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An Mpumalanga woman who was to turn 105 next Thursday has died - before realising her wish to celebrate her birthday with her granddaughter, whom she last saw in 1977 when the child was only a year old.
Martha Masinga, of house 47, Thulamahashe Section A, died last Thursday at Mapulaneng Hospital in Bushbuckridge from a stroke that left her partially paralysed.
Masinga was born Druintjies, at Bloemhof, in North West, in 1902. She worked as a domestic helper in Bronkhorstspruit, Pretoria, Witbank and many other towns.
She had planned to spend her birthday with her granddaughter, Lucy Masinga, who might be using her mother's surname, Kujane .
"I wish that my granddaughter could attend my last birthday function in a few week's time before I rest in peace in my grave," Masinga recently told Sowetan.
Lucy was a year old when her mother, Lydia Kujane, and she left their home. Lydia Kujane had marriage problems.
Masinga never saw either of them again.
Masinga is survived by five children: Willy, David, Maria, Rose and Merriam, 17 grandchildren and more than 20 great-grandchildren, including the famous sign writer, Bee Masinga.
Masinga's funeral is to take place at the Roman Catholic Church in Thulamahashe on Sunday morning.