Gogo celebrates milestone birthday early

2020-05-14 06:03
Nothusile Fundakubi on her new wheelchair. She is flanked by her son Thembekile and daughter in law Noluthando Fundakubi. Standing at the back from left: Lawrence Ndengane from Goal’s marketing division, DA PR councillor Siseko Mbandezi, family friend Ntombekhaya Jim and DA PR councillor Xolisile Qwesha.PHOTO: LINDILE MBONTSI

Nothusile Fundakubi on her new wheelchair. She is flanked by her son Thembekile and daughter in law Noluthando Fundakubi. Standing at the back from left: Lawrence Ndengane from Goal’s marketing division, DA PR councillor Siseko Mbandezi, family friend Ntombekhaya Jim and DA PR councillor Xolisile Qwesha.PHOTO: LINDILE MBONTSI

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Mfuleni pensioner, Nothusile Fundakubi, celebrated her 105th birthday in advance when a local retail giant showered her with much-needed food supplies.

In addition, she received a new wheelchair from the local proportional representative (PR) councillor to make her mobility a pleasant experience.

Fundakubi, who will turn 105 in August, received the gifts from Goal supermarket and councillor Xolisile Qwesha on Friday 8 May to mark the milestone.

Fundakubi is originally from Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape. She has 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and three great greatgrandchildren.

Nothusile’s son, Thembekile Fundakubi (51), said the family is over the moon. He described his mother as the family’s pillar of strength and their rock.

“My mother is a strong woman. She loves people and discipline at the same time. She is a no nonsense person,” said Thembekile.

He praised his mother for protecting and raising them during difficult times.

“My mother had 11 children but only two are now alive,” said Thembekile. He added that his father died in 1982, leaving his mother with a monumental task of raising them all as a single mother.

Thembekile is the 10th child and is only left with his younger brother, Litha.

Lawrence Ndengane, from Goal’s marketing division, said they heard about Fundakubi during one of their visits in area to assist other local non governmental organisations that help the needy.

He said they have a mobile soup kitchen that supplies food in many communities.

“So, when we heard about gogo, we decided to come and celebrate her life with her,” he said.

On the day they ran the kitchen from her yard, allowing other community members to be part of the festivities.

Ndengane described their contribution as part of giving back to the community.

“We care about senior citizens because they are our main customers. These are the people that we care about the most, especially during this difficult time of the lockdown,” he said.

Qwesha wished Fundakubi a birthday filled with blessings.

He said he heard about her from his colleague and immediately decided to visit her to establish her essential needs.

“Even though she still active, I perceived that she needs a wheelchair. So, I went to mayor Dan Plato and asked for a wheelchair so that she can move around when she is tired of walking,” said Qwesha.

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