Their little heroine is hundreds of kilometres away but you can see Pippie Kruger everywhere. In the shocking pink bathing costume – Pippie’s favourite colour – that Anicè Kruger wears, and in the new neon-pink streaks in Anicè’s dark hair.
You can also see her in the pink lettering on her dad, Erwin’s, khaki-coloured Toyota Cruiser advertising the fundraising campaign to collect money for the brave toddler who captured the imagination of South Africans after she was injured in an accident that left her with burns over most of her body.
“I miss Pippie terribly,” Anicè (27) says. Waves break on the beach behind her. Beside her little Arno (15 months) waddles along on unsteady legs. Erwin (40) approaches bare-chested, carrying a beach towel and a toy truck.
For the first time since the freak accident on New Year’s Eve in which Pippie (now three) was burnt almost beyond recognition, the trio are having a holiday, courtesy of a Good Samaritan who offered them his flat in Manaba Beach, outside Margate in KZN.
And for the first time since the pioneering operation in which Pippie’s own cloned skin was transplanted onto her, Anicè has left her daughter in someone else’s care. Her grandparents are now looking after her in Johannesburg.
Read more about the Kruger family’s holiday and how Pippie is doing in YOU 29 November 2012.