Power Couple SA winners, Emile and Razia Samson, share their top five tips to keep a relationship strong.
When and how did you first meet?We first met in passing at a house party in Cape Town back in 1995, but we spoke for the first time at another house party in 1999.
What made you decide to go on Power Couple? Razia:
Razia:We enjoyed watching the Israeli Power Couple on YouTube. When Emile learnt about the auditions in Joburg, he persuaded me to enter.
Emile: For me, it was the free holiday that won me over. The holiday could be our second honeymoon. We thought winning money would be like cream cheese icing on a carrot cake! But our number one priority was to break away from our hectic schedules and routines.
Did you think you’d win?Not at first. When we told Emile’s granny about it she said that we’re going to win. She prayed and believed that the title was ours.
How did you win?We won by being ourselves, staying true to who we are, and by investing wisely.
Did being on a reality show not affect your relationship negatively?No, it didn’t have a negative impact on our relationship at all.
Please share five top tips to keep a relationship strong.
Support one another in good and bad times – when the one is having a bad day, it makes a huge difference when the other is offers a shoulder to cry on;
Laugh together as often as possible – leave the seriousness for the other parts of your life.
Be patient with your partner – this is a crucial to minimise fighting sessions and stress.
Although having different interests gives the two of you space to breathe, try to do some activities together. We train together and, given the opportunity, we partner up for some of the routines.
Embrace your partner's flaws. No one is perfect and it's unfair to expect our partners to live up to ideas of what perfection is. We have a chance to start afresh every day.