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Port Elizabeth’s senior citizens honoured at Senior Citizen of the Year Awards 2017

By Jesica Slabbert - Oct 23, 2017
Port Elizabeth’s senior citizens honoured at Senior Citizen of the Year Awards 2017

Local senior citizens, who are living exemplary lives in their older years, were once again honoured at the annual Senior Citizen of the Year (SCOTY) Awards, which were held on Saturday at the Kiplings Restaurant at the Boardwalk Hotel, in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth.

This year, the SCOTY Awards celebrated their fifth year. The awards are run by the Golden Oldies fund raising club, with winners announced in three age categories - 70-79 years, 80-89 years, 90 and over, as well as special mentions in the 100 over age group.

There is a prize for the overall winner.

This year, Juanita Krauspe, who created the SCOTY Awards, decided to step down and focus on her business commitments, leaving Loudeaux Minnie, from Angelic Wonders Events, along with PE’s notable PR personality, Michelle Brown, from Brown’s PR, to run the awards.

The SCOTY Awards aim to inspire the elderly to contribute to their local community and stay active during their retirement.  They hope to bridge the gap between the youth and senior citizens by inspiring the youth to gain wisdom and experience from their seniors.

The winners for the categories announced on Saturday were:

  • 70-79: Isabella Mabengeza
  • 80-89: Ellen De Meillon

Caption from left to right: Lynn Crothall (Finalist), Charles Jantjies (Finalist), Isabella Mabengeza (Winner)

Caption from left to right: Dawn Wait (Finalist), Les Barnes (Finalist), Ellen De Meillon (Winner)

A special mention was given to Oom Jan Steenberg, from Colchester, who will be turning 114 years old on the 31st of December this year as well as Dr Denzil Levy who has reached 100 years of age this year.

Caption from left to right: Mr PE Ubermann Jon-Paul Raper, Dr Denzil Levy