Farmer looks for love on SA reality show

2010-06-12 00:00

KEITH, a Wartburg farmer whose life generally revolves around sugar cane, cattle and avocados, is looking for love in the third season of the reality show Boer Soek ‘n Vrou.

He is one of 10 farmers from around the country who hope to find a partner through the kykNET television programme.

From now until June 22, interested members of the public are encouraged to write love letters to the farmers describing why they would be a specific farmer’s perfect match.

The five farmers who receive the most interest will go on to the next stage of the show.

After a process of getting to know some of the people who sent through letters, each farmer will invite three potential mates to live on his or her farm for two weeks.

After those two weeks, Keith said he hopes he will have found a suitable mate. “This show is really about farmers looking to find love,” he said. “And it is not easy because of the nature of a farmer’s work. It is difficult to meet women, and farmers generally live in small communities.”

The soft spoken but confident 34-year-old is anything but the wallflower one would expect to find on a “dating show”; instead he is an astute businessman, who has been in total control of his family’s 140-year-old farm for the past eight years.

Under his watchful eye, his farm produces sugar and avocados, is home to cattle and game, and functions as a beautiful guest lodge and wedding venue, complete with chapel.

Keith, who is unable to divulge his surname for contractual reasons, said he had always been adventurous and considered entering competitions like Survivor.

When the third season of Boer Soek ‘n Vrou was advertised, he saw it as an opportunity to do something different and possibly meet someone special.

“I like the idea because it’s not about glitz and glamour and make-up like The Bachelor. It’s about meeting real women who enjoy life on a farm and who, hopefully, want to be a farmer’s wife,” he said.

“The other nice thing is that it’s not a competition. There is no money involved and no winner or loser; it’s just about finding love.”

Keith is the only English-speaking farmer taking part in the Afrikaans series.

The show is set to air in September.

To write to Keith visit or contact Lilani at Waterfront Television at 021 421 3797.



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