Boer Soek ‘n Vrou is an Afrikaans dating show which follows traditional farmers who are in search of a suitable partner, one who is willing to adapt to their lifestyle.
Boer Soek ‘n Vrou is the South African version of the internationally acclaimed reality series, Farmer Wants A Wife, which originally premiered in the United Kingdom, but garnered most of its traction from the Australian adaptation. The dating show premiered in South Africa in 2008, and airs on popular Afrikaans channel, KykNET.
The format of the show sees 10 farmers from traditional, Afrikaans backgrounds meeting with women who come from cities and live a more modern lifestyle. The men and women are given the opportunity to meet and mingle before deciding whether there is an initial attraction. Upon pairing up, they are able to explore the possibility of a relationship and determine whether they would be able to merge their two worlds.
The series is known as one of the country’s most successful dating shows, as many of the participants have remained together afterwards. Sheep farmer, Tickey van Wyk, and his wife, Selmé-Louise, are still married and have two children together; this after meeting in the premiere season in 2008. Jacobus Wentzel and Ina have welcomed three children since meeting in the third season in 2010, as well Erik and Judi, who also met in that season, and have had two children since. Amongst the other success stories are; Maritza and Gert who married in 2012, and Gerrie and Carna Rossouw who tied the knot in 2015 after meeting in the 2014 season of the show.
Boer Soek ’n Vrou is presented by Marciel Hopkins and is currently in its thirteenth season. Although initially expected to premiere in mid-2020, the show has been postponed to early 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. KykNET has confirmed the season premiere date as Thursday, 21 January 2021. The channel has also implemented various changes to the format, which include the potential love interests not handing in letters and boxes full of goodies to woo their farmer and, instead, submitting a short digital video to introduce themselves.