Pension relief for elderly expected
At the donation of food and clothes to the elderly of the Katutura Old Age Home a fortnight ago, Deputy Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Hon. Priscila Boois, announced to the elders present that they can expect a relief increase next year on top of their current pension. The deputy minister indicated that the meagre pension money is not enough as elders are the ones that take care of the grandchildren while the youth migrate for greener pastures in the Cities.
She urged the youth to take care of the elders and a simple contribution may go along way in extending the longevity and well-being of our pensioners.
Governor Laura McLeod Katjirua who was also present urged the youth to take responsibility in caring for the elders.
The governor said that the elders in our communities are like libraries, as they have wisdom and knowledge which the youth and leadership can still tap from in order to better develop our nation.
His Worship the Mayor, Muesee Kazapua, thanked Mind the Gap Ministry Church for its generous donation and emphasised that churches did play a crucial role during the liberation of the county and called upon churches to do so again while fighting the war of poverty eradication. He further urged churches to play a key role in curbing moral decay and crime prevention.
Also at the same occasion City of Windhoek Councillor, John Moonde, stressed that the City of Windhoek is not mandated by the Local Authority Act to manage old age homes, but however the City does this anyhow in order to ensure that its senior citizens are living in a dignified and humane condition.
The donation of food consisted of grocery items and also some clothing that were donated by Mind the Gap Ministries, with also some additional food items that were donated by the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare.