Honour your parents and go to church: 117-year-old Oom Jan tells his secrets for a long and happy life

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Eastern Cape resident Jan Steenberg recently celebrated his 117th birthday. (PHOTO: Supplied)
Eastern Cape resident Jan Steenberg recently celebrated his 117th birthday. (PHOTO: Supplied)

He was born into a South Africa that was still a British colony, where the ANC was yet to be formed and the spark that would ignite World War 1 was a decade away. 

The year was 1904 and Jan Steenberg would go onto live through more than a century of tumultuous changes: dozens of wars, the rise and fall of apartheid, a technological revolution and at least two pandemics – Spanish flu and Covid. 

And these changes were all there to be reflected on when Oom Jan recently celebrated his 117th birthday.

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