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Society still far from perfect – Cllr Shirley Sauls

"Democracy has brought us many benefits, but our society is still far from perfect. We are concerned that the rights of our women, children and our elderly are not properly respected,” said Cllr Shirley Sauls, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Constituency Services, at a luncheon for the Northern Areas elderly today.

However, she intimated at the event that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality would like to see this sensitive matter addressed in its entirety.

"In this respect, the Municipality is adopting and reviewing policies that will enable people from all sectors of the community to access opportunities and assume their rightful place in all spheres of life.

"We want to ensure that the focus is placed on you and your welfare, as well as that of other vulnerable groupings, such as women and children.

"One thing must be said: old age is not for sissies. It is tough growing old. There is no handbook, no training for it. One has to learn as you go along.

"I hope that today’s activities and the entertainment we provide will make you feel very special, because you are very special: to have survived for 75, 80 years or 90 years in this world, requires endurance, a lot of common sense, making some good choices, a touch of good luck and, of course, many blessings from above,” Cllr Sauls said.

Held at the West End Community Hall in collaboration with the Northern Areas Older Persons Forum, senior citizens jumped at the opportunity to let their hair down with a few dance steps at the End of the Year luncheon held in their honour.

Speaker of Councillor, Cllr Johnathan Lawack, used the opportunity to remind the elderly, who are often responsible for the well-being of households to drive the importance of saving water.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is currently enforcing water restrictions and request residents to report water leaks and abuse at our 24 hour call centre at 0800 20 50 50.

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Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Media Management Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / kbaron@mandelametro.gov.za / @kupidobaron).

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