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UPDATED: 08:13, July 07, 2006
S. African granny, 132, may be world's oldest: report
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At 132 years of age, South African granny Moloko Temo may be the world's oldest citizen, though her name has not appeared in the Guinness World Records, local media reported on Thursday.

Temo, who lives in Mohodi village in South Africa's northern province of Limpopo, celebrated her 132nd birthday on Tuesday, said The Citizen newspaper.

"Her skin still looks healthy, even though she is wrinkled, and her complexion is very light," said the newspaper, which carried a picture of her identity document that records her year of birth as 1874.

Another newspaper Sowetan said Temo has outlived three of her eight children, has 29 grandchildren, 59 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Agnes, Temo's 77-year-old daughter, told the newspaper that though her elderly mother cannot see and has to use a wheelchair, she still speaks well and enjoys the company of others.

Efforts were being made to have her recognized as the world's oldest living person by the Guinness Book of Records, which currently lists Maria Esther de Capovilla of Ecuador, born on September 14, 1889, as the oldest living woman.

"I wish I can live to see the 2010 Soccer World Cup (in South Africa). Everyone here is talking about it," Temo told Sowetan at her colorful birthday party in her village on Tuesday.

Source: Xinhua

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