Centenarian dream ends

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Botlokwa in Limpopo will never be the same after the death of Hlarese Hamilton Sehowa.

Sehowa died after an illness on June 16, while still on a mission to develop the community of Botlokwa.

Not only would Sehowa have turned 100 in 2010, he would also have been able to watch the Soccer World Cup on our shores. Born on October 19 1910, Sehowa was looking forward to be counted among the few centenarians, come 2010.

The popular businessman was determined to do his best to uplift the lives of the people. This is why he did not mind spending his last cent on this cause. After completing his secondary education, he went to work for a Jewish family in Arcadia, Pretoria.

He also worked for a shoe-making firm in Johannesburg, and lived at the Jeppe Hostel. He used to mend shoes after work to supplement his meagre salary.

Sehowa married the late Selokela Mphasha in 1940, with whom he had four daughters and three sons. He then moved to Orlando East when his family started to grow.

Sehowa left Jozi to open a business at Disteneng, New Pietersburg. Once there he set up a business selling coal and fire wood. The Farmers' Union in Sekgosese area honoured Sehowa for his contributions.

He built the first block at the Kgarahara Secondary School and the Luthern Church in the area. He also helped build a bridge for easy access to Sekonye village.

Sehowa will be buried tomorrow at GaPodu Cemetery in Botlokwa.