Granny (100) grateful to still be alive

2020-04-01 06:03
The Mfeku family celebrates the 100th birthday of their grandmother. From the left are, front: Xoliswa Mfeku, Eunice Mfeku, granny Hana Mfeku (who turned 100), Nomphithi Yanta and Winnie Khanuka; back: Naledi Mafika, Xola Mfeku with Thobeka Mfeku, Mzimkhulu Mokhali, Zongezile Voyiya, Papiki Mfeku, Khanyisile Voyiya, Vuyiswa Mfeku, Asanda Mfeku and Ziyanda Voyiya.

The Mfeku family celebrates the 100th birthday of their grandmother. From the left are, front: Xoliswa Mfeku, Eunice Mfeku, granny Hana Mfeku (who turned 100), Nomphithi Yanta and Winnie Khanuka; back: Naledi Mafika, Xola Mfeku with Thobeka Mfeku, Mzimkhulu Mokhali, Zongezile Voyiya, Papiki Mfeku, Khanyisile Voyiya, Vuyiswa Mfeku, Asanda Mfeku and Ziyanda Voyiya.

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Living to be 100 years old is rare and deserves a special celebration.

Granny Hana Mfeku celebrated this milestone last Monday, 23 March.

This grandmother is very grateful to still be alive to celebrate her 100th birthday. She reckons her birthday marked an important chapter in her life.

In Genesis 6:3, God says: “My Spirit will not put up with humans for such a long time, for they are only mortal flesh. In the future, their normal lifespan will be no more than 120 years.”

Granny Mfeku received ovations from her family members who celebrated this milestone with her. She celebrated with her four surviving biological children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends at a private party at her house in Bochabela, Bloemfontein.

A handful attended the event as they are complying with the government’s restrictions limiting the number of people at gatherings in line with stopping the spread of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Mfeku’s four surviving daughters are Nonceba, Dorah, Pheli and Eunice.

She had ten children with her late husband Mzimasi John Mfeku, who passed on in the 1980s. Six of her children also passed on.

She has 68 grandchildren.

According to Mfeku, living to turn a 100 years old is God’s will, rather than her personal will. “I have throughout the years always trusted God with my life,” said Mfeku.

Born in 1920 in Fort Beaufort, Eastern Cape, the centenarian had lived through the Second World War (1939 to 1945). She relocated with her spouse to Bloemfontein in the 1950s after getting married.

Mfeku still walk around the house without using a walking stick and prefers to wash some of her own clothes.

Mfeku is respected by the family for upholding the principles of life. Her recipe clean healthy living. Alcohol is not on her list. She prefers well-prepared home-cooked meals.

Both the old and young generations learn life lessons from Mfeku, who encourages her offspring to know the values of God, self-respect and respecting other people.

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