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President Jacob Zuma launches Social Development Month and celebrate International Day of Older Persons

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President Jacob Zuma launches Social Development Month and celebrate International Day of Older Persons

29th September 2017

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President Jacob Zuma will on Sunday, 01 October 2017, launch Social Development Month and celebrate the International Day of Older Persons, which is observed on 01 October across the world, with senior citizens of the Noma Day Care Centre in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria.

The date of October 01st , has been set aside by the United Nations (UN) as the International Day for Older Persons. This year it is commemorated under the theme, “Stepping into the future: tapping the talents, contributions and participation of older persons in society.” In addition the first Sunday in October is celebrated as Grandparents Day.

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President Zuma will, amongst other things, use the celebration to promote awareness about services to older persons and remind South Africans to respect and uphold the dignity of all senior citizens in the country.

This event will also be the official launch of the Social Development Month campaign which takes place during the month of October, which is aimed at promoting developmental welfare and social security services as well as care and support for children, older persons and people with disability.

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The event will take place as follows:

Date:              Sunday, 01 October 2017
Time:             14h00
Venue:           Noma Day Care Centre, Zone 4, Ga-Rankuwa, Gauteng

Members of the media are requested to send their details to Mr Jaconia Kobue on 063 249 5120 or jaconiak@dsd.gov.za  and Justice Malapane on 079 4977 426 or justiced@dsd.gov.za

Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or bongani@presidency.gov.za

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