Lonely farmers: the flames of love are flickering

2013-03-22 00:00

THE fires of love are beginning to glow for the singleton farmers of the Free State’s “Bachelors’ Road”.

After reports of the lonely quintet’s plight in the Wepener district, they have been flooded with offers from sympathetic women, and are now kept busy, in between driving their tractors, flirting by text and e-mail.

One brave city girl even arrived with Coke, responding to the words of one of the bachelors that “the town is far away, bring Coke and bread”.

Stefan Joubert (31), Stiaan Grobler (23) and his brother, Werner (26), Rudo Opperman (22) and Roelf Jacobs (36) say they’ve had a busy time, although they were slightly overshadowed recently, because “Oscar [Pistorius] stole the limelight”.

But they say the reaction by women from far and wide was a big surprise.

They’ve tried to answer all the messages, and some of them are starting to put out feelers quietly to their favourites.

Werner and Rudo have taken the lead, even visiting some of the women, although they didn’t want to say too much.

Rudo’s dad, Johan Opperman, said the two are always busy on their cellphones, in between farm work.

He said they are enjoying getting to know the girls.

Interested parties are still welcome to visit, but now they are urged to bring Coke “and something a bit stronger, as well as a bakkieful of rain”.

As usual, Stephan stays mum.

He says he has “peeped” at some of the e-mails, but shakes his head when asked if he has his eye on someone special.

He hasn’t followed their advice to make hay while the sun shines, quips Werner.

And Stiaan, while his little brother is playing the field, is busy getting to know a blonde lass from the district, not someone who wrote to him.

Finally Roelf is also very secretive when asked if someone special has tugged on his heartstrings.

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