Thursday, March 9, 2023



News report:

'World's oldest woman' dies aged 128

A woman said to be the world's oldest person has died in South Africa at the age of 128 having lived through three different centuries.

Mother-of-seven Johanna Mazibuko, died in her Jouberton, North West Province, home on March 3, and would have been 129 in May, local reports said.

Those close to her said she had ID documents that prove she was born on May 11, 1894, and grew up on a maize farm. She never went to school and could not read or write, they said.

Speaking to News24, her caregiver and daughter-in-law Thandiwe Wesinyana said Mazibuko may have died from a stroke.

Mazibuko told the publication on her 128th birthday: 'I am amazed at why I am still here after so many years. Why am I still here? People around me have been dying. When will I die? What's the point of being alive? The world has tired me because I am just sitting here doing nothing,'

She was one of 12 sibilings of which three younger ones are still alive.

She married an older widower Stawana Mazibuko, but cannot remember when. She said his first wife had died and he owned cows and she would make butter. They had 7 children, two of whom are still alive, and has over 50 grandchildren and great-grandchildren and is being mourned in South Africa.


Wkipedia includes Johanna Mazibuko in the list of unverified longevity persons, stating, the persons in this group have not had their claimed age validated by an independent body such as the Gerontology Research Group or Guinness World Records.



It was reported in January 2023 that Lucile Randon, also known as Sister André died on 17 january this year aged 118 years and 340 days. This is the fourth longest human lifespan ever verified. She was also the oldest known survivor of the COVID-19 pandemic, having tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 a month before her 117th birthday.



The oldest person verified by modern standards, and the only person with evidence to have lived to be at least 120 years of age, is French woman Jeanne Calment (21 February 1875 – 4 August 1997), aged 122 years and 164 days.

The oldest man verified by modern standards, and the only man with undisputed evidence to have lived to be over 115, is Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura (19 April 1897 – 12 June 2013), aged 116 years and 54 days.

The oldest verified living person is Spanish-American born woman Maria Branyas, born 4 March 1907, aged 116 years, 4 days.



Which brings me to a reader contribution, an email sent to me a short time ago by regular donor of items of ineterest and humour, John P.

Thanks, John.

John’s cotribution is below.


Thoughts on aging

"Grandchildren don't make a man feel old, it's the knowledge that he's married to a grandmother that does." 
- J. Norman Collie.

"It's paradoxical that the idea of living a long life appeals to everyone, but the idea of getting old doesn't appeal to anyone." 
– Andy Rooney.

"The older I get, the better I used to be." 
– Lee Trevino, Professional Golfer.

"Nice to be here? At my age it's nice to be anywhere." 
– George Burns.

"The older I get, the more clearly I remember things that never happened. 
- Mark Twain.

"First you forget names, then you forget faces, then you forget to pull your zipper up, then you forget to pull your zipper down." 
– Leo Rosenberg.

"Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you are aboard there is nothing you can do about it." 
- Golda Meir.

"Old people shouldn't eat health foods. They need all the preservatives they can get." 
– Robert Orben.

"You spend 90 percent of your adult life hoping for a long rest and the last 10 percent trying to convince the Lord that you're actually not that tired." 
– Robert Brault.

"At my age, flowers scare me." 
- George Burns

"The years between 50 and 70 are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down." 
- T.S. Elliot.

"The important thing to remember is that I'm probably going to forget." 
– Unknown.

"At age 20, we worry about what others think of us... at age 40, we don't care what they think of us... at age 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all." 
-Ann Landers.

"We don't grow older, we grow riper." 
- Pablo Picasso.

"I was thinking about how people seem to read the Bible a lot more as they get older, and then it dawned on me—they're cramming for their final exam."
- George Carlin, Comedian.

"Everything slows down with age, except the time it takes cake and ice cream to reach your hips." 
- John Wagner.

"When your friends begin to flatter you on how young you look, it's a sure sign you're getting old." 
- Mark Twain.

"You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks." 
- Joel Plaskett.

"There's one advantage to being 102, there's no peer pressure." 
- Dennis Wolfberg.

"There are three stages of man: he believes in Santa Claus, he does not believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus." 
- Bob Phillips.

"Looking fifty is great—if you're sixty."
 - Joan Rivers.

"Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician." 
– Anonymous.

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