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Johannesburg - Sekhabile Lekgoate jokes about braaivleis being his new fragrance.
That’s because the 26-year-old is behind a braai stand almost every day of his life.
“Whenever I meet friends and family they always tell me I smell of braai meat,” said Lekgoate.
“I simply tell them it’s my new fragrance, one that I love,” he says.
Having started braaiing at the age of 10, Lekgoate says that cooking meat and veggies over an open flame has become his life.
It comes as no real surprise that the Soweto-born entrepreneur is attempting to beat the Guinness World Record for the longest continuous braai.
This afternoon, Lekgoate will attempt to braai for 65 hours non-stop in an attempt to beat the record of 62 hours held by another South African.
He will only be allowed a five-minute break every hour, which totals five hours of the 65 hours.
His attempt to break the record starts this afternoon and will end on Tuesday, which is National Braai Day.
Lekgoate, the owner and founder of BraWor, a professional catering company that offers corporate and private braai events, will attempt to break the record at Constitutional Hill in Braamfontein.
He will be braaiing three different types of meat and three different types of veggies. Lekgoate will braai around 100kg of meat.
“The rule book says you have to braai at least five different things consecutively, but I have decided on six.”
“I will be braaiing boerewors, roast beef and chicken and then three other veggies. The reason I chose chicken and roast beef is because they take time to cook over a braai.”
Though it’s a tough feat to achieve, Lekgoate is confident.
“I’ve been training for the last three weeks,” he said.
“Last weekend I practiced and managed to braai for 48 hours non-stop, so I think I can do it.”
“Physically I know I will be fine, but mentally I need to make sure I focus.”
Lekgoate, who is part of the Awethu Entrepreneur programme, said he approached Guinness World of Records a few months ago.
“I really wanted to do something big, something really big.”
“Since I love braaiing I said let me try and beat the world record. I sent in a request and two months later it was approved and I was given the go-ahead.”
Lekgoate will have several volunteers by his side as well as timekeepers to make sure he follows all rules.
Bra Wors as he is known, said he had never imagined doing something so crazy.
“My mom was quite worried after I told her about the side effects of sleep deprivation,” he said.
“But I feel well-prepared. I have done my research and trained myself, so I should be fine.”
He admits he will require supplements to keep his energy levels up.
His family and friends will also be there to provide support.
“I’m really happy that my family and all my friends and their families will be by my side when I attempt to break this world record.”
“Having them by my side will provide me with the energy to get through this.”
Lekgoate is adamant that there is no way that he will fail.
“Failure is not an option for me. I’m going in with the mindset that I am going to break the world record.”
All the meat that Lekgoate will be braaiing will be given to the volunteers and his friends and family who will be supporting him over the three days.
“Thankfully Camp Master has offered to sponsor all the meat and the equipment so I am really grateful.”
How does Lekgoate plan on celebrating should he break a world record?
He says he looks forward to getting a good rest for a day or two.
“Well, I’m really looking forward to the Soweto derby between Chiefs and Pirates, so I’ll try and stay up for the game on Tuesday night.
“After that I’m looking forward to a few days of quality rest. Also I have had a very busy year so I’m spoiling myself with a holiday to Mozambique so I can clear my mind and set my goals for the next few months.”
Lekgoate’s record-challenging braai-a-thon will take place at the Old Fortyard at Constitution Hill in Braamfontein, starting from 5pm this afternoon and ending on Tuesday.