Ouma Magrita a mother of many

There is much more to old age than the numbers which accompany it, says a granny who turns 103 today.

06 May 2019 | People

Magrita Haoses; Ouma; It’s only by the grace of God that I am able to keep on going

Otis Finck - Swakopmund

The secret to a long life is having respect for your elders.

Ouma Magrita “Mamas” Haoses, who is turning 103 year old today, says she is a living testimony to this.

Ouma Magrita, who was born in 1916 on the farm /Gurus in the Hardap region is still going strong.

Many moons ago she worked as a kitchen assistant while her husband worked as a shepherd on various farms.

They were married for 40 years and raised six children including three (two daughters and a son) of their own and three adopted children.

The eldest is Christina Garises (71), followed by Anna Elizabeth Saal (69) and a son, Jacobus Salon (68).

Ouma Magrita has 23 grand children, 66 great grandchildren and 13 great-great grandchildren. Six children she raised as her own with 20 children of their own who are still alive.

“It’s only by the grace of God that I am able to keep on going. Faith, hard work and a healthy lifestyle are other important ingredients of my longevity.”

Her message to the youth is as follows: “Stay away from alcohol and behave properly. Respect your elders. I only started smoking cigarettes recently to get rid of stress. Today’s loud modern music works on my nerves. What can I say to make it stop? I rather keep quite.”

Ouma Magrita says her hearing is still in top condition, but her eyes and legs are not what they used to be.

“I find it tough to walk these days. Cough mixture, ointment and eye drops seem to do the trick for me.”



She expresses gratitude for the government pension she receives.

“I don’t have much to say. The amount is very small compared to today’s high cost of living. I am, however, satisfied with the little I receive because it is free and they are adding something each year.”

Her birthday wish is wrapped in simplicity.

“If I could make a wish, it would be for a nice traditional ‘lappies’ blanket and material for a traditional outfit including head gear. I am going to attend a church service and enjoy a barbeque with my relatives on my special day.”

With Mother’s Day just around the corner she wishes loads of love for all Namibian mothers with heaps of blessings to all individuals who are considerate towards her.

“God must protect and carry all of us and bless those who look after me.”

Similar News

 

The art of making real life baby dolls

1 week ago - 07 July 2019 | People

Walvis Bay Leandrea Louw Humankind never ceases to amaze when it comes to innovation, with the latest creation being real life baby dolls. Magdel...

Graduate shares her story

1 month - 26 May 2019 | People

Walvis Bay - Leandrea Louw Chloé Paulse (25), a graduate of the University of Namibia (Unam) medical school, grew up in the salty and...

Getting to know Miss Walvis Bay

2 months ago - 29 April 2019 | People

Walvis Bay - Leandrea Louw Julia Kandjimbi (21), a final year fashion student at the College of the Arts, is the reigning Miss Walvis...

The gentleman netball coach

3 months ago - 15 April 2019 | People

WALVIS BAY - Adolf Kaure Adolf Kaure - Bobsey Kanku Musambani whose coaching has transformed netball at the coast since his introduction to the...

Taking rhythmic gymnastics to new heights

4 months ago - 25 February 2019 | People

Leandrea Louw - Former gymnast, now coach and rhythmic gymnastics club owner Britt Adonis (34) aspires to be Namibia’s first gymnastics judge at the Olympics.Adonis...

Not a pie in the sky

5 months ago - 11 February 2019 | People

Otis Finck - Uwe and Henrietta “Hetta” Bachmann established Artisan Bread Bakery and Coffee shop in 2011. Uwe hails from Swakopmund and formerly worked in...

Topnaars mourn death of Chief Kootjie

5 months ago - 28 January 2019 | People

Topnaar chief and Nama traditional council chairperson Joel Seth Kooitjie (65) passed away in Walvis Bay on Thursday evening. According to a relative he died...

Local pianist aims higher

8 months ago - 15 October 2018 | People

Leandrea LouwKarl Philander (18), a learner at De Duine Secondary School, was invited to participate in the University of South Africa (Unisa) South African Music...

Woman walks 460 km along Swakop River

11 months ago - 20 July 2018 | People

After 28 days of walking along the Swakop River, covering 462 kilometres, the 49-year-old Nikola Fahrbach finally arrived at the river mouth at the end...

Local to become first female marine engineer

11 months ago - 20 July 2018 | People

Leandrea Louw Ashlynn Zoe Paulse (25), originally from Narraville, Walvis Bay, is in her final year studying marine engineering in Vigo, Spain. Upon her...

Latest News

Warmth for learners in winter...

1 day - 14 July 2019 | Local News

Swakopmund - Otis Finck Metropolitan staff members handed over a donation of blankets, hoody tops, hand gloves and beanies to learners of the...

Grooming future journalists

1 day - 14 July 2019 | Education

The My Zone team in charge of the Namibia Media Holdings (NMH) school newspaper project acknowledge the importance of the various school newspaper editorial teams...

Engineers in the making ...

1 day - 14 July 2019 | Education

Karibib Private School (KPS) encourages its learners to take part in the school’s annual bridge building competition. This year it differed significantly from previous years,...

Crowning the fairest of them...

1 day - 14 July 2019 | Events

Walvis Bay • Leandrea Louw Dominique Bouwer was crowned Miss Teen Walvis Bay while Malinda Bam was chosen as Miss Pre-Teen Walvis Bay last week....

Top coastal real estate agents...

1 day - 14 July 2019 | Business

Tienie Mouton; FNB; “The deep recession experienced over the past two years, has put severe strain on the sector.”Swakopmund FNB Namibia recently awarded outstanding performing...

Kavango culture celebrated

1 day - 14 July 2019 | Cultural

Kuisebmond • Otis Finck The first ever Kavango Cultural Festival hosted in the Erongo region attracted a large crowd. The event...

Namibian officers ready to take...

1 day - 14 July 2019 | Fishing

Walvis Bay - Otis Finck The Namibian Maritime Officers and Shipping Association (Namosa) has called on players in the maritime industry to adopt the...

Vehicle imports ­increase significantly

1 day - 14 July 2019 | Infrastructure

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) recorded 274 504 freight tonnes of vehicles handled at the Port of Walvis Bay in the 2018/19 financial year. According...

Grumpy's fishing report

1 day - 14 July 2019 | Fishing

Outdoor Centre • Grumpy Gramowski We experienced quite an eventful week of fishing, with a number good catches of galjoen reported in the...

Load More