The Minister in The Presidency for Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Jeff Radebe will tomorrow, 01 October 2017, on behalf of President Jacob Zuma, officiate at the celebration of the International Day of Older Persons, which is observed on 01 October across the world, with senior citizens of the Noma Day Care Centre in Ga-Rankuwa, Pretoria.

The President is no longer able to attend the event due to changes in his programme.

The date of October 01 has been set aside by the United Nations (UN) as the International Day for Older Persons. This year it is commemorated under the theme, Stepping into the future: tapping the talents, contributions and participation of older persons in society.

In addition, the first Sunday in October is celebrated as Grandparents Day globally.

Minister Radebe will, amongst other things, use the celebration to promote awareness about services to older persons and remind South Africans to respect and uphold the dignity of all senior citizens in the country.

This event will also mark the official launch of the national Social Development Month campaign which takes place during the month of October, which is aimed at promoting developmental welfare and social security services as well as care and support for children, older persons and people with disability.

Source: The Presidency Republic of South Africa