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A Voice for the Elderly
Source: BuaNews
Source Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 19, 2011

“She is also interested in assessing the experiences of older persons in relation to services such as old age grant, and innovative solutions to make sure that older persons are treated with dignity when accessing social grants at pay-point,” the department said in a statement.


This first-of-its-kind gathering comes at a time when there have been a number of incidences in residential care facilities that resulted in fatalities.


Speaking ahead of the gathering, Dlamini emphasised the importance of the elderly having access to the best residential care available -- whether in a general hospital, community-based facility or private nursing home -- and for them to be safe wherever they stay.


“The older population in this country has made an invaluable contribution to all aspects of the South African life. There is no doubt that our families and society as a whole benefit enormously from the presence and participation of those who have seen what life has to offer, particularly our senior citizens who lived through the hard years of apartheid,’’ Dlamini said.
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