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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 John Buckley, who submitted the following entry.

I love my wife, Liewe Hexie.

An interesting woman to say the least. She is Afrikaner, and I am a dignified Irishman, born in Zambia and naturalized in South Africa. What I did to the Gods to be endowed with this yellow, beady-eyed cook, cleaner, carer and companion, is beyond comprehension. 

It would appear she is tolerant of my dashing good looks, youthful attributes, financial prowess and incredible intellect. Roughly translated, this means she sees through absolutely everything. Nothing escapes her and yet we remain together. What she sees in an ageing 50-year-old oke in a dead end job, short, grey-haired, near midget, is unfathomable .... but I remain most grateful.

Politics aside, the woman cares....about me, her dad, our doggy, the environment, world peace and an end to global hunger. She performs too. Although not yet competent in making sandwiches, she can drum up a mean potato salad if there is a prime steak in the offing.  

Liewe Hexie is particularly house proud.  An admirable trait with its downfalls. She has assumed I have green fingers and it is my pleasure to mow the lawn, sweep the driveway and so on. The unfortunate creature also thinks I have a proclivity to keeping it neat and tidy indoors. Where the woman got this from is a mystery and is cause for family debate on occasion. Seriaaas....does it really matter if my side of the bed smells of old socks or if I accidentally had a smoke within 5 metres of the back door during a torrential downfall?

How to enter:

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 the grand prize draw.

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

You can also DM us on Facebook or Twitter, or tag us on Instagram.

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 iol.co.za 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.