Gobabis marks Day of the Elderly

01 Oct 2014 18:00pm
GOBABIS, 01 OCT (NAMPA) - Elderly citizens in Gobabis have raised concern about the high water and electricity bills they are often slapped with by the municipality, and want such debts written off.
The elderly complained that since most of them are unemployed, they are unable to fully settle the high bills which usually accumulate interest each month.
They also appealed on Government to seriously consider increasing their monthly pensions with a significant amount.
The remarks formed part of the celebration of the International Day of the Elderly held on Wednesday.
Speaking on behalf of the group of elderly, Frederick Keiser said most of them live in abject poverty, mainly due to an insufficient pension allowance granted to them.
“We are grateful that our government has realised the importance of giving us a social grant each month. However, this is too little for us to survive on as the prices of commodities have increased drastically to such an extent that we are unable to cope anymore,” he said.
The pension grant is N.dollars 600.
Caritas Madi, a student social worker with the Ministry of Health and Social Services, pleaded with the elderly to guard against the misuse of their pension grants, especially by their grandchildren.
“Many a times we find that our grandchildren are the ones that abuse our pension by using it unwisely. Let us not give our pensions to people we trust, as you will be the one to suffer in the end,” she said.
Madi used the platform to call on young people to follow the exemplary lives of their grandparents, in order to live a prosperous and fulfilling life.
The day started with a street march through the main street of Gobabis by the elderly.
The celebration was held in conjunction with the Nossobville Welfare Organisation under the theme “Leaving no one behind - promoting a healthy society for all”.