- Boniswa Paulina Jevu, who is 117-years-old this year will hopefully ve recognised as Africa’s oldest living person in the Guinness Book of Records
- This month the Gogo received a visit from the MEC for social development bearing gifts to help her celebrate her birthday
- Jevu, born in Tsolo on May 14 1901, making her running a close second to the oldest person alive, a Japanese woman who celebrated her 117th birthday a twelve days earlier
Boniswa Paulina Jevu, 117, says she is content with the length of her life and believes she will soon go to her final rest.
“Thank you very much my children. I am about to depart, God has told me so. Our house gets very cold at night but you have made it warm with the heater and the blanket,” said the emotional Gogo after receiving some important visitors bearing gifts.
Jevu was born in Tsolo on May 14 1901, is believed to be the second oldest living person at the moment, according to records of a US-based Gerontology Research.
Briefly.co.za gathers from reports about Jevu in DispatchLive.co.za that a Japanese woman, Chiyo Miyako, is thought to be the world’s oldest living person having turned 117 on May 2, less than a fortnight before Jevu's birthday.
Daily Dispatch on Monday reported that Jevu still has identification documents – the infamous dompas, a Ciskei homeland ID and a green barcoded ID. All record her birth date as May 14 1901.
Newly-appointed Eastern Cape MEC for social development, Phumza Dyantyi, visited the Jevu’s Mdantsane home which she shares with her daughter, Ntomboxolo, and her great granddaughter.
On the visit, the Dyantyi brought gifts including a birthday cake and a fruit basket to help her celebrate her special day, and essentials for comfort and warmth in the form of a paraffin heater and a fur blanket.
Dyantyi, who said she felt compelled to celebrate Jevu’s life after reading about her in the Daily Dispatch has promised to get a ramp installed at the family’s home for Jevu’s electric wheelchair. The Gogo had been given as a gift by Buffalo City mayor, Xola Pakati.
In addition Dyantyi said her department would “try by all means to have Jevu recorded . . . in the book. We don’t know of anyone else in South Africa that is at this age. This is history for our province and the country and we feel that it deserves worldwide recognition.”
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