Serving poorest of poor

OLD IS GOLD: Dressed to the nines, these senior citizens who may have been homeless, have found a place to call home and find love - Phuthaditjaba-Qoqizizwe in Alexandra. 19/11/08. © Sowetan.
OLD IS GOLD: Dressed to the nines, these senior citizens who may have been homeless, have found a place to call home and find love - Phuthaditjaba-Qoqizizwe in Alexandra. 19/11/08. © Sowetan.

Nthabisang Moreosele

Nthabisang Moreosele

Phuthaditjaba-Qoqizizwe care of the aged home is a growing organisation that looks after pensioners in Alexandra township.

Director Linda Twala says the centre was founded in 1967 when he helped to bury a destitute old woman. That was the beginning of his ministry to God's underprivileged people.

Twala has won several humanitarian awards for his compassion. He was the Sowetan Nation Building Community Builder of the Year in 1999.

He looks after the aged and widows, the jobless, orphans and HIV-Aids affected and infected people.

Phuthaditjaba-Qoqizizwe has a home-based care and visit programme that is run by young volunteers called the Lions and the Leopard.

The clinic Twala built in 16th Avenue at the centre treats at least 15000 patients a year.

Mama Angel donated groceries for the lunch club and soup kitchen at the centre.

"We are serving the poorest of the poor. South Africa has produced many leaders such as former president Nelson Mandela and Nthato Motlana, but it seems that the people here in Alex have been forgotten," Twala said.

"We thank Sowetan for this magnificent gift and are grateful that you have not forgotten us."

Twala said they were planning to build a centre that would have a computer room and a gym.

"We want to entice children and youth away from loitering in the streets and to equip them with skills," Twala said.

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