Mmorogong – MKLM Mayor Clr Ralesole Diale handed over 3 wheelchairs and 40 crutches to people living with disability in wards 11 & 12 at Mmorogong village near Ramokokastad.
It was a joyful day for people living with disability in Mmorogong village to spend it with Mayor Diale, the Speaker – Clr Sipho Vava and Members of Executive Committee.
This was done in partnership with Easy Mobility Company which donated the 3 wheelchairs and 40 crutches to needy beneficiaries.
The owner of Easy Mobility, Tebogo Mogapi who is also an occupational therapist by profession, said wheelchairs are prescribed to patients according to their conditions and also after assessing the environment where the disabled lives in. This includes taking into account whether they can move around with their wheelchairs freely to avoid causing more injuries. She encouraged family members to give care, love and support to the disabled.
“We know that people living with disability face serious challenges to participate meaningfully to community
activities. Hence the decision by the municipality to develop a database of all people living with disability that give a detailed information on the type of their disability so that we can be able to assist them to take part in government programmes, participate in sports and make use of business opportunities. People living with disability are part of our community and they need to feel a sense of belonging, said Portfolio Head of Planning & Development, Clr Caroline Motshabi.
In his address, MKLM Mayor Diale said primary aim of the fifth provincial administration is to develop and support the small businesses hence establishment of village based chambers of commerce to assist local business people. “We also took a decision to ensure that we promote Art, Culture and Tourism (ACT) within Bokone-Bophirima province and maximally use tourism sector to benefit the economy. It is therefore our aim as Moses Kotane Local Municipality to ensure that we restore peace within our communities through the Reconciliation, Healing and Renewal programme, we know that our communities are fighting for land issues, unemployment amongst other issues. Hence we are saying let us collectively engage in dialogue and draw lessons of the past and make peace. Working together as community and the stakeholders we can achieve more, we are working together with our partners. Today’s donation by Easy Mobility is one example that working together we can do more, as the Municipality we are fortunate to have someone like Mrs Mogapi who has interest of needy people at heart, said Mayor Diale.
One of the wheelchair beneficiaries is the 103 years old, Sarah Ditsele of Mmorogong village could not stop her tears of joy.
Mayor Diale thanked officials from Department of Social Development for sharing information with information by educating them on how to register Non Profit making organizations and encouraging them to form support groups to enable them to partner/ support each other.