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"Ouma's" celebrate life at 96, 100, and 104 years!

By Rising Sun Reporter

Last week was very special for the Buffalo Flats community when three senior citizens celebrated milestone birthdays at the ages of 96, 100, and 104 years.

Mrs Dorothy Campbell (96), Mrs Kate Olifant (100), and Mrs Beauty Jantjies (104) celebrated their birthdays on 14, 18, and 16 September, respectively.

A joint celebration was held at the Hawks Clubhouse in Buffalo Flats on 18 September for the 'Oumas' as they are affectionately called.

"The community has stepped up, and with the help of many donors, we are able to host this," said a community member.

The event was scheduled to start at 11am, but at 2.30pm the program had still not started and the Eastern Cape Rising Sun could only speak to Mrs Dorothy Campbell who was waiting patiently with some of her family members.

Mrs Campbell who has a good memory recalled her earlier days and experiences and is blessed to still have her 78-year-old brother with her. She said, at her age, she is happy to still be able to walk on her own and exercises her body by doing her chores at home like cleaning and cooking. The 96-year-old granny has four children, 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

“I having survived covid-19, I would like to see myself reach 100 years,” said Mrs Campbell.

While speaking to her, she was anxiously awaiting the other two birthday "Ouma's".

When the Eastern Cape Rising Sun checked with the event initiator, Ms Cholette Williams as to why the event had not started, almost three hours later, we were informed that the other two Ouma's were delayed by others trying to celebrate with them, particularly a political party, who she claims was trying to hijack the event.

The next day, we were informed that the event did take place, much later than scheduled and that the three birthday "Ouma's" united and had a memorable celebration.

The Eastern Cape Rising Sun together with the community wishes them continued good health and would like to thank them for having not only touched the lives of their families but of those of the community too.


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