Miss SA Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters shares her plans for Father’s Day @DemiLeighNP @Official_MissSA @MillionThrills

What will you being 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 that I learnt from them is that you will get nothing by sitting back and waiting for a miracle to happen. Another valuable lesson they taught me was to always treat other people like 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 you 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 definitely didn’t end well and was rather awkward.

Your message to the fathers of South Africa?
There’s a big difference between caring for and babying one’s daughter. Both of my dads raised me to be a strong, independent and courageous woman without ever pressuring me to be someone that I am 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 buying for your father this year?
I like to make gifts personal. I am planning on getting my dad tickets for a classical music concert that I know he would love to go and see.

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