Balancing iron and duty – The grit of a Kouga Municipality law enforcement bodybuilder

Balancing iron and duty – The grit of a Kouga Municipality law enforcement bodybuilder

KOUGA – Balancing iron and duty.

In the world of bodybuilding, dedication is paramount.

The regimen demands unwavering commitment to training, nutrition, and rest.

Now imagine layering upon this demanding lifestyle the responsibilities of a law enforcement officer – long shifts, nights, weekends, and public holidays.

It seems implausible, yet Dehan de Bruyn (23), a competitive bodybuilder and a dedicated law enforcement officer at Kouga Local Municipality since January 2021, deifies the odds with remarkable resolve.

Bodybuilding, often hailed as a 24-hour sport, intertwines the intricacies of nutrition, energy expenditure, and sleep.

For De Bruyn, navigating through these elements while juggling the rigors of law enforcement is a feat in itself. Yet, he lives by a simple mantra: “You can have excuses or results, not both”.

World of fitness

De Bruyn took his first steps into the world of fitness in January 2020.

Armed with little more than determination and a thirst for transformation, he embraced the challenge head-on. It was a daunting endeavour, filled with setbacks and doubts, but De Bruyn refused to be deterred.

Balancing iron and duty

“Slowly but surely, I began to carve out a new path for myself,” said De Bruyn.

“The once dormant muscles stirred to life under the guidance of a dedicated training regime. Every rep, every set, brought me one step closer to my goal of gracing the body building stage as a competitor.

As weeks turned into months, De Bruyn’s physique underwent a remarkable metamorphosis. The soft contours of his body gave way to chiselled muscles, a testament to the countless hours of sweat and sacrifice poured into his training.

Bodybuilding competitions

Encouraged by his progress, De Bruyn set his sights on a new horizon: bodybuilding competitions.

“Stepping onto the stage for the first time at the PCA Provincial Championship in September 2022, where I secured two podium finishes and earned a spot in the PCA South African Championship, I felt a surge of adrenaline coursing through my veins – an intoxicating blend of nerves and excitement after months of hard work and determination,” said De Bruyn.

More competitions followed.

Training regime

De Bruyn described the path to competition day as arduous, filled with gruelling workouts, meticulous meal planning and unwavering dedication.

Six-days-a-week training already starts at dawn for De Bruyn – pounding the pavement at 04:00 for cardio in Da Gama Road. “With my gym unlocking its doors at 05:00, I must make the most of every minute before my 06:00 shift begins,” he said.

As an operational officer, De Bruyn’s duties are unpredictable.

Access to amenities like a microwave is a luxury he often foregoes. Cold meals consumed on the go become the norm, a testament to his unwavering commitment to nutrition and timing – crucial pillars of his training regimen.

His typical meal plan before a competition consists of oats, eggs, fish, rice, and vegetables, as well as a lot of water.

According to De Bruyn, he never completely eliminates carbohydrates from his diet.

Support system

Yet, De Bruyn finds solace in his support system. He credits his coach, Jaques du Preez, for his unwavering belief since day one. Additionally, the camaraderie shared with law enforcement officer, Schalk Burger, a partner during previous competitions, provided a vital backbone during challenging times.

However, it is De Bruyn’s family and friends who serve as his pillars of strength. “In the realm of bodybuilding, where the mental fortitude required can often rival the physical demands, their unwavering support becomes a lifeline,” he said.

As De Bruyn reflects on his journey, he extends a hand of encouragement to all who may read his story. It is a call to action, urging individuals to cast aside excuses and fears, and instead, set their sights on ambitious goals.

“Through perseverance and unyielding dedication, even the most daunting obstacles can be overcome,” he said.

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Win A Car With Spar and Wine Of The Week – What’s On At The SuperSpar

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Wine Of The Week


‘Falkirk’, Scotland is from where the Newton family originated, meaning ‘speckled church’ for the stone structure that has stood there since the 6th century. The name represents the 1½ hectare vineyard site of deep deposits of stone and rock where the only Rhône wine varieties are to be found on the farm. Bushvines of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvèdre were planted to discover the contrasting nuances these vines produce from this Granite-derived soil. 


Vibrant and voluptuous scents of black cherry and mulberry, bolstered by sweet spices and nuances of dried fynbos and fennel. Fine, powdery tannins cover the palate, allowing the succulence of red fruits to engage and a tang of acidity to freshen the finish.   


This vineyard lies on a plateau on the lowest slope of Newton Johnson, at an altitude of 220m, in the porphyritic Granite soils of the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley. This appellation ranges from 4 to 8 km in proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. The climate is cool and temperate, where parallel mountain ranges channel the southerly oceangoing winds through the appellation during the summer. These southerly winds in turn create regular sea mists and overcast conditions, moderating the temperatures in the valley. The annual rainfall is 910mm, with 50% falling in the winter months (May – August). 


Growing Season & Harvesting

A cool, long-ripening and healthy vintage. The preceding winter was late to start and crept in to September, delivering good rains and the best cold units for the last 5 years. The budburst throughout the cold conditions of September was gradual, delaying the growth to late in the season. Some late, cold front systems lashing the coast caused some wind damage and crop loss during flowering in early November, setting the tone for one of the coldest spring seasons in 10 years. The generous Spring rains contrasted with one of the driest, though coolest, summers on record. Only 12 hours of temperature over 30°C was recorded for the whole summer, culminating in an average ripening period of 105 days from flowering to harvest for both the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Most of these vineyards were harvested in March, indicating a distinctly late season.

This Grenache vineyard from Falkirk was harvested on 1st March.



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Road Closure Due To Resealing Of Section Of R330 between St Francis and Humansdorp

Road Closure Due To Resealing Of Section Of R330 between St Francis and Humansdorp

Provincial Dept Of Roads

A section of the road between Humansdorp and St Francis Bay (R330) is set to be temporarily closed from 07 May 2024 to 10 May 2024, with one lane being closed at a time.
The closure is essential for the resealing of two sections of the road.
While Kouga Municipality understands the inconvenience this may cause, it is crucial for easy sanitization of the road for health and safety reasons.
This is in addition to the closure of the road four times a day to facilitate the safe crossing of cows. Following each crossing, an extensive clean-up and disinfection process, lasting about five minutes will be conducted. Throughout this period, the road will remain closed.
To accommodate this necessary procedure, motorists are advised to anticipate a 20-minute waiting period during specific times of the day. These intervals, scheduled from 05:00 to 05:20, 09:00 to 09:20, 14:00 to 14:20, and 17:00 to 17:20, serve as windows for the implementation of control measures.
However, it is important to note that these times may vary depending on prevailing circumstances and operational requirements.
We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.