South Africa’s oldest man, Fredie turns 116 this week


South Africa’s oldest man, Fredie Blom will be celebrating his 116th birthday this week.

The old man from Delft won’t be having his usual birthday party due to lockdown rules currently being enforced in South Africa.

However, this family has come up with a “drive-by birthday” initiative.

Community leader Gadija Francis and Fredie’s wife, Jeanette Blom, 87, are asking people to drop off food parcels and gifts when he turns 116 on Friday, and those who feel like it can even sing “happy birthday” at the gate.

Fredie and Jeanette have been together in holy matrimony for more than 50 years, however, they are yet to have children.

Fredie was born in Adelaide in the Eastern Cape and worked as a gardener until the ripe age of 106 when he was still chopping wood in the bush.

Fredie reportedly survived the Spanish Flu in 1918 which claimed the lives of millions of people around the world and looks set to survive this Coronavirus pandemic.

He stated that he was 14 years old at the time, and to avoid getting the disease, his family made him sleep outside on a haystack and brought out his meals and the pandemic claimed the life of his little sister.

Announcing arrangement for the the ‘drive-by-birthday’, the community leaders, Gadjia said;

“So we are asking that people rather drop off food parcels instead of cake. This is a period where they can make use of food and clothing.

We are asking that people make an appointment before we have a situation where there are too many people in front of their door. This includes the media. It will be a knock-and-drop policy.”