Windvogel’s Oom Toot is 100 years old

Yoliswa Sobuwa

ONE of the first residents in Port Elizabeth’s Windvogel area turned 100 yesterday and celebrated with friends and family.

Henry Leander, better known as Oom Toot, spent some time reflecting on the past century and joking with those around him. But he also had some serious things to say.

“A lot of people I grew up with are no longer with us,” he said. “I grew up as a very respectful child and I listened to my parents. Today’s generation don’t have respect for their elders. They throw their future down the drain by using drugs and drinking lots of alcohol.

“I think the kids of today are very spoilt. We used to play in the streets but these days kids are so demanding. They want to have pocket money, cellphones and computers. We got clothes only once a year, on Christmas day.”

Leander was born in Lilliespoort, Uitenhage. A Cambridge Rugby Club player in his day, he later moved to the Veeplaas area before settling in Windvogel 50 years ago.

Leander, who left school at 14 to work for his parents, encouraged today’s generation to remember the importance of education.

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