Schalk Hoon, manager at the Klerksdorp Home, will be going on pension at the end of this month. He greets with the following message:
- â€œDuring July 2008 I saw a small advertisement in Rapport that read: â€œManager for the Home for the Aged in Wolmaransstad.â€ As a pensioned bank manager I applied and was invited for an interview in Wolmaransstad. A few weeks later, on 18/8/2008, I reported as manager. It is now 7 and a half years later in the service of HG Welfare and what an experience this was! After approximately 4 years in Wolmaransstad I was transferred to Klerksdorp, where I will retire after three and a half years at the end of March 2016.
What a privilege this was to brush shoulders with the elderly from every sphere of life. During the period in which I worked in Wolmaransstad, I resided in the home during the week and only went home during the weekends. I came to know the residents closely and they became like own family. I departed from Wolmaransstad with a heavy heart…not only from the home, but also from the community. The last 3 years in Klerksdorp was an experience of its own â€“ not as intense as in Wollies, but with each older person I tried to forge a special link. What especially made it interesting is that each elderly person had his/her own personality. There are the loving ones, the headstrong ones, the peacemakers, those that found fault with everything and those that were satisfied with everything. It was a near 8 years and I will not want to exchange it for anything whatsoever. Be assured the each of my colleagues were very special.
I will now retire in Somerset West in the Western Cape: jog, cycle, hike, drink red wine and socialise with my grandchildren. I greet you until we meet again.â€