Bond holds couple together

SPECIAL BOND: Ensie and Sarel Pretorius celebrated 50 years of marriage earlier this month.
SPECIAL BOND: Ensie and Sarel Pretorius celebrated 50 years of marriage earlier this month.

STUTTERHEIM couple Ensie and Sarel Pretorius say they have a special connection that nobody else understands, which helped them to achieve 50 years of marriage earlier this month.

The loving couple enjoyed their wedding anniversary on October 9 in the company of close family.

Sarel says he and Ensie – nee Erasmus – both grew up on farms in Barkly East.

“We always knew each other but because she was much younger than me I did not know her personally,” says Sarel, who served in the police services, before retiring in 1997.

After realising he fancied Ensie, he tracked down her phone number from his niece, who knew her, and the couple started courting in 1963.

“He phoned me to ask me out on a date and I agreed,” Ensie says.

The couple exchanged marriage vows on October 9 1965 at the Reformed Church in Barkly East, and Sarel remembers a hailstorm and rain falling on their wedding day.

Housewife Ensie says she was very excited on her big day.

“Everything worked out well because we were too in love to worry about everything else,” Ensie says.

The golden wedding anniversary couple have four children, Sarel,

Tjaart, Johannes and Izak, and five grandchildren.

Sarel says he loves the fact that his wife is a straight-forward and hardworking person, who works well with her hands and succeeds in everything she makes.

“My wife put two of our boys through university by baking koeksisters and knitting,” Sarel says.

“Marriage is a bond that can not be explained,” Sarel says, adding that he can look at Ensie from a distance and they would know exactly what to do

and what the other was thinking.

Ensie says they give glory to God for everything they have achieved in their marriage.

“I love that my husband is honest, very helpful and that he has lots of patience,” Ensie says.

-Razaan Hackenberg

UNITED IN LOVE: Ensie Erasmus and Sarel Pretorius on their wedding day on October 9 1965 in Barkly East
UNITED IN LOVE: Ensie Erasmus and Sarel Pretorius on their wedding day on October 9 1965 in Barkly East

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