Rosaleen Elise Jantjies got married at the young age of 13-14 and had seven children with her husband, Hendrik Natal. The couple moved to a farm and Jantjies found it hard to adapt. It is at the farm that she learned to work with meat. They were married for 26 years before they divorced.

She is also a hardworker and gets angered by people who just sit around.

“I get very angry when people just sit around. Many times, when I walk down to work, I see people that sit outside in the sun dressed in their gowns and then I ask myself, ‘is the house cleaned already that they have the time to sit in the sun like that?’”

Jantjies remarried and moved to Laingsburg in the Western Cape. She noticed that there was a shortage of bread. When a contract came out for baking bread in an outside oven at a museum, that is when she started baking bread.

Jantjies says that people should not just look to the government for change.

“It is not going to help to look to the government to bring about change. We, as people, if we can pray again like we did in the past, things will change. I think we (should) start praying in our small towns; pray in our own homes; we should involve our young people; talk to them and explain to them that this is not what God wants us to do.”

Jantjies encourages people not to give up.

“I can’t use intellectual language, but the following is my anchor and my motto in my life; ‘Don’t give up. Keep going. Don’t complain and look towards the future!’ Those four things are the motto in my life. Don’t give up. Keep going. Don’t complain and look towards the future! So, I just look towards the future.”

 

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