Jantjies set to turn 102

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, old lady 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.

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

She believes she has been blessed with her years because of her service to God and her family. Jantjies She has blessed with 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.

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