Limpopo pensioner Nhkulu Mokoma, 64, scooped the title as Limpopo’s Golden Boy during an Old Age Pageant held at Tiveka Game Lodge.
Hosted by the provincial department of social development, the event saw 40 participants from the five districts across Limpopo compete for the titles – Golden Boy and Golden Girl.
Apparently, beauty pageants are not meant for the young and beautiful alone. The oldies and senior citizens can also catwalk on the red carpet to show the young lads how it’s done in those days. Mokoma stole the show as he removed his jacket to show off his red pullover jersey while swinging his walking stick on the red carpet during the event yesterday.
Mokoma is a father of two and grandfather of seven from GaMolapo Village in the Capricorn district. The Grandpa who used to be a driver felt honored to be crowned winner of the Golden Boy title.
Similarly, Catherine Mathye, 67, of Mopani district won the Golden Girl title. Mathye was excited about her performance and wished that a home for old people will be built in the area. The mother of three and grandmother of eight praised the pageant, saying it will encourage senior citizens to age gracefully.
“I’m so proud of myself and I know that my children are also proud of me,” Mathye said.
The Old Age Pageant was a fun packed event that saw the contestants showing off their outfits and dance moves. There was also a quiz segment when Judges asked the participants questions on different topics. One of the questions bordered on their secret to staying strong and healthy. The winners walked away with electric stoves as their prizes.
MEC for social development Joyce Mashamba had this to say about the event;
“We would rather gather, laugh, and celebrate life like this, than seeing our senior citizens fade away alone in some remote area.”
The MEC discouraged the ill-treatment of elderly people. What better way to reward their efforts in the past than to take care of them when they are old.