Search is on for the hero who can do SA proud

Four­teen con­tes­tants set out to prove their met­tle for R1m prize

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - ME­LANIE PETERS

THE HUNT is on for the Bar-One man – an un­sung hero who res­cues kit­tens from trees, helps stranded women, and car­ries a keg of beer to safety at a party that has gone up in flames.

The new re­al­ity se­ries, The Bar-One Man­hunt, an­nounced this week, is set to air on SABC 3 in Jan­uary. Now, 14 con­tes­tants who fit the pro­file of the über-man are be­ing sought.

Bar-One spokes­woman Monique Kon­ing has en­cour­aged South African men who are out­go­ing, so­cia­ble, com­pas­sion­ate, ad­ven­tur­ous, phys­i­cally fit and coura­geous to en­ter on www.barone.co.za.

Ap­pli­cants must be aged be­tween 23 and 38.

“Con­tes­tants will be test­ing their strength, stamina, and determination to face phys­i­cal and all-round chal­lenges to over­come stiff com­pe­ti­tion for a grand prize val­ued at over R1 mil­lion and the glory of be­com­ing the next Bar-One man.”

She said sev­eral ex­cit­ing, nail­bit­ing and adrenalin-charged chal­lenges were planned for each episode – of­ten pit­ting brain against brawn.

Con­tes­tants are set to travel both lo­cally and to ex­otic lo­ca­tions across the world.

“We’re looking for all-rounders who do not shy away from chal­lenges, but also have a softer side.

“Con­tes­tants should be funny, great con­ver­sa­tion­al­ists and quick on their feet, sim­i­lar to the heroic and iconic im­age de­picted in our lat­est TV com­mer­cial,” said Kon­ing.

She said the win­ner would epit­o­mise the man who lives a full and ac­tive life. He would work and play hard, as this was the im­age that the re­al­ity TV show hoped to cap­ture.

Some of South Africa’s male celebri­ties shared what they thought epit­o­mised an un­sung hero and their own “Bar-One” mo­ments with the Week­end Ar­gus.

Ac­tor Ramey Short said he as­so­ci­ated mas­culin­ity with Nel­son Man­dela, who was not only an ac­tivist but a boxer in his youth.

“He was a hu­man rights ac­tivist and he al­ways put peo­ple first. He spent 27 years on Robben Is­land and when he walked free he put the needs of the coun­try first and its peo­ple first.

“He is very hum­ble, even though the world is in awe of him.”

Short de­scribed his own heroic mo­ment in a chil­dren’s home where he grew up.

“The place we stayed in caught on fire one night. I re­mem­ber I had just started high school and I helped the older boys get the younger kids and the girls out of the build­ing.”

TV pre­sen­ter and for­mer Mr South Africa, Di­eter Voigt said he be­lieved a real hero was the everyday guy who gets up in the morn­ing and makes a con­scious de­ci­sion to do the right thing, make a dif­fer­ence and be true to him­self.

As an ex­am­ple, he cited rugby player Luke Wat­son, who was heav­ily crit­i­cised for his neg­a­tive com­ments about the Spring­bok jer­sey but gained sym­pa­thy and re­spect when he made a come­back.

Voigt said his mo­ment of courage and be­ing true to him­self was when he com­peted in the re­cent Cape Pi­o­neer Trek.

“There were some re­ally gru­elling mo­ments. I was with a group of guys who de­cided to stick to­gether and help each other through the race. When some­one had a punc­ture we helped out in­stead of rid­ing on and leav­ing him be­hind.”

Derek van Dam, e.tv’s weath­er­man, said he equated ma­cho­ism with an un­shaven John Wayne.

“When he walked into a room you could feel his pres­ence. Even though I have to be clean-shaven, I try to go un­shaven on week­ends.”

Van Dam said one of his un­sung hero mo­ments was when he went to the res­cue of a mo­torist who had just flipped his car and was pinned in his ve­hi­cle.

“I stayed with him un­til the paramedics ar­rived.”

ÜBER-MEN: Celebs cite Luke Wat­son and Nel­son Man­dela as their he­roes.

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