Spouse search: single farmers overwhelmed by response

2013-02-09 00:00

WOMEN around the world wasted no time in accepting the invitation for singletons to visit five lonely bachelor farmers in Wepener in the eastern Free State.

Responses from old and young, near and far — with and without diesel vehicles — glutted the

e-mail and Facebook page of the farmers.

The Witness yesterday reported on a road sign that someone had erected near the farms of Stefan Joubert (31), Stiaan Grobler (23) and his brother Werner (26), ­Rudo Opperman (22) and Roelf Jacobs (36). It reads: “Bachelor road, singles welcome.”

The responses included e-mails from three South African

“farm girls” working in Dubai, who were delighted by the lads’ originality. Anré Ziets­man wrote: “We think you are very creative and hope you all soon find love,” adding that they missed braais and “langarm” dances.

Yolanda Nel, of Namibia, said she was ready to go. “If I pack my bags now, buy Coke and bread, I should be there in 20 hours and 39 minutes.”

KykNET invited the five to join the reality programme Boer Soek ’n Vrou later this year.

Lindi Herbst, kykNET’s social media editor, wrote: “It is the ideal opportunity for these farmers!”

Rudo Opperman said it sounded like a good plan.

He said he had bragged while still at school that he would write to the reality programme if he was still without a steady girl five years after leaving matric.

Another fan, Karen Wiid, wrote: “You can put up your sign in Nelspruit any day.”

Yolande Marais, of the Northern Cape, and colleagues said they planned to be there at month end.

“We look forward to a long visit and who knows, maybe one of Cupid’s arrows will hit a little springbok during the visit.”

The bachelors had no problems with any of the proposals.

Lindie van Straaten thought a similar signboard should be put up outside Pietermaritzburg.

“There are very few boere men for us Afrikaans girls.”

Laura Jooste said the girls in Johannesburg were also in the lonely seat rowing a singles boat. “[Good men] are like hens’ teeth,” she said.

A 73-year-old woman from KwaZulu-Natal wished the “handsome young men” best of luck in their quest for wives.

The five farmers said they are overwhelmed and grateful for the response and promised to respond soon to all the e-mails.

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