"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
"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
"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
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.
Issued on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Media Management Officer Kupido Baron (082 780 2726 / 041 506 1500 / email@example.com / @kupidobaron).