Monday, May 25, 2015

Milking the Goats

75 year old Magrieta decided to call Pella in the Northern Cape home, ever since she came to look after her sickly parents many decades ago. She inherited her family’s goats.

Magrieta lives next door to her 85 year old sister, Ouma Sophie. The sisters are like soul mates and do everything together. They even walk their goats into the fields for as much as their worn out bones can handle. The sisters work together when it comes to milking the goats. Ouma Sophie holds the goats by the horns and Ouma Magrieta does the milking.

The story of Magrieta is more than just her goats. It is about companionship and relationships in their golden years.  The family are also involved in the Namastap dance where younger family and community members entertain the elders by hosting competitions.

The heat in Pella is unbearable especially in the afternoons. By this time, Magrieta and Sophie usually take a nap while their two younger daughters attend to the goats, giving their mothers a break. 

The Golden Years, SABC2 Tuesday 26 May 2015 at 12h30.

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