EASTERN CAPE CELEBRATES INTERNATIONAL DAY OF OLDER PERSONS IN KAREEDOUW IN THE KOUKAMMA LOCAL MUNICIPALITY
After an alarming increase in the number of abuse cases and killing of elderly people across the province – some being accused of witchcraft, the Eastern Cape government has devised strategies to dispel the myth around older persons. Subsequently, the small town of Kareedouw in the Eastern Cape was abuzz on Friday, 14 October 2016 with music play, poetry, fashion, and general arts and culture activities when the Province celebrated the International Day of Older Persons. The day is aimed at celebrating the contribution of older persons in society and raise awareness against discrimination, poverty, violence and abuse.
The MEC’s for Health and Social Development, Dr Phumza Dyantyi and Nancy Sihlwayi and Mayor of Koukamma Municipality Sam Vuso respectively, were among the keynote speakers. Commenting on the importance of the day, Dr Dyantyi said: “Older persons are a hub of wisdom from which we tap into their knowledge, experience, values and norms on which we base the moral fibre of our society and compass for our direction to a better life for all in our Province. Our Provincial Government values their contribution and therefore older persons deserve our care, love and attention to their needs.”
The International Day of Older Persons was introduced by the United Nations General Assembly in 1990 and was observed for the first time on 1st October 1991. The Eastern Cape Provincial Government has chosen 14 October for its Provincial event. Last year the event was held at a Centre for the Elderly in Centane and was characterized by presentations on, inter alia, The Right to Food, Making Agriculture Work for Older Persons, and Creating a Sustainable Community Food Garden for the elderly.