Learn to be the best ver­sion of your­self

Miss SA shares her tips for Fa­ther’s Day cel­e­bra­tions

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - KAR­ISHMA DIPA kar­ishma.dipa@inl.co.za

MANY peo­ple across the world will use next week Sun­day as an op­por­tu­nity to pay homage to their fa­thers and cel­e­brate them with kind words, gifts, meals and their time and ef­fort. Among them is Miss SA 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who will also use the op­por­tu­nity to laud her dad. Be­low, she chats about her plans for the day as well as her mes­sage to all South African fa­thers.

What will you be do­ing on Fa­ther’s Day?

Both my dad Ben­nie Peters and step­dad Jo­han Steenkamp love the sim­ple things in life. For them there is noth­ing quite like spend­ing time with fam­ily. My step­dad is based in Sedge­field, so I will spend the week­end with my dad and step­mom in Potchef­stroom. I will spoil my fa­ther with his favourite food, which is a good cut of rump on the braai, pap and sous, potato salad and tiramisu for dessert.

What is the most im­por­tant thing your fa­thers taught you?

Both my dad and my step­fa­ther are ex­tremely hard work­ing. They have truly earned any­thing that has ever come their way. The one thing I learnt from them is that you will get noth­ing by sit­ting back and wait­ing for a mir­a­cle. An­other valu­able les­son was to al­ways treat other peo­ple as you would like to be treated.

What is the fond­est mem­ory of your fa­ther when you were grow­ing up?

My dad has only daugh­ters, so he has no one to talk rugby with. I re­mem­ber be­fore hockey tri­als in pri­mary school, my dad taught me all his high school rugby tricks and skills in the hope that it would help me in my hockey tri­als. It must have worked be­cause I made the first team.

Did your fa­thers ever em­bar­rass you and how?

With­out a doubt. One New Year’s Eve my step­dad and I were light­ing star lights on the beach. Jo­han ac­ci­den­tally put the star light in his jacket pocket and threw the lighter away. It didn’t end well.

Your mes­sage to the fa­thers of South Africa?

There’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween car­ing for and baby­ing one’s daugh­ter. Both my dads raised me to be a strong, in­de­pen­dent and coura­geous woman with­out ever pres­sur­ing me to be some­one that I’m not. I will al­ways be grate­ful for that. My wish is for all the dads out there to raise their daugh­ters to be the best ver­sion of them­selves.

What will you be buy­ing for your fa­ther this year?

I like to make gifts per­sonal. I am plan­ning to get my dad tick­ets for a clas­si­cal mu­sic con­cert that I know he would love to go and see.

PROUD: Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters with her fa­ther Ben­nie Peters and step­mother Elz­abé.

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