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2016-04-21 06:00
Family, friends, grand and great-grand-children, including Cape Town city officials during the 100 birthday party of Kate Pilaelo Satula, at the Tambo Village Community Hall. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Family, friends, grand and great-grand-children, including Cape Town city officials during the 100 birthday party of Kate Pilaelo Satula, at the Tambo Village Community Hall. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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Kate Pilaelo Satula, one of the oldest citizens in the city who turned 100 years old on Friday was given a special treat in Tambo Village Community Hall on Friday.

The birthday celebration was hosted by Councillor Suzette Little, the City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development.

Satula’s family, friends and members of Sikhokhele Old-Age Community Development Centre, where she is a resident, were also present to grace the proceedings.

She said she was on cloud nine for reaching that milestone in her life.

“I am very happy that God blessed me with so many years on earth. I have lived to see my great-great offspring, which most of the people I grew-up with did not live to see. I can still walk on my own and I am still in good shape in life. I thank God for that,” Satula said.

She also said she believes that God gave her so many years because she “respects” Him and other people.

Councillor Little also congratulated Satula on her 100 birth day.

“It is a privilege to honour you. It is a blessing to live to see so many years. It means you have seen so much in this life and contributed a lot in other people’s lives. I am happy for you,” she added.

Little also said Patricia de Lille, the Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town, also sent her some flowers as a birthday present.

She also said Satula recently attended the City’s Older Persons Games at the Green Point Athletics Track and she is a clear example of what healthy living and active ageing is all about.

Satula was born in Bethlehem, in the Free State.

She then moved to the Mother City and stayed in Kensington before she was one of many who were forcefully removed by the Apartheid government.

She and her family stayed in different parts of Gugulethu before eventually settling in Tambo Village.

She mothered six children, some of whom are in Bethlehem, Oudtshoorn and in the city. Major Satula, her son, was also happy to see her mother living that long.

“She might not look beautiful to you, but to me she is a beautiful mother. She went all out to raise us. Now she has countless grand children and great-great children,” he said.

Major also said her mother survived breast cancer which saw one of her breast being removed. She also had her one eye removed due to the “pain” it was causing her.

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