Gogo (112) fit as a fiddle

2016-02-17 06:00
A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE: Lisbeth Tweni of Rouxville is one of the oldest people on Earth. Photo: Conrad Bornman

A LONG AND HEALTHY LIFE: Lisbeth Tweni of Rouxville is one of the oldest people on Earth. Photo: Conrad Bornman

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FIT as a fiddle at 112 years, Gogo Lisbeth Tweni says her secret to longevity lies in eating organic food, maintaining a spiritual life with her God and always being on the move.

Tweni was born on 10 October 1904 and has witnessed a lot of changes in her lifetime.

Despite her remarkable age, Tweni does not walk with a rod and still does her own house chores.

Her cheerful spirit pervades her four-roomed house in Lerole Lea Thunya Township in Rouxville.

Religious pictures of Jesus Christ cover the walls of Tweni’s house, a minute glimpse of her strong spiritual convictions.

She says she still attends the church her parents raised her in years ago.

A devoted Mount Zion Church member, Tweni says her spiritual life keeps her soul young.

“You cannot live life without a spiritual centre,” she says.

Munching on a raw carrot, Tweni says her diet is dominated by fresh vegetables and fruits.

Tweni still boasts about her good teeth despite her age.

She is partially blind and her hearing is starting to fail her.

Still, Tweni’s loving nature has earned her the title of grandmother of the township.

Tweni says she was one of the first locals that relocated to the township of Rouxville after leaving the farms of Burgersdorp in the Eastern Cape years ago.

“Respect your parents and God will bless you with a long and healthy life,” she says.

Tweni was blessed with 13 children, 28 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.

Tweni’s daughter, Georgina Mcgingana (65), attributed her mother’s superb health to working hard on the farms to help raise her and her siblings.

Mcgingana says she has lost six of her brothers and sisters.

“My mother doesn’t take nonsense and she is a very tidy woman,” Mcgingana said.

Tweni says she is grateful for the life God has blessed her with.

Although she is
partially blind and her hearing is
starting to fail her, Tweni’s loving nature has earned her the title of grandmother of the township.

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