Things are about to change for elderly people who are currently spending their days in a container which is used for day care in Ndlovini township.
Ndlambe municipal officials together with the director of Human Settlements in the Sarah Baartman Region, Mpho Ndoni officially turned the soil at a plot set aside for an old age home at Thornhill, just behind Titi Jonas community centre.
Ndoni said the project, which is being developed and funded by human settlements, was just around the corner.
“It’s the middle of October now. I believe the project will start early November”.
She said R3.3-million had been allocated for the project.
Ward 6 Councillor Mkhululi Raco said they were trying to make a place of comfort and love. “You know from an African culture when you place parents in an old age home it feels like [you’re] neglecting them but with the new day there will be warmth, care and love,” he said.
He said the appalling conditions that many elderly people have been living in were not good. “Remember for the past ten years these old people have been living in that container,” he said.
He described the new building as a more formal day care arrangement.
Infrastructure portfolio councillor Thembani Mazana said Sassa, the Department of Health and Social Development would be involved.
He further mentioned that the day care would make life easier for old people since they will not have to go to the clinics or hospital for medical needs, but will rather be attended to at the day care.
However, Mazana said the community was not aware of the project. “We are still going introduce the project to the community and it is where will discuss maintenance,” he said.
Ndlambe spokesman Cecil Mbolekwa confirmed their role as the municipality.
“Once the structure is finished it’s going to be handed over to the municipality by the Department of Human Settlements. Our role will be the security of the property, maintenance of the property, and we also have to make sure that the property is occupied,” he said.