A Touws River resident became the oldest person in the Western Cape after she turned 115 years old on Monday, September 27. According to EWN the supercentenarian, Margaret Maritz was born in 1906 and resides in Touws River just outside Cape Town. She celebrated her birthday with residents of the AFM Touws River old age home and even received a special visit from the Minister for Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu.
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The minister said that the special birthday forms part of their October initiative where they will highlight the commitment to caring for the country’s most vulnerable, IOL reports.
“We have to show care and reach out to the frail care centres taking care of the elderly because they are an extension of the work that we have to do, being responsible for the wellbeing of our citizens,” Zulu was quoted as saying.
Social Development Month also commemorates Older Persons Week which honours the contributions of older persons and addresses the issues that specifically affect them.
Zulu further mentioned that there are still millions of South Africans from different communities suffering, however, the minister calls on role players, residents and the government to provide for the elderly in local communities.
The AFM old age home also took to social media to wish their eldest resident on her milestone saying: “May the year ahead be blessed and filled with the favour and goodness of God!”.
Picture: Facebook/AFM Welfare