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VIDEO: Newlands couple celebrate their 60-year love affair

“You really see how much a person cares for you when you fall ill and cannot even wash yourself."

A couple from Newlands in the east of Pretoria celebrated their 60-year wedding anniversary on 1 November.

The 83-year-old Fanie and Nettie Schoeman spoke to Rekord about their life story, which included a few serious health complications, some great memories from their travels together as well as their love and deep appreciation of their beloved grandchildren.

“We met in Bronkhorstpruit when both of us were around 23 years old, and we became friends through our mutual groups of friends. [Our friendship] flourished into a blossoming love story that we are very grateful for,” says Nettie about how their story started.

Fanie worked all across South Africa as a buyer for a construction company and developed an immense love for constructing buildings and houses in regions that had little.

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Nettie spent most of her career in the financial department of numerous companies, but also had the privilege of raising the couple’s son, Carl.

Nettie and Fanie love gardening, going for strolls, reading and travel, but due to medical issues, they had to cut back on most of their physical activities.

“My husband is a walking miracle. Not only did he suffer kidney failure and bladder muscle damage during an operation, he also survived listeriosis,” says Nettie.

Fanie and Nettie are still very much in love after an astonishing 60 years together. They describe their relationship as rock solid, especially after weather some big storms together.

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“You really see how much a person cares for you when you fall ill and cannot even wash yourself. We are very lucky to still have each other, support each other and very are grateful to still have our health,” says Fanie.

The couple will be spending their diamond anniversary in their home, together, but they will also be attending their grandchild’s school concert.

“What better way to celebrate your love than to spend it with loved ones?” Nettie concludes.

Watch the video to see what the couple’s secret is to a successful 60-year marriage:

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