- On 8 May, Delft local Fredie Blom would be celebrating his 114th birthday
- But his family is saddened over the lack of recognition by the South African government
- Blom is older than the man who was named the oldest man in the world by the Guinness World Records
- Which means the South African is the oldest recorded man in the world
Blom is officially the oldest man in the world, according to Guinness World Records earlier this month, Japan’s Masazo Nonaka was named the oldest man with an age of 112, making him two years younger than Blom.
A video showed Blom confirming he is 114-years-old, before showing the camera his barcoded Identification Document that states his year of birth as 1904.
His wife, 85-year-old Jeanette Blom, said she’s sad her hubby had not received any recognition from the government.
“I want to see who is going to say something or honour him because how many people do you find that has reached 114 years?” she said.
Blom, who has no children of his own, was born on 8 May 1904 in Adelaide Eastern Cape. Despite being the oldest man in the world, he has no problem getting around on his own.
IOL reported he even helped his neighbor to make a concrete floor. Briefly.co.za gathered Blom himself is surprised over his age.
“I am 114. I was born in 1904,” he said in Afrikaans.
Blom added he could not believe he lived for so long. According to the centenarian, he is still healthy, but he faces problems with his legs.
Jeanette said she can’t afford to throw her husband a party on his milestone birthday nor can she afford to bake him a cake. Mrs Blom said they lived only on a pension.
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