- 100-year-old gogo Emily Sakulwa had a long-held dream of flying
- Kulula.com and Europcar partnered to make her dream come true
- She flew from the Eastern Cape to Johannesburg, and finally to Cape Town
A 100-year-old gogo from Dimbaza in the Eastern Cape took to the skies for the first time ever in her life.
Gogo Emily Sakulwa, who was born in March 1918, expressed her long-held dream of flying during a recent Talk Radio 702 discussion on Nelson Mandela's centenary.
Airline Kulula.com and Europcar then partnered to make her dream come true, Briefly.co.za learned.
On 12 September, Gogo Sakulwa flew from East London to Johannesburg before connecting to Cape Town to visit her children for a week.
This experience brought her untold joy. Speaking to DispatchLIVE, she said, "Today I feel like a true celebrity. Enkosi kakhulu [thank you very much]!"
In a Twitter reply, one of gogo Sakulwa's grandchildren, Zethu, thanked everyone involved. He added that gogo "is having a ball."
The delighted gogo is set to fly back to the Eastern Cape on 19 September. Meanwhile, the story warmed the hearts of thousands of South Africans on Twitter.
Many of them applauded organisers of the trip for their kind gesture. One even asked if a similar gesture could be made to his grandmother.
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