His children and grandchildren organised a big birthday party for 100-year-old Pharafas Rakgotsoka on Saturday.
Pharafas, who lives in Diepkloof, Soweto, used to work at the Brixton Police Station and retired at 65.
That was 35 years ago but he still likes to take care of his health.
“I used to exercise a lot when I was still a policeman and that hasn’t changed.
“I believe I have lived this long because I take care of my body,” said Pharafas.
He also watches his diet and he is happy to say he has no sugar or blood pressure problems.
He believes God spared him this long because as a young man he respected his elders.
Pharafas can unfortunately no longer go to church.
“But the pastor comes to pray for me,” he said.
The madala has five children and eight grandchildren.
“I’m a very happy man,” said the 100-year-old. My children organised this party for me and my cousins from Limpopo came to celebrate my special day,” he said.
“I haven’t seen them for a very long time but we talk on the phone since my kids bought me a phone for Father’s Day,” he said.
Pharafas’ daughter-in-law Nthabiseng Rakgotsoka said they wanted to make his birthday special for him.
“It’s amazing that at 100 years old he hasn’t lost his memory.
“He eats by himself and washes himself even though he is blind,” she said. “We are blessed he is still around to guide us.”
Pharafas said: “I am still strong. I hope God gives me many more years.”