The elderly of Ward 14 came out in their numbers for a gathering on Naval Hill hosted by the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality and the Shoprite Group.
The gathering held near the statue of former president, Nelson Mandela, kicked off with a dance number done by a cultural group. They also welcomed Executive Mayor, Cllr Olly Mlamleli, with a song upon her arrival. Mlamleli could be seen donning bright red cultural attire as she walked in to join the festivities.
The Shoprite Group sponsored 159 track suites to the Thabure Club, which is a social group of the elderly people of Ward 14. Shoprite Group Free State and Northern Cape Divisional Manager, Stefan Gouws, was one of the distinguished guests at the event and presented the mayor with the track suites. The Shoprite Group’s soup truck was on hand to provide a meal to the elderly who gathered for the event.
Mayor Mlamleli shared a memory from her days as a school principal and had everyone in stitches. She shared some history with the women in the spirit of Women’s Month to remind them of how far they have come as women. She also highlighted the plight of the elderly and women in general, but also encouraged everyone to stay strong when faced with adversity. “We are what we are, because of you,” said Mlamleli to the audience to credit them for the work they do as parents and grandparents.
All the members of Thabure was in high spirits and gave a whole new meaning to the term “forever young” as they danced and sang. The event was an outing that the elderly of Ward 14 will never forget. – Molebogeng Malebo