“Report any abuse to the relevant authorities…”

Seated from left to right: Senior citizens Robert Mocheke, T.M. Gundane and Mayor Mihloti Muhlope. Standing are: George Molea, Evelyn Mopai, Joseph Salani, Evangelist Mabore Ravhuhali and Dudu Makhubele. They were captured shortly after the meeting with the MayorSeated from left to right: Senior citizens Robert Mocheke, T.M. Gundane and Mayor Mihloti Muhlope. Standing are: George Molea, Evelyn Mopai, Joseph Salani, Evangelist Mabore Ravhuhali and Dudu Makhubele. They were captured shortly after the meeting with the Mayor

The Mayor of Musina Municipality, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope says senior citizens play a very significant role in the social life of our society because they have an immense ocean of life experience. Muhlope was addressing representatives of Musina Senior Citizens Forum who met her at the municipality’s Council Chambers.  She said: “Elderly does not mean grey hairs, stiff joints and slurred speech. The nation and society need their guidance for a strategic and stronger future. They can actively participate in administration though indirectly commenting on government policies and suggest amendatory measures.”

Muhlope said she is very proud of the local elders who have shaken the wreckage of age to become masters of their destiny. “It is very difficult these days where age takes a back seat when elders set an inspirational example that they can still contribute more to the development of our community. They are playing a significant role in making the youth understand the cultural values and help them to live up to our traditions. Indeed, they are the custodians of our rich cultural heritage.”

She said the simple things that elders do in our families are very important in life. “Bringing up children, babysitting to storytelling, cooking and feeding kids provide a unique kind of love and instill the sense of love which is a strong foundation of culture and social fabric. That is why we view social security, food security programmes and healthy living for the aged as top of government's agenda.”

She encourages elders to report any form of abuse to the relevant authorities. “In some instances, elders are often seen as surplus and are treated in an impolite and abusive way by certain sections of our society. This can never be tolerated and we warm those who are engaged in those activities to refrain as a matter of urgency.”

One of the senior citizens who attended the meeting is Evangelist Mabore Ravhuhali who said: “Growing old, is good and pleasant thing. Only positive outlook is the key to happy life in old age. We are happy that through this meeting, we have come up with programmes that will make us busy for the rest of the year. We thank the Mayor for putting everything aside to be with us today.”

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