Songbirds celebrate a year of note

Elders from Alexandra township who are part of Thembalami Care Centre’s Zamokuhle outreach programme have voices of gold.

They represented Region E in the recently held Provincial Choir Festival hosted by the Department of Social Development and the Johannesburg Older Persons’ Forum.

The Zamokuhle participants – all women – are fondly called the gogos at Thembalami.

“The gogos and other Region E choir members from various service centres won a huge trophy at the festival and decided to celebrate their performance at a year-end function held at Thembalami on November 30.

Choir members ate lunch together and sang songs to commemorate their year. They enjoyed their time spent in the care centre’s large lapa which overlooks the extensive grounds and beautiful gardens.

Elize Raath, the manager of Thembalami, took the visitors and special guest Councillor Irene Rugheimer on a tour of their grounds. They were all especially impressed with the vegetable and herb gardens and chick coop.

The lunch was cooked by the Zamokuhle gogos, with help from Thembalami social auxiliary worker Makati Legodi, and all the choir members clubbed in to cover the catering.

Clr Rugheimer, who is from the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, thanked the choir participants for their hard work during the year.


Conductor Nthabiseng Nthabane from Rethabile Senior Centre puts the choir members through their paces.


Visiting elders from other service centres were given a tour of Thembalami’s grounds and enjoyed seeing the wonderful vegetable garden.


Thembalami is making great use of its large grounds. Alexandra township can be seen in the background.




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