Senior citizens' parliament to give elderly a voice

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Nelspruit - A senior citizens' parliament will be held in Mpumalanga on Friday to encourage the elderly to be part of the governance process.

More than 200 elderly people are expected to participate in the sitting at the provincial legislature.

"The parliament will discuss the role of senior citizens in entrenching democratic values in society," said senior manager for public affairs at the legislature, Nosisa Sogayise, on Thursday.

She said participants would discuss the challenges of service delivery bottle necks in municipalities.

They will also discuss the support they get through social security networks, particularly because many elderly are forced to look after grandchildren whose parents have died of HIV of AIDS.

The participants will be given a chance to ask MECs questions.

Of the 3.1 million people living in Mpumalanga, an estimated 200 000 are older than 60, according to the most recent census by Statistics South Africa.

The theme for the event will be "Working together to intensify oversight to foster service delivery to our people".