Man looks for future wife on the corner

2015-03-14 00:00

“LOOKING for my future wife. No old aunties. No chancers. [Opsoek (sic) na my trouvrou. Geen ou tannies. Geen kansvatters].”

Ammiël Smith (23) from Bloemfontein has one ­objective — to meet the woman he will marry, even if it means he has to stand on a street-corner with a placard advertising his intent.

Smith, who completed his degree in marketing in 2013 at the North West University in Potchefstroom, recently moved from Upington to Bloemfontein. As he does not know many people yet, it makes it so much more ­difficult to find true love, he claims.

Then he had a brainwave. “I decided to stand at the intersection of the University of the Free State where you drive in the direction of Langenhovenpark, displaying my placard,” he said.

“People passing did quite a double-take. A lot of older aunts responded, but at least a couple of good-looking girls also stopped.”

And his efforts seem to be paying small dividends — Smith said quite a number of girls have already sent him friendship requests on ­Facebook.

One woman wrote she initially thought he was just another beggar, but it made her day when she saw his plea.

And what is his idea of the ideal wife?

“She must have smooth heels. I am not looking for a wife with rough, scratchy heels. And if she fries eggs and the yolk runs, so will I.”

To top this, his wife should have a great body, be ­spontaneous, adventurous and a Christian.

But, he stresses, she should not be vain and spend all her time in front of the mirror.



• I like pen-pals and collecting stamps. Of sober habits. Oh, and I like the outdoors and horse riding.

• Wonder if I will count as an old tannie?

• I think this is just a dare that’s been taken too far. But it does open a whole new avenue for dating. “Robot dating” instead of “online dating” … all the singles should do it. Looks fun.

• I don’t think one has to stand on the street with a placard to meet people; just get out of the house and socialise with people.

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