THE Spouse to KwaZulu-Natal Premier, Mrs Nelly Zikalala, today celebrated the lives to two of the province’s centenarians, as the province takes part in observing the national Heritage Month.
This year’s Heritage Month commemorations take place under the theme: “Celebrating South Africa’s Living Human Treasures."
Mrs Zikalala’s visit was to honour the traditional roles of senior citizens such as to provide advice, lead families and societies in traditional practices, rituals and ceremonies that not only ensured their own survival, existence and continuity, but that of the community as a whole.
The two centenarians are Mrs Lephina Mahlaba and Mr Thembinkosi Mahlalela, both of uMhlathuze Municipality.
Mahlaba (100 years) was born on 20 May 1920 and later got married. She was blessed with 8 children of which six (6) siblings have passed on. She only has two surviving children, a boy and a girl, who are unemployed.
She is the sole breadwinner in her household and she sustains her family with her SASSA Old Age Grant which is insufficient to meet their needs.
Mrs Mahlaba has grandchildren and great grandchildren who rely on her pension. She also supplements her grant through a home garden for fresh vegetables.
Mr Mahlalela (100) was born on 14 June 1920 and has been married to his wife Mrs Florence Mahlalela for over a period of 50 years.
They were blessed with 3 children and some have since passed on. They also have grandchildren and great grandchildren. The couple receive their SASSA Old Age Grant which helps them to sustain their household.
They also have a huge home garden where they plant various vegetables.