17 May 2017 17:00pm
RUNDU, 17 MAY (NAMPA) Chairperson of the National Pensioners Association of Namibia (NAPAN), Andrew Matjila has urged pensioners to find meaningful means of keeping themselves busy after retirement, and avoid squandering their pension in gambling houses.
Matjila, who was speaking at a post-retirement Wednesday meeting for the Government Institutions Pension Funds (GIPF), said retirement does not spell doom and gloom for retirees.
To retire does not mean to go and sit down and do nothing, he told senior citizens who gathered at the Roman Catholic Hall.
Instead, he said, retirement should be looked at as a change of regime, a re-orientation and a change of mind set, while for those religiously inclined it ought to be viewed as a re-examination of ones conscience.
Although retiring can be very trying for those who have been in employment for decades. There is enjoyment out there too that should make the great change from the humdrum life of office work, he said.
Matjila called on senior citizens to be involved in communities they live in especially in activities they enjoy doing.
Giving himself as an example, the 84-year old Matjila said he was a choir conductor of the Cathedral Church in Windhoek and did this because of his love for singing and music in general.
He urged other senior citizens to travel, particularly within the country and to towns they have never seen before.
Many of the senior citizens told him that they had not seen towns such as Oshakati, Keetmanshoop or Katima Mulilo.
Many had not seen State House or even parliament building.
A trip to Windhoek for the senior citizens will soon be planned, Matjila said.