25 March 2019


Mayor pays a visit to one of Kraaipan’s centenarians

by: Shallot Setlhaku   date: 26 April 2018

It’s not everyday that someone turns 100 and when that happens, even the community takes notice.
Mayor of Ratlou Local Municipality,
Tebogo Modise, has paid a courtesy visit to one of the most senior citizens of the municipality, 100-year-old Mary Mohale
of Kraaipan.
Granny Mohale was celebrating her centenary with her remaining three  
 daughters and a son two months ago.
Born on 16 February 1918, this great grandmother to some, is still well and
strong. She is able to see without spectacles
and can still walk around, taking
care of her livestock (goats) without any assistance. During the Mayor’s visit to her home, Granny Mohale was relaxing on a couch
at her home in a jubilant mode, smiling and joking with her children, some of
whom are already pensioners.
Asked what keeps her so strong at her
age, the Granny said: “Keeping myself healthy, I eat vegetables and as we grow
up, we need to eat wild fruits and nuts. I have never taken tablets in my entire life.
I had suffered a knee injury not so long
ago, that is why I am carrying a walking stick, otherwise you could have found me
just walking without any help,” she told Mayor Modise. Modise said she had always wanted to
meet Granny Mohale but due to her tight schedule, she was unable to fulfill that
wish. She said she felt honoured and privileged to have met and shared her
best wishes to her municipality’s cente

Granny Mohale could not stop appreciating, with a low and humble voice, a visit
from Modise. When the Mayor presented her with the gifts, she rose from her
chair and started dancing and singing old
songs as way of appreciating what the municipality has done for her. Accompanied by Ward 8 Councilor,
Fosy Moalusi, the Mayor showered Granny
Mohale with gifts such as blankets, morning slippers, sleeping gowns and
food parcels.