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City donates wheelchairs and medical equipment to Gugulethu residents in need<p>Today I visited Gugulethu where, along with councillors Luvuyo Zondani and Noluthando Makasi, we handed over 10 wheelchairs, 20 walkers and 10 commodes to residents in need. The beneficiaries included senior citizens and residents with disabilities, many of whom are bedridden because they do not have wheelchairs or any other mobility aids.</p><p>One of the beneficiaries, Dideka Mangena, was diagnosed with cerebrovascular disease and has been bedridden for months without access to this medical equipment.</p><p>Another beneficiary had her leg amputated and had great difficulty using her old wheelchair and struggles to use ablution facilities. </p><span><div class="image-gallery-slider img-gal-1" id="img-gal-1" data-slides="3" data-slide="1" style="height:493.5px;"><div class="image-gallery-content" style="height:414px;">​​​​ <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-1"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/wheelchair%20donation1.jpg" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>  Residents with disabilities can still have mobility to go about their daily lives</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-2"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/wheelchair%20donation%203.jpg" alt="" style="width:948px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p>  Residents with disabilities can still have mobility to go about their daily lives</p> </figcaption> </figure> <figure class="itemSlide slide-left slide-3"> <img class="responsive" src="http://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Centre/wheelchair%20donation%202.jpg" alt="" style="width:882px;" /> <figcaption class="image-slide-text" style="display:none;"> <p> Residents with disabilities can still have mobility to go about their daily lives</p> </figcaption> </figure> </div><div class="image-gallery-control"><div class="image-gallery-caption"><p> <a title="title" href="#"> <b>Aerial view of Cape Town</b></a> - Loren ipsum dolor sit amet loren ipsum dolor sit amet Loren ipsum dolor sit amet.</p></div><div class="image-gallery-nav"><div class="nav-info">1 of 3</div><div class="slide-next"> <i class="icon arrow-white-next"></i> </div><div class="slide-prev"> <i class="icon arrow-white-prev"></i>​</div></div></div></div>​​</span><p> </p><p>Donating this equipment today is in line with our IDP objectives of creating a caring and inclusive city by ensuring that residents with disabilities can still have mobility to go about their daily lives.</p><p>I understand that many of the residents face challenges of mobility and access to facilities. As the City of Cape Town, we would like to do our part to help our vulnerable residents to overcome impediments and our councillors are here to assist.</p><p>It was through his work with organizations providing care for senior citizens and a healthcare NGO in Ward 38 in Gugulethu that Councillor Luvuyo Zondani identified the beneficiaries.</p><p>The councillor has partnered with the SACLA Health Project, which provides care for sickly people and the elderly who are not able to wash themselves. They also visit patients at their homes and ensure that they take their medication on a daily basis.</p><p>This goes hand-in-hand with the City’s Social Development Department programmes which offer support services to assist vulnerable groups and senior citizens such as home-based care and recreational activities.</p><p>All of these combined efforts are making a positive impact in the lives of the vulnerable residents who are often forgotten and who do not always have access to tools to help them lead a normal life.</p><p>We have seen time and time again that when we empower vulnerable groups, they are able to make positive contributions in their communities.</p><p>I thank all the councillors and community groups for their hard work and passion for people with disabilities. Their commitment is to be commended and is of great value to the beneficiaries and the our collective efforts to build a caring city.</p><p>I also urged qualifying Gugulethu residents to take up the opportunity provided by the City’s indigent social package. </p><p>We have made available nearly R3 billion in the upcoming financial year to provide rates rebates and indigent relief to qualifying residents.</p><p>The indigent support package empowers vulnerable residents by helping them with municipal bills, debt arrangements and alleviating the financial burden in these tough economic times. In doing so we enable vulnerable residents to take care of the other needs of their loved ones.</p><p>There are many pensioners, single parents, unemployed and disabled residents who are struggling and the City understands the daily battle for many households to make ends meet.</p><p>By informing people of our social package, we are making sure that people know there is financial help available to them. This is a further demonstration of our commitment to being a responsive and caring city and making progress possible together with our residents.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><p>​</p>2018-06-06T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#ca20ab12-25df-4a8e-8a72-fc1113ee4a26;L0|#0ca20ab12-25df-4a8e-8a72-fc1113ee4a26|donations;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#0845f6d1-7efb-452f-a1bb-1ed4cad26874;L0|#00845f6d1-7efb-452f-a1bb-1ed4cad26874|wheelchair hand over;GP0|#426f33a2-4cf0-4de1-9b5b-d1e5123efbe4;L0|#0426f33a2-4cf0-4de1-9b5b-d1e5123efbe4|Gugulethu1

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