PART of the Namibian history of more than a century died on Sunday in Omaruru. Namibia's oldest inhabitant, Daniël Harekeb (112), died in Ozondje in Omaruru.
Every year, the man of small posture and Nama heritage feared the cold and on Sunday it was meant that he would not survive the winter of 2002. Old age was reason given for his death.
Going with the old man, also known as Old Hundred, to his grave is a life-goal, wanting to return to the farm where he knew the veld and nature by the palm of his hand, where he worked as a sheepherder.
By the end of last year the old man moved from a farm near Karibib to Omaruru to stay with his sister.
His guardians until his death were Mr. Dirk van Niekerk and his wife, Engela, of Karibib. After the Daniël moved from the farm where the Van Nierkerk's took care of him, the couple on a regular basis went to visit the old man and took care of his needs.
Daniël Harekeb took pride in a sweat suit that the NBC gave him after articles were published on him in the Erongo and Republikein.