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South Africa: Minister Dlamini Calls on all South Africans to Observe National Older Persons Week
Source: Issued by: Department of Social Development
Source Date: Friday, October 04, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 04, 2013

“The commemoration of the National Older Persons Week for the first time this year is, indeed, a welcome initiative. We South Africans have the collective responsibility to establish and sustain a caring society for all the vulnerable sections of our society, including our senior citizens. I therefore call on all our people to join us in this initiative by showing gratitude and respect to our senior citizens and by building a humane society in which our senior citizens can enjoy a life of dignity. Our cultures and values of Ubuntu enjoin us to respect and be of service to our elders," Minister Dlamini added.
The Global AgeWatch Index Report released on 30 September ranks South Africa second in Africa, behind Mauritius, on programmes implemented to secure the wellbeing of older persons. The Global AgeWatch Index is a global study conducted by the United Nations (UN) and an elder rights group, the Help Age.
The National Older Persons Week was officially launched by His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma on Sunday, 29 September 2013. The main aim of this national initiative is to promote respect of, and the promotion of the rights of older persons.
To commemorate the National Older Persons Week under the theme: “Building a caring society for All Ages”, Minister Dlamini will on Friday, 4 October 2013 host a Ministerial Luncheon with older persons in Pietermaritzburg, Msunduzi Municipality.
The details are as follows:
Date: Friday, 4 October 2013
Time: 12h00-15h00
Venue: Dales Park, Mayors Walk-Pietermaritzburg (KwaZulu-Natal province)
The national celebration of Grandparents Day which takes place on the first Sunday of October each year, will take place on 6 October 2013 in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga province. Minister Dlamini will join older persons and members of the community to mark the day.
The details are as follows:
Date: Sunday, 6 October 2013
Time: 10h00
Venue: Mandla Magudulela Stadium, Thandukukhanya Township-Piet Retief.
Since 1994, government has taken a number of pro-active steps to safeguard the interest of the rights of older persons. The enactment of the Older Persons Act (Act No 13 of 2006) was a very positive step in the right direction. The Act aims to maintain and protect the status, wellbeing, safety and rights of older persons. It also aims to promote their integration in the community by creating an enabling environment and promoting participation in activities with people of other ages and cultures.
Government has also made concerted efforts to ensure that older persons enjoy a better life. Currently 2 905 037 million older persons receive the Old Age Grant from government’s social assistance programme while a further 531 receive the War Veterans Grant.
Members of the media are invited to cover the aforementioned events.
For RSVP contact:
Jaconia Kobue: 082 313 4673
Vukani Mbele: 083 307 8964 (KwaZulu-Natal province)
Vusi Ndlovu 0723533852 (Mpumalanga province)
Lumka Oliphant
Cell: 083 484 8067
E-mail: lumkao@dsd.gov.za
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