Paul and Veronica
Paul and Veronica

I married #MyHeart on Valentine's Day

By Veronica Coetzer Time of article published Feb 20, 2019

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For the month of February, IOL is inviting our readers to tell us who they love and why to stand a chance of winning amazing prizes in our #MyHeart competition.

Our next winner is Veronica Coetzer, who submitted the following entry:

Well, where will I start?  I prayed for years for a good husband until I gave up. It was then that Paul invited me on Facebook.

Paul was looking for classmates and saw me (coming from the same school as him).

At first I wasn’t very keen to meet him or to be more than a friend to him but with time we became closer until he started visiting me in Cape Town. He saved money every year to visit me at the end of the year and, despite the fact that he struggles with his crutches, still visited me.

Three years later he asked me to marry him.  We got engaged and decided to tie the knot on 14 February this year.

Paul is more than just my husband. He is my soul mate and is very helpful at home. He was in a big accident causing him to leave his work and apply for disability. I get home to a clean house in the afternoon, dishes done, floor washed, washing ironed and sometimes even a cooked meal and this all despite the fact that he walks with crutches. 

He is incredible and I am so happy that we finally got married.  He rubs my feet and back when I get home at night and treats me like a queen.  I could never have asked for a better husband.


Veronica Coetzer  

How to enter our #MyHeart competition:

Tell us who you love and why. The IOL team is passionate about news for the heart of South Africa and we want to hear about who holds your heart. Whether it's the love of your life, your BFF, your cat, your mom, your boss or your second-removed cousin on your grandmother's side, we want to know why you appreciate them so much.

If you are our pick for the best story of the day, you will win one of our amazing prizes and be entered into our grand prize draw sponsored by Protea Hotels by Marriott. 

Whether it's an urban escape, going off the beaten track or a romantic seaside soiree you’re after, Protea Hotels by Marriott has just what you're looking for. Visit for some unbelievable couple's experiences and imagine the possibilities this Valentine’s month.  

So send an email to [email protected] telling us your #MyHeart story.

You can also DM us on Facebook or Twitter.

Or download our app on Android or IOS and use our MOJO feature to send us your entry.

TIP: The more words the better, and if you have pics and videos, you can send that too. 

The competition runs from February 1 to 28.

Winners will be notified by March 1.

Winners will be notified by email or phone, so please send us your contact details with your entry.

Competition Rules:

Selected story entries, pictures and videos will be published on and our social media pages. The winners' names will be published on our website and social media pages.

Your privacy is important to us. When you enter a competition with us, we ask for your name, email address and mobile number. We use email addresses to notify winners to let them know they have won a prize. We use the mobile numbers provided in order to contact the winner and for prize delivery.

The competition is only open to people residing in South Africa.

Employees of Independent Media, the sponsors & their agents, or any company associated with the competition & their immediate families are not eligible to enter. • Prizes are not redeemable for cash. •  The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. •  Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged. • The entrant accepts that entry to the competition does not constitute a contract or any form of legal commitment between the entrant and IOL.

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