MEDIA RELEASE
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
23/10/2017
 
Older Person’s Parliament Currently Taking Place in Durban
 
About 2000 elderly people from across the county are in the City to participate in the Older Person’s parliament.
 
The parliament, being held at the Durban Exhibition Centre, is part of the five-day Active Ageing Programme organised by the National Department of Social Development in partnership with the Provincial Government and eThekwini Municipality.
 
The Active Ageing Programme will take place from today, 23 to 27 October at various venues in the City. Lined-up activities include: the Older Persons Parliament on 23 October, the National Older Persons Choir Festival Competition on 24 October, South African Older Persons Forum (SAOPF) Annual General Meeting on 25 October, and the National Golden Games from 26-27 October.
 
Welcoming the seating, MEC for Social Development, Weziwe Thusi, said the Older Person's Parliament is an opportunity for government to listen and engage older people on their challenges. “The Province of KwaZulu Natal was honoured to host the Active Ageing Programme. The programme is aimed at identifying the challenges faced by older people in the country, on a daily basis. During this week awareness is also created around the programmes for older persons.”
 
MEC said all issues raised by Senior Citizens during the session will be referred to relevant departments so that they can be resolved.
 
Ends
 
Issued by the Head of Communications, Ms Tozi Mthethwa.
 
For more information contact Themba Khumalo on 031 311 4827 or email themba.khumalo @durban.gov.za.
 
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