She celebrated this milestone with President Jacob Zuma at his Mahlamba Ndlopfu Presidential House in Pretoria. The president surprised Phalatse with a basket filled with flowers and a cake.
“It is just an honour to be here, I am truly blessed,” said Phalatse.
“I am out of words. I was so nervous I even posted on Instagram that I don’t know what to say, but he is a lovely person and easy to communicate with.”
Zuma said they spent some time discussing “wonderful things”.
“She is an absolutely wonderful young lady.”
The Jacob Zuma Foundation has agreed to help meet some of Phalatse’s wishes by combining their forces with the Ontlametse Phalatse Trust.
One of Phalatse’s biggest wishes is to own a home.
“The foundation working with the trust will certainly ensure that that is a priority,” said Zuma.
“We think that the Department of Human Settlements can do something as a special case or Social Development as well.”
She also dreams of having her own transport.
“At times she has to go to Johannesburg for medical attention, and they have to make use of public transport,” Zuma explained.
He promised that his foundation would also prioritise this request.
The foundation will also work with the trust in helping with Phalatse’s trips to the United States for medical research.
Advocate Bonginkosi Ngubane, one of the founders of the trust said there is only R31 000 in it at present.
“Ontlametse is known to be a celebrity, but when you go to her home she’s got nothing. I can assure you, if you go there you will be shocked.”