Elderly persons right to adequate housing

Sbu is fighting for the elderly persons of Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, to have shelters above their heads. On February 2015 Sbu walked 300 km from Secunda in Gauteng to Nelspruit in Mpumalanga for this cause.

CAMPAIGN OBJECTIVES

His objective is to push the government to prioritize elderly persons in any development especially housing. And also fundraise to build houses for the elderly.

HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED

After his 300km walk he managed to put the government under pressure so much such that MEC of Social Development Nomsa Mtsweni intervened and promised some elders that their issues would be resolved.

CAMPAIGN INNOVATIONS

He could have chosen to march to hand in the memorandum; instead he chose to walk the long distance of 300 km to campaign and raise awareness for elderly persons. In every town he passed through he was walking like an elderly due to the pains associated with walking such long distances.

He would tell people that he knew exactly how the elderly persons felt as he feel those pains.

CAMPAIGN IMPACT

The campaign had a lot of impact since Sbu has been featured in various media.

People are starting to respect and appreciate the elderly persons in the area. The provincial Department of Social Development is now paying attention to this issue.

http://www.ridgetimes.co.za/29269/sbu-walks-for-the-elderly/

CHALLENGES FACED

His biggest challenge is sponsorship so he can reach more elderly and give them hope for a better future.

He appeared again on a South Africa's Broadcasting Corporation Channel One programme, Shift, where he mentioned that at some point he had to sleep on the streets without any blankets because he did not have money for a sleeping bag.

LESSONS LEARNT

He used to say he is doing whatever he is doing because one day he is going to be old himself.

That awareness makes us diligent in taking care of the elderly and educating the current generation to do so as well in order for our generation to have a better future.

COUNTRY

South Africa

CITY

Secunda

FACEBOOK PAGE

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