SAAF HQ Unit gives
presents to the aged
Compiled by Sgt S.W. Mpotoane, Corp Com NCO SAAF HQ Unit
Members of South African Air Force (SAAF) Headquarters Unit
visited the Dr Gerhard. J. Davidtsz home of the aged and
frail care centre in Proes street, Pretoria, on 7 December
All members who were present enjoyed the day. SAAF HQ Unit
members prepared food for the residents. Thereafter they
donated presents to the aged and the frail. The officer
commanding SAAF HQ Unit, Col Ettiene De Bod, presided over
the occasion and ensured that things went well as planned.
it was a joyous celebration that kept the audience dancing
to the songs that were sung by WO1 Piet Erasmus from the
Directorate Base Support Services (DBSS)
The home is a multiracial centre and accommodates about 200
persons with ages ranging from 16 to 101yrs. Most of the
individuals are referred to the home by various hospitals
around Gauteng including 1 Military Hospital.
Under the supervision of Mrs. Leonora Strydom, who is the
executive manager, the home caters for people with various
illnesses such as cancer, tuberculosis, HIV /Aids, mentally
challenged and also for the aged. People who are sexually
abused are also sheltered and counseled.
The centre has 80 staff members and 30 volunteers and it is
also utilised for practical training by nursing college
students. The students bath and feed the patients. The home
had been adopted by the Church Without Walls, which is
situated in Centurion, south of Pretoria.
Dr Gerhard J. Davidtsz, who was a minister at Dutch Reformed
Church, established the home in 1968. He was an advocate for
15 years and served on 40 different boards before he became
mayor of Pretoria.
Mrs. L.H. Strydom started working at the home from 1st
December 1975. With her experience at the home, she helps to
locate the families of the members admitted, as some of them
are terminally ill and cannot remember most of the details
concerning their families. She also assists them to apply
for their social grants.