Single ladies, the time has finally arrived. 10 farmers from the popular reality show Boer Soek ’n Vrou have been introduced to the nation, and now it’s your turn to decide if you are interested in one of them and hopefully becoming their wife. There’s a special someone to suit every lady’s tastes.
The odds are in your favour. Since this matchmaking show’s inception in 2008, it has led to romances, weddings, children and new crops of families living their lives out among the lands and livestock. Sheep farmer Tickey van Wyk and his wife, Selmé-Louise, are still married and have 2 kids together after meeting in the first-ever 2008 season. Jacobus Wentzel is still head over heels for his beloved wife, Ina, and they’re at 3 kids and counting after meeting in the 2010 season. Erik and Judi (also from S3) have two little boys together. Maritza and Gert married in 2012, and Gerrie and Carna Rossouw tied the knot in 2015 after meeting in the 2014 season of the show. That’s just a tiny handful of the show’s successes.
It’s no wonder Boer Soek’s true romantic fans were holding their breath when the show didn’t air its introduction episode earlier this year. Blame production delays stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. “I have been inundated with messages from friends, family and the public expressing their sadness that Boer Soek ’n Vrou will not air this year when it missed its April deadline to introduce the 10 new farmers seeking a wife,” says Marciel Hopkins, the new presenter of the series (watch previous seasons on Showmax). “I was also worried that production would not be able to get back on track due to the regulations and restrictions,” adds Marciel. “But despite all these challenges, the brave production people made it work and now we are here and ready to help the farmers find love.”
A new start date
October has always been a special month on our TV calendars because that is when the new season of Boer Soek ’n Vrou would start, and viewers could follow all the love and drama of the farmers meeting and spending time with their potential love interests. But with the pandemic, the timeline has been adjusted and S13 will only now start on Thursday, 21 January 2021 on kykNET (DStv 144).
“It was a difficult decision, but one that had to be made to ensure the safety of all the parties involved, as well as giving the production enough time to film the rest of the season when the love interests arrive, meet and spend time with the farmers,” explains Marciel.
Life as we know it has changed drastically due to the pandemic, especially how we keep healthy and safe. Boer Soek ’n Vrou has had to make adjustments in how the farmers get to know potential love interests. “The safety of all the participants and the crew will be of the highest priority, and that is why strict safety measures will be taken,” explains Wilmer Müller, publicity agent for the show. Unlike in previous seasons, the potential love interests will not be handing in letters and boxes full of goodies to woo their farmer. “Digital entries accompanied by a video of the participant introducing themselves only will be accepted,” adds Wilmer.
What are you waiting for?
Looking for love? Then what are you waiting for! There are 10 farmers, all who are interested in a female partner, for you to choose from. They come from all over the country and farm with a variety of produce such as fruit, macadamia nuts and wildlife. Each of their profiles is available on kykNET’s website or you can watch the introduction episode on Catch Up.
Here are our first impressions…