The Deputy Speaker, Ms Juanita Beukes commemorated Mandela Day in the Hantam municipal area. This area is also the Constituency Office of the Deputy Speaker which spans Loeriesfontein, Niewoudtville, Brandvlei and Calvinia as major towns.
The Deputy Speaker identified Loeriesfontein and Calvinia as areas to have special commemorative activities. These included:
1. Loeriesfontein Older Persons Club – 13 July 2017
The Deputy Speaker had a High Tea with the Older persons Club of Loeriesfontein. The event was addressed by the Mayor of the Hantam Municipality, Cllr Rodger Swartz, with the Deputy Speaker delivering a keynote address. The address focused on the role of the Older person’s in society towards ensuring we address social ills.
The Deputy Speaker donated vegetables for the club as well as financial assistance.
2. Calvinia “Dienssentrum” – 13 July 2017
The centre provide a safe haven for older persons. The message of the Older Persons in society was re-emphasised. The protection of older persons from abuse especially loan sharks were also raised. SASSA also send a representative to give guidance to older persons regarding their pension cards
The Deputy Speaker donated vegetables and meat to the centre to prepare a meal but also to have sufficient supply for some days.
3. “Sonstraaltjies dag en nasorg” Centre (Calvinia) – 14 July 2017
The centre has been operational for about 2 years and more than 20 children attended.
The event was seen as both a celebration of Mandela day and OR Tambo Friday’s .The Deputy Speaker handed over educational toys and donated vegetables to the centre.
4. Handing over of clothes to needy – 13 July 2017
The Deputy Speaker also handed over clothes to children whose parent passed away 2016. The children are residing with their grandmother (a pensioner) centre has been operational for about 2 years and more than 20 children attended.