Adriaan Bergh happy to share his philosophy and tips for success

2012-01-16 00:00

“IT’S easy for the kids to relate to me because I am still young and energetic and I speak their language.”

So says Mr South Africa, Adriaan Bergh (24), who is set to visit 50 schools in all the nine provinces reaching about 30 000 pupils in the next week seven weeks.

He will be at Pietermaritzburg schools on Wednesday and Thursday.

Bergh told The Witness that he will be motivating the children about their dreams for the future, and encouraging them to work hard and strive for a balanced lifestyle.

“My parents showed me the importance of balancing sport, academics and leadership, so I know what a difference it makes to have balance in your life,” he said.

When talking about balance, Mr SA, seems to be juggling his sports and academic life very well.

At school in Bela Bela, Limpopo where he was born, he won colours in six sporting disciplines, cricket, rugby, golf, tennis, cross-country running and biathlons.

Currently he is part of the Blue Bulls squad and is part of the under-23 Limpopo golf team and is finishing his BSc honours degree.

Bergh said keeping fit, healthy and looking this good of course, is a choice.

“It’s very important for every person to make time to be active, whether it is to go to gym or taking a walk, physically and mentally we all need it.”

The motto he lives by is “If you look good, you feel good.” The fact that he works out six days a week for an hour works wonders too.

Mr SA said education is important and believes that everything starts at a basic level and forms the foundation of our success.

Which school wouldn’t want to have Mr SA speak to their pupils? If you’re a principal or teacher and you’d like Mr SA to visit your school on January 18 or 19, e-mail Pieter Cornelius your request at There are a few gaps still open.

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