HAPPY DAY: Anna Chauke, 102 years old, is overcome by emotion as she receives a gift from Mayor Mondli Gungubele and MMC for community safety Mthuthuzeni Siboza.
Hundreds of elderly citizens of Ekurhuleni gathered at the Germiston civic centre to enjoy lunch with their mayor yesterday.
The lunch, which was part of Christmas celebrations, was attended by 600 senior citizens from all parts of Ekurhuleni.
Mayor Mondli Gungubele said it was important to take care of the elderly people.
“We need to take care and appreciate our elderly people while they are still alive,” he said.
Gungubele said young people should learn from the elderly and that senior citizens must share their wisdom with the youth.
“You must be willing to teach them on how they should conduct themselves so that they can live longer like you.
“You must also advise them on how they should carry themselves since they are faced with issues such as HIV, drugs and crime,” he said.
Gungubele committed the municipality to similar events every year for the duration of his tenure as mayor. He said elderly people in the municipality were already recognised as indigent, which meant they received free services and they were willing to help on other issues.
He encouraged senior citizens to eat healthy and also visit the primary healthcare facilities to collect medication.
Lesenyo Motaung, 78, from Daveyton said he was very happy to attend the event.
“I belong to the senior citizen’s choir of Daveyton. It is great for us to showcase our talent here,” he said.
Motaung said the event also showed that government had not forgotten them. Sibongile Ndaba, 80, from Katlehong, said the day was special and she was enjoying herself.
Ndaba said the party also gave her an opportunity to meet with other senior citizens she had not seen for many years.
As part of the event the senior citizens who were entertained with music were given food parcels that included fresh vegetables, to promote a healthy lifestyle.