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A crucial milestone has been marked at Motse O Moholo Home of the Elderly and vulnerable children when Harmony mine through its cooperate Social Investment(CSI) arm, recently donated “much needed” beds, mattresses and food parcels. This took place at the home residence at Snake Park in Soweto.
The home of the elderly and vulnerable children has become a becon of hope for elderly patients who can’t look after themselves.
Harmony Gold mine head of corperate Social Investment(CSI), Mahadi letsoisa, described the event as part of giving back to the community. Explaining how the event materialized, Letsoisa, mentioned that, “after receiving their application two months back, I visited the center to assess the situation, hence this gesture today”. She added that it’s important for people to provide care for senior citizens and ensure that they remain safe and well looked after during their twilight years. Harmony has been involved in the area of socio-economic development throughout its stages of growth. Some of the areas that the company will continue to invest in include health promotion, job creation and the elimination or eradication of poverty, as well as community safety.
Shedding tears of joy, Nkele Manka, director and founder of the center, stated that they depend more on donations and its a daily struggle for them to make ends meet as they are not funded by the government. “Thanks to Harmony, this much needed donations will go a long way in improving the livelihoods of senior citizens”, added Manka. The centre has been running for more than 5 years now and currently has more than 20 patients. Motse o moholo old age started as a feeding scheme, but after a year people asked whether she could accommodate and care for the elderly.
The delegation led by Harmony Doornkop mine General Manager, Seromo Mofokeng, also used the opportunity to interact with senior citizens and took notes of the challenges that they face as caregivers had so much to tell them. For her part, Dobsonville police station Warrant Officer, Lerato Thoka, described the gesture as an expression of gratitude towards the elders for their role in the community. Also in attendance for the memorable occasion were Harmony mine Human Resources officer, Patricia Magwa, JMPD officials, social workers as well as SAPS crime prevention desk representatives.
Thapelo Magola Soweto Sunrise News