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Old age home faces closure

The Kensington Home for the Aged may shut its doors due to debt and a lack of funds.

A vehicle for the Kensington Home for the Aged. Picture: Janine Willemans/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Nursing staff at an old age home in Kensington on Thursday said they love their job despite the challenges.

The Kensington Home for the Aged is facing the very real threat of closure due to a lack of funds and overwhelming debt.

The 41-year-old facility is currently caring for 110 senior citizens.

When manager Brian Beck took up the job in April, he discovered that the home owed the city and South African Revenue Service (SARS) around R800,000.

Recently, the home had its electricity disconnected due to outstanding municipal bills.

It was only after Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille intervened that power was restored.

Nurse Gene Dias said it is disheartening.

"The old people were used to a certain lifestyle. Due to the financial situation, we can't afford certain things."

Yvonne Sias-Wanlana has been staying at the home for seven years.

"I've been here for seven years and I love it here."