July 2021.

As winter arrives amidst the country’s third health pandemic wave, elderly citizens remain the most vulnerable. This is the impetus behind the ‘Elderly Care and Support Initiative’, which directly benefited 300 pensioners, living in Old Age Homes, in and around the Kimberley area, as well as various Community Service Centres in the communities of Roodepan, Greenpoint, Platfontein and Galeshewe.

Elderly Winter Care Packs, containing blankets as well as C-19 safe hand sanitizer and boxes containing 50 masks each, were distributed to pensioners by Matla A Bokone Solar.

“It was our intention to bring comfort to these elderly pensioners so that they know they are remembered, cared for and still recognized as valued community members and of society at large,” explained Nomzamo Landingwe, Chief Community Operations Officer for Matla A Bokone Solar, which has funded this as part of its Socio-Economic Development Programme.

The Elderly Care and Support Initiative sponsored the old age homes of Seochoareng Elderly House, Gaasca Old Age Home, and Resthaven Old Age Home. The initiative also benefitted pensioners that attend “Elderly Day Care” in the various Community Service Centres, in the Sol Plaatje municipal area.

Sister Linda, of Resthaven Old Age Home, explained the hardships brought on by winter each year and how the elderly are especially vulnerable to extreme cold. She added, “The blankets will most definitely serve their purpose of keeping our elderly warm and the face masks and sanitizers will also help us greatly while we continue to fight against C-19.”

As part of the ongoing Socio-Economic Development Strategy, Matla A Bokone Solar will continue to implement Goodwill Initiatives within the beneficiary communities that fall within the 50km radius of impact. Furthermore, this initiative benefited local suppliers, to further stimulate local SMME procurement.

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