elderly”, said Lesufi.
Source: Gauteng Province