Ms Carelse said that Ms F Khumalo (ANC) has been attending meetings and is present in this meeting. Mr Sibisi always gets the invitations, but he is an alternate Member not a full-time Member. He did accept the meeting invitation yesterday, but he was not present in the meeting.
Ms F Khumalo (ANC) thanked the Concerned Pensioners for raising all the issues to Parliament. Most pensioners would have not been able to appear before Parliament and the issues raised in the petition were therefore broadly representative of issues faced by older persons countrywide.
Ms F Khumalo (ANC) welcomed the presentation and commented that it was clear and showed that the Department wanted to see very strong family units. The Deputy Minister had said without the family there would be no nation; that was very commendable.