Love triumphs for EC's Sive Vaaltein and partner on 'The Longest Date'
After a gruelling 13 episodes of adventure, pain and laughter in search of love, an Eastern Cape social worker and her partner were not only crowned the winning couple of SABC 3 reality show The Longest Date, but winners of each other’s hearts.
Love won on the final episode of The Longest Date on Monday when former Walter Sisulu University East London campus lecturer Sive Vaaltein, 27, and Johannesburg sales adviser Daniel Senoamadi claimed the R100,000 prize.
The couple, who beat seven other couples to get the prize, were matched on the first episode of the show and spent the rest bonding and getting to know each other while competing in extreme outdoor activities over the course of two weeks of shooting.
Patience, honesty and support were among the qualities tested through various challenges. Against all odds, the winning couple triumphed, concluding with Senoamadi choosing Vaaltein over money.
“That moment when he waited for me and encouraged me to catch up with him while we were competing against each other sealed the deal for me.
“That’s when any doubts I may have had about his love and care for me went out the window,” Vaaltein said.
After Vaaltein and Senoamadi won against runner-up couple Lindelani Mqwa and Lana Katz in the final episode of the show, the couple were challenged to compete against one another for the big prize. In a heart-wrenching challenge in which the couple shed tears and sweat on opposite sides for the first time, Senoamadi came up first, claiming the prize.
In a heartwarming turn of events, when asked if he would take all the money or split it with his partner, he chose love.
“We are still together and very much in love. “The distance between us is the hardest part,” Vaaltein said.
The social worker is now based in Cape Town and Senoamadi in Johannesburg and often travel between the two cities to spend time with each other.
Although they had to put patience and work into the romantic side of their partnership, the chemistry eventually became visible, only for a secret that posed a threat to their trust to be revealed at the 11th hour.
In the 12th episode couple Joedy Ramjith and Ruan Scheepers revealed that Senoamadi had confessed to having feelings for Tamaryn Muller, who had since been eliminated from the show.
“By that time we had both decided to allow ourselves to pursue this relationship.‘When that information surfaced and he told me he had got over his feelings for Tamryn, we had to work at re-establishing trust between us,” Vaaltein said.
During a pre-show interview with Weekend Post in 2018, Vaaltein said she would use the prize money to start her own fitness clothing line.But she has since put that dream on hold and developed other interests while living in Cape Town.
“I’m a full-time social worker now and have less time on my hands than I did before I started in this field, so I’m not in the right space to start a business yet.”
The fitness fanatic now hopes to pursue her other interests which include going back to school to further her studies and explore TV presenting, modelling and stunts.
By the time the final episode of the show aired on May 6, only Vaaltein and Senoamadi, and Mqwa and Katz were still together.