2017 Mandela Day at YMCA Mamelodi

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First Lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma spent quality time the elderly to celebrate Mandela Day.

Madam Bongi Ngema-Zuma visited elderly residents of Mamelodi, Tshwane, with her BNZ Foundation and the Africa Chinese Women Association.

Addressing the elders, she encouraged them to live healthy lives and exercise regularly.

One of the elders Miriam Ratau (75), said it was a special day for them.

“We were treated like royalty,” said Miriam.

The event was held at the Mamelodi YMCA and focused on diabetes awareness. It was inspired by Mandela Month, which
encourages citizens to reach out and make a difference in other people’s lives.

The First Lady joined the elders as they were doing their exercises before talking to them about managing diabetes.

“My advice to you is to be screened for diabetes now and then,” said Madam Ngema-Zuma.

“It’s time to take responsibility for your body and health.”

She advised the senior citizens to avoid stress. Anita Zhu, president of the Chinese association, said she was impressed.

“It’s amazing that you’re still active. You inspire us,” she said.

“I’d like to be just as active as you are when I’m your age.”

The elders were presented with gifts of blankets, portable radios and food.

They were also screened for diabetes and had their blood pressure checked.

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