Food hampers for senior citizens

Amos Masete (78) receives his food hamper from Musina Chief Whip Cllr Fistos Mafela, Headman Mikosi Nefolovhodwe, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, Hendrik Matjila from De Beers Venetia Mine and the Speaker of Musina Municipality, Cllr Gilbert Netshisaulu. Amos Masete (78) receives his food hamper from Musina Chief Whip Cllr Fistos Mafela, Headman Mikosi Nefolovhodwe, Mayor Mihloti Muhlope, Hendrik Matjila from De Beers Venetia Mine and the Speaker of Musina Municipality, Cllr Gilbert Netshisaulu.

Amos Masete is a 78-year-old pensioner who stays at Bale village under Musina Municipality. He is one of the 200 senior citizens whose 2018 Christmas came earlier than anticipated. This is simply because they recently received food hampers from De Beers Venetia Mine and Musina Municipality at Malale community hall.

“When I arrived here from my village, I thought I would receive an ordinary food hamper but I was surprised and happy at same time when I realized that the hampers were fully packed. Among others, the hamper included maize meal, cooking oil, canned beans, rice, sugar, soup, salt and canned fish. This supply is enough to keep me and my family for some time. I really thank the sponsors for coming to my rescue during this difficult times.” Said Masete happily.

When handing over the food hampers, Musina Mayor, Cllr Mihloti Muhlope said it is important to take care of senior citizens because they are valuable to the community. “Senior citizens are our source of knowledge and we should always make sure that they are happy at all times. A community that does not value the elders is like a house that does not have a foundation. Senior citizens have played a very important role towards the development of our lives. Some worked in the fields to make sure that their children go to school in order to have a bright future.”

She urged community members to report any form of abuse directed to the elders. “We are aware of incidents where social grants of the elders are misused by their dependants. Some elders are physically abused and we cannot allow this to continue. The sooner we all report these incidents, the sooner the perpetrators are brought to book.”

Hendrik Matjila from De Beers Venetia Mine said it is always important for them to partner with Musina Municipality to improve the lives of the local people. “We have done a lot to help the local communities as guided by our social labour plans. We will continue to do so because we have the responsibility of ploughing back to the communities we serve.”

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