Ma De Kock celebrates her 110th birthday

Nora de Kock and Sidney Van Der Colf

Despite strict level 4 lockdown regulations, Nora de Kock, of Kuils River, managed to pull off a bash yesterday for her 110th birthday.

With a breakfast fit for a queen and cakes to share with many, Ma De Kock welcomed residents who wished her well. 

Carol Van Wyk, of Kalkfontein, allowed no more than two persons in her home at a time to share a cup of tea and cake with Ma De Kock, who is well known for her “humble heart.”

The visitors had practised physical distancing of one metre, she said. 

Ma De Kock’s hearing has deteriorated over time, but she said she was enjoying her birthday when asked how she was coping during lockdown. 

Ms Van Wyk, who spoke on her behalf, said she was happy to come out of her Sarepta home for the day. 

Sidney van der Colf, of Highbury Ratepayers’ and Residents’ Association, said Ma De Kock was “highly respected” in the Kuils River community. 

Community activist Johannes Pula said he had “the most utmost respect” for Ma De Kock and could only dream of living as long as she had. 

“I have known Ma De Kock for many years and enjoy making her birthday a special occasion,” he said.