Ouma loves goodwill

2016-12-07 06:01
Ouma Karina Minnie made an effort to attend the Safer Festive Season prayer service by different congregations on Saturday (03/12). Photos: Boipelo Mere

Ouma Karina Minnie made an effort to attend the Safer Festive Season prayer service by different congregations on Saturday (03/12). Photos: Boipelo Mere

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“Ouma” Karina Minnie from Ritchie celebrated 103 years on earth on 14 October.

As part of her journey in life, she still feels responsible to continue to contribute towards her community’s safety.

Still well-known for her sense of discipline and her ability to heal, she was recognised amongst the congregants who gathered at the Ritchie bus stop on Saturday night (03/12) to pray for peace, safety and unity amongst the Ritchie community.

Fully cloaked in her Zion Church uniform, Ouma Minnie proved her strength by sitting throughout the whole service in praise and worship for a safer festive season.

Her message on the prayer day, especially to the youth, was “respect to the elders, even though it is not your own parent”, in order to live longer.

Ouma Minnie’s daughter, Sarah Tshanga (68), explained how her mother, who is now experiencing a hearing problem, stood the test of time and produced many successful leaders in and outside the small town of Ritchie.

From her eight biological children, she only has four remaining – one son (70) and three daughters, aged 63, 68 and 75.

She has 30 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.

It is through her mother’s great teachings that Tshanga says that people continue to think that she sells alcohol.

“My noisy yard is always a hive of activity, as people come and go freely.

“That is all because they always feel at home at my place.

“I grew up looking up to my mother, who used to be such a people’s person and have such a good hospitality reputation.

“She would not allow any visitor to leave our home without giving them a warm plate of food.

“I had to adopt her sense of goodwill”, she says.

During the prayer event, a basket filled with sweets was handed over for Ouma Minnie in appreciation for all the years that she dedicated to her community.

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