The broadcast of S13 of the ever-popular Afrikaans reality show Boer Soek ’n Vrou, the local reality show in which farmers get the opportunity to meet their potential soulmate, almost didn’t happen. The COVID-19 pandemic had 2020’s filming schedule on the ropes, and it usually takes quite some time because the farms are scattered around the country, which means a lot of hours on the road racking up the mileage. But after a lot of work, adjustments and sacrifices, it finally aired in January 2021.
“It was a challenge to get things back on track,” says Marciel Hopkins, who had a baptism of fire when she joined the series as presenter for the first time in S13. “Our show essentially brings people together, where COVID wanted us to keep the distance between people. But despite restrictions, we still made an amazing show and love still conquered all.”
By S13’s reunion episode (now available on Catch-Up), 6 out of the 10 farmers had found love and since then, there have been some other developments.
So if you’re a farmer looking for love, now is the time to sign up for S14!
Did love win S13?
“Love isn’t always guaranteed when it comes to Boer Soek ’n Vrou,” says Marciel. “With time, not all the relationships that are formed on the show will last, but what I think sets Boer apart from other dating shows is that we don’t choose who the participants will be, the ladies decide to send their letter to the farmer they fancy. And the farmer makes his own decision which of the ladies who wrote to him he wants to get know better.” In Marciel’s words, it’s “Boer Soek ’n Vrou magic”. But in S13, love blossomed for the farmers. Here is a little peek into what’s going on with them as we head into mid-April 2021…