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119-year-old could be world's oldest person

Posted on Sunday, 28 July, 2013 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A woman in South Africa has identity papers to back up her claim that she was born in 1894.

A resident of a small town near Johannesburg, Johanna Mazibuko has lived for so long that she has outlived five or her seven children. A contender for world's oldest person, Mazibuko is four years older than the current record holder Misao Okawa from Japan who is 115. While South Africa's home affairs ministry has yet to confirm her age it is generally believed that her papers are genuine.

"God gave my life in abundance, plus a bonus. I am very old now," she says. Still mobile despite her advanced years, Mazibuko is still able to make her own bed, dress herself, cook and do the laundry.

"At 119 years old Johanna Mazibuko, who lives in small town south-west of Johannesburg, could be the world's oldest person."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Sundew on 28 July, 2013, 14:08
I seem to remember that if you manage to live to 114 years, you are one of the few who can say they have lived one million hours. If any of you want to check the math feel free, it's too early!
Comment icon #2 Posted by d e v i c e on 28 July, 2013, 18:58
Wow, she was already fourty five when WW2 broke out.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 28 July, 2013, 20:10
If this issue is true(pending goverment recognition) this is outstanding. Having read the article, it appears that she only has trouble walking and gets dizzy when standing-up. In other words, no apparent debilitating dementia or major organ failure at this point. The dizzyness does somewhat indicate progressive heart failure or vascular condition(blood pressure issues) Even still, this is remarkable if shown to be true. Was it diet, exercise, genetics, etc...? Medical science might learn a lot from this, if allowed.
Comment icon #4 Posted by pallidin on 28 July, 2013, 20:16
Comment icon #5 Posted by coolguy on 29 July, 2013, 4:23
This is awesome if its true. I really hope she is this age and not lieing
Comment icon #6 Posted by Chooky88 on 29 July, 2013, 14:04
She may remember the Boer war!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Paranomali on 29 July, 2013, 14:11
It's good she's still mobile and doing things for herself. Amazing.
Comment icon #8 Posted by nohands on 31 July, 2013, 3:19
Comment icon #9 Posted by moonshadow60 on 5 August, 2013, 17:11
Good for her! As my own mother is almost 100, this is a great thing. My mother's grandfather drowned when he fell off his son's fishing boat at 102 years old. He had never learned to swim.

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