5 things you need to know about Boer Soek ’n Vrou
Boer Soek ’n Vrou, the Afrikaans version of the international reality dating series Farmer Wants a Wife, will start its twelfth season in October on kykNET (144). Here are five things you didn’t know about this hugely successful show:
1. Lonely farmers are everywhere
It’s not just South African farmers far away from big cities whose dating options are limited and who are lonely and looking for love. The original format version of the show dates back all the way to 1983 and the programme Bauer sucht Bäuerin, in Switzerland. Since then, there have been more than 29 versions globally, from the UK and the US to Australia, the Netherlands, France and of course, South Africa.
2. Farmer wants a husband
The new season on kykNET in October might feature Damian, a cattle and sheep farmer from Bapsfontein, who is looking for a husband – if he manages to get enough letters and is chosen as one of the top farmers to be included in this instalment. If he succeeds, Damian will be the first gay farmer to make the show locally (the French version featured a gay farmer in 2015).
3. Leah will be back
Actress and singer/songwriter Leah, who lives in Durbanville, Cape Town, will be back as the presenter of the upcoming season of Boer Soek ’n Vrou. She is the fourth presenter since the series started. While helping farmers to find love, Leah, a so-called “city gal” fell in love with rural South Africa. She’s discussed it with her husband Hennie and says, “Maybe one day, even if we don’t farm, we’d like to live in a little house on a farm”.
4. Willing to make sacrifices
While the show centres on people writing letters for the farmers and the farmers looking for possible love connections, it’s actually not just the prospective partners who have to adapt and try to fit into the lives of the men and their existing farming lifestyles. If you watch carefully, you’ll see that the farmers themselves are often willing to make big sacrifices to find and be with the love of their lives. “It’s striking how open-minded the farmers are,” Leah has said in an interview. “Initially you think the contestants will simply have to fit into the farm set-up, but the farmers are willing to make a lot of sacrifices to adapt as well.”
5. A seesaw experience
The show is a true rollercoaster of emotions, with many unexpected twists and unpredictable surprises. Leah describes it as a “see-saw experience”, saying: “You get to see how every participant grows and breaks down walls and then you really just hope for the best for each and every farmer.” For the previous season, Leah crisscrossed South Africa. She travelled more than 25,000km on all kinds of roads and was gone from home for more than 10 weeks to help the various farmers find love.
The 12th season of Boer Soek ’n Vrou starts on kykNET (144) in October 2019