Jan­tjies set to turn 102

Go! & Express - - NEWS - AMANDA NANO

The com­mu­nity of Park­side in the Buf­falo Flats will be cel­e­brat­ing with one of their old­est res­i­dents, Beauty Jan­tjies, when she turns 102 on Sun­day.

True to her name, the beauty is still ev­i­dent in the hum­ble and soft-spo­ken cen­te­nar­ian, who is a well-loved pil­lar in her com­mu­nity.

“I never drank or smoked in my life, and I looked af­ter my mother and grand­mother when they were ill,” said Jan­tjies.

She be­lieves she has been blessed with her years be­cause of her ser­vice to God and her fam­ily. She has three chil­dren, Muriel, Ed­die and Veron­ica.

Jan­tjies also has 12 grand­chil­dren, 13 great-grand chil­dren and two great-great-grand­chil­dren.

Great grand­son Shar­win Tay­lor said they grew up with the words: “I be­lieve you must hold onto God. In the hard times, be calm and pray”.

Although she has stopped at­tend­ing ser­vices at the Old Apos­tolic Church, due to old age, Jan­tjies still en­joys cook­ing, mak­ing her own tea and also tends to her gar­den.

“I don’t have much but I’m blessed to have lived so far,” she added.

Pic­ture: AMANDA NANO

GOLDEN OLDIE: Beauty Jan­tjies from Park­side will turn 102 on Sun­day

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