Sprightly story-teller Sarah is 100 not out

Pretoria News - - FRONT PAGE - CHELSEA NTULI [email protected]

THE Mamelodi West woman who turned 100 yes­ter­day said she had lived a very ful­fill­ing life.

Sarah Maake sat un­der a tree in her yard sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends – and she en­ter­tained them by shar­ing sto­ries of her life while giv­ing them ad­vice on how to keep strong and live a long life.

Maake said that dur­ing her life she had “lots of clothes and ev­ery­body ad­mired her sense of fash­ion be­cause her late hus­band used to spoil her with clothes”.

She said she never smoked or drank al­co­hol and ex­er­cised a lot when she was younger. “I watched what I ate a lot; I don’t eat salts or sugar and I have al­ways been very cau­tious with my health.”

Maake grew up in Cul­li­nan, mov­ing to Joburg at the age of 16 af­ter she lost her par­ents. It was in that city where she met her hus­band, who died in 2002.

Maake is the last born of four sib­lings and the last sur­viv­ing one.

“My sib­lings’ chil­dren have al­ways been like my own,” she said.

For the past 17 years she has lived alone in her house and was quite cabable of tak­ing care of her­self. “I sweep my own yard and I also cook and clean for my­self. I am very lucky be­cause my fam­ily takes care of me by bring­ing food and ev­ery­thing else; I never feel alone.”

Maake said her friends and fam­ily had four par­ties planned for her this month and she was look­ing for­ward to all of them.

Her grand niece Zorha Mc­dool­ley-Ai­mone said they had some­thing very spe­cial planned for her fourth party.

“She tells us great sto­ries about how she left home at a young age and we want her to be happy,” she said.

African News Agency

(ANA) Sarah Maake cel­e­brated her 100th birth­day with fam­ily and friends at her Mamelodi West home yes­ter­day. Jac­ques Naude

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