Executive Mayor of Bojanala Platinum District Municipality
Executive Mayor of Rustenburg Local Municipality
Members of Mayoral Committees from various municipalities
Officials from various government departments
Members of the Media
Bagolo ba rona, Batsaya-karolo ba metshameko ya Golden Games
Baagi ba Porofense ya Batho ya Bokone Bophirima
Ke itumelela tshono e ya go nna karolo ya pulo semmuso ya metshameko ya bagolo ya ngwaga wa 2017 e e itsegeng thata jaaka Golden Games.
These games were first launched in Eastern Cape in 2009 and have, to this very day continued to attract older persons across all the provinces.
It is for these games that our senior citizens from all district municipalities have converged, here, in Rustenburg Local Municipality to showcase their sporting skills in various codes which include athletics, soccer and many others.
The main objectives of the Golden Games are, to enhance the quality of life, improve the health of older persons and to embrace active ageing. These games further creates awareness of the abilities of older persons in sport and recreational activities.
We aim to support and increase the number of older persons participating in sport and recreational activities across the length and breadth of the province.
Metshameko e ya bagolo e tsweletsa meono le mananeo a puso ya Botlhano ya Bokone Bophirma a go rotloetsa bagarona go tshela botshelo jo bo itekanetseng ka go ikatisa le go ja dijo tse di nang le dikotla.
Re ipiletsa go bagarona go tshegetsa bagolo ba rona mo metshamekong e, gore ba tle ba e itumelele le go e rata, mme segolo gore ba itumelele dingwaga tsa bona tsa bogodi.
Older persons continue to play a vital role in our families and in the society at large. Their meaningful role cannot be over-emphasized.
They have always made major contributions in the society including the freedom we enjoy today.
Throughout our province and elsewhere – older persons take care of patients, especially their grandchildren.
When these patients pass on, orphaned children are being cared for by their grandparents.
It has become a norm in our families that caring for dependent and sick individuals is mostly done by older people, particularly older women – hence the dramatic increase of granny-headed households in many of our communities.
Ke bona bagolo b aba agisang bana fa ba lwa mo lapeng.
Gape bagolo ba rona ke motswedi kitso ya setso sa rona le dingwao tsa rona.
If at all we really value role that our older persons play in our respective families, we should:-
- Respect them
- Love them
- Embrace them
- Appreciate their roles in child rearing
- Allow them the necessary space to age with dignity, – free from harm or any form of discrimination.
- Educate boys and girls to understand and avoid gender stereotyping
- Protect them from all forms of violence.
We call on all perpetrators to stop their senseless killings of older people. If we lose our older people we lose the hub of wisdom and guidance.
We have said it and we say it now, as the ANC-led government that we will remain unshaken in our pursuit to root out elderly abuse in our communities.
Bagolo ba rona ba tshamekile karolo e kgolo mo kgololosegong ya naga ya rona. Bangwe ba ne ba godisa bana ba le bosi ka nako ya kgaratlho, bana bagolo ba sietse kwa dinageng tse di mabapi. Bangwe ba bagolo ba rona ba ne ba fitlha balwela-kgololosego mo matlong a bona gore ba seka ba tshwarwa ke sepodisi sa nako ele.
Ga re kitla re nyatsa seabe sa bagolo ba rona mo kgololosegong. Le bona, ba tshwanetse go itumelela kgololosego e ba e sotlegetse pele ga ngwaga wa 1994.
Therefore, Programme Director, we will not allow any form of abuse perpetuated against elderly people. We have demonstrated this by putting in place laws and relevant government structures to deal with violence that is perpetuated against elderly people.
We call on communities to work together with government to uphold the values of our Constitution and further consolidate our work in eradicating adult poverty, promoting human rights and restoring the dignity of older persons.
Pele ke digela puo ya me, ke dira boikuelo mo go lona bagolo gore lo tlhokomele bana ba lona, segolo jang ba basetsana gore ba efoge batho ba ba bidiwang di-Blessers. Bagolo ga ba a tshwanela go rekisetsa bana ba bona ba basetsana di-Blessers ka ntlha ya madi le grocery e di-Blessers di e rekang.
Selo seo, ke tlolo molao. Puso e na le thata ya semolao ya go tsaya bana bao e ba isa kwa lefelong la pabalatshego fa ditshwanelo tsa bona di gatakwa. Ka jalo efogang kotsi eo, bagaetsho. Godisang bana ba lona, lo ba rute go ikemela mo botshelong.
In conclusion, I would like express my profound thanks to the Local Organising Committee. More importantly I would like to wish all the participants the best of luck in various sporting codes. I also wish Team North West all the best in the National Golden Games.
Finally, Let the games begin!
Ke a leboga.