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Malabar chairperson bids farewell

AFTER six years at the helm, Mogan Segadavan has bid farewell to Malabar Home for the Aged.

Segadavan was the chairperson of the management committee and, under his management, the home has become a beacon among the old age homes across the metro.

Mogan Segadavan.photo:SUPPLIED

“When I assumed office, I set myself two objectives: to improve the quality of life of our residents and to improve the working conditions of our staff,” Segadavan said.

“It has not been an easy journey but I believe I am leaving the home a better place than it was when I arrived.

“The nominal funding we receive from the Department of Social Development is not always paid on time but with the help of the community and well-wishers we always managed to keep our heads above water.”

There have been several changes over the past including alterations to the home to accommodate more residents.

“Although the facility is registered for 38 residents, 42 residents now call it home.

“We completed alterations to accommodate another 12 but this has been put on hold as DSD has not agreed to fund the additional residents,” Segadavan said.

In addition to accommodation for additional residents, new offices and a boardroom were created. All the furniture in the boardroom including the table and computer were donated.

The home had seven water tanks installed to reduce the water consumption. The laundry alone uses up to a 1 000 litres of water a day. When one enters the driveway the shade port and the gardens on either side of the entrance catch the eye of visitors.

New fittings and furnishings include new carpets, wide screen TVs, air-conditioning and panel heaters in every room. Despite poor soil, the home has its own vegetable garden.

“In the true spirit of ubuntu, we often passed on our surplus groceries to the Gelvan Park Home, Jenny’s Soup Kitchen, Inn Angels Hands and the Helenvale Centre of Hope,” Segadavan said.

Segadavan’s tireless work has not gone unnoticed. He was a finalist in the Herald Citizen of the Year contest three years ago and was also voted the East Cape Citizen of the Year in the 70-80 age group.

Earlier this year, he received a service award from the Algoa Bay Rotary club.

He also won the EC Premier’s Sport and Recreation Journalist of the Year award.

“Although I retired from teaching after a 40 year stint in 2005 I have not really had a break,” Segadavan added. I plan to spend more time with my young grandchildren, who were all born after I retired (from teaching).

“And perhaps make my dream trip to the Rio Carnival, which was always on my bucket list.”

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