Rand Aid’s Tarentaal retirement village has named its clinic after long-time employee Mercia Sekgarametso, following her recent retirement.
Mercia was awarded for a phenomenal 40 years’ long service at Tarentaal last year.
At a beautiful retirement function organised by Tarentaal management unveiled the clinic’s new plaque, which reads: “The Mercia Sekgarametso Clinic. In recognition of her more than 40 dedicated years of caring for the Tarentaal village community.”
Mercia started working for Rand Aid at the Bramley Complex in 1981 as a care worker, at the age of 27.
“In 1983, I underwent training to become an enrolled nursing assistant. During this time, new units were being built at the Bramley Complex and I was asked to become the village nurse,” says Mercia.
“In 1995, the Bramley Complex closed down and I relocated with the residents to Tarentaal retirement village as an enrolled nursing assistant, under the supervision of sister Audrey James. I have assisted many other sisters since then,” she adds.
Born in July 1954, Mercia grew up in Taung in the North West.
“I am single and have five daughters and six grandchildren. I’m now going to be a ‘nanny’ to two of my grandchildren, aged three and six,” says Mercia.
“I’m going to miss everyone. Tarentaal is my second home,” she adds.