- Gija celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends over the weekend
- Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle paid her a special visit
- She thanked God for her long life
A 100-year-old granny in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, thanked God for her long life as she celebrated her rare milestone over the weekend.
Noyose Mabel Gija marked her birthday with family and friends. Briefly.co.za learned that Premier Phumulo Masualle also paid her a special visit.
The centenary celebration, which was held at the Back to Christian Ministry Church, was a pleasant surprise for Gija and left her overjoyed.
Speaking during the event, Premier Masualle said he readily took the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of someone who is almost as old as the ANC. He added:
I have never held the hand of someone who is 100 years old. Today is an exceptional day and a very special birthday because there are very few people who live this long.
He remarked that the late Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu would also have turned 100 this year.
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Gija's only child, 66-year-old Sheila Qambela, thanked the Premier and everyone who attended:
It’s a very happy time for me and my family. We are just ordinary people, but today someone as important as the premier has taken time to spend the afternoon with my mother and my family as we celebrate her life with us.
Masualle presented Gija with a leather reclining chair and an ANC blanket and head wrap.
Speaking to Daily Dispatch, Gija said her late father also lived past 100 years. She added:
It has been the good will of God that has kept me alive and strong. I prayed to see 100 years and he has answered my prayers. It helps when you take good care of yourself and stay away from bad things.
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