Last week, we held a farewell party for Ma Pumla Ndaba and celebrated the great impact that she has had at Ikamva Labantu over the past 22 years.
Pumla’s own mother was a co-founder of our Noluthando 1 senior club, and Pumla herself has been involved in Ikamva since the 90s. She started as a volunteer at the club, teaching sewing and working alongside Ma Tutu as a coordinator.
Pumla has been part of much significant work for Ikamva and for seniors in various communities, including the development of the Older Persons Act.
Aside from her commitments to Ikamva, Pumla is an active leader in her church and a devoted mother and grandmother. She has lectured UCT and Stellenbosch students and is part of the University of the 3rd Age. Admirably, Pumla is ever-committed to her community, a member of the SA Older Persons Forum and a great support to seniors with little or no family.
Ikamva Labantu’s senior programme is all about active ageing. Although Pumla’s formal working life has come to a close, we are not saying goodbye as we know that she will continue to be a part of the Ikamva family for many years to come – a true embodiment of Ikamva’s values.
We feel privileged to have had a woman of such stature and worth play such a significant role in our organisation and would like to thank Pumla for all she has done.
Pumla, you are our hero and an amazing ambassador for Ikamva Labantu.