Nicole Capper: My week as Mrs South Africa, a rare disease activist and mom

Since becoming Mrs South Africa 2018, Nicole Capper has used her voice to advocate for women’s rights and speaks out for those who have no voice.

Wearing many hats on any given day, while juggling her family life and her rigorous schedule, she still finds time to train and eat healthily as she bravely pushes herself to conquer challenges and goes to great lengths and rare heights to raise funds and social consciousness for causes close to her heart – all the while liberating courage in others to do the same.

“I really love the life I live, the freedom of being my own boss and being in control of my day and how I spend my time. No day is the same, but everything is by choice and meaningful,” says Nicole.

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“I believe my success is directly linked to my attitude, which is steeped in optimism and geared towards growth. I have a clear idea of the goals I plan to achieve, but ultimately it’s a growth mind-set that guides me. Coupled with this – I am open to change; to learning and expanding my horizons and way of thinking so that I can become a better version of myself.”

For an insight into how this highly motivated and passionate #strongwoman lives her life, we take a look at an average week in the life of a reigning Mrs South Africa…



04h30: Early start to get a jump on the week ahead. Leave for CrossFit armed with a cup of coffee and almond butter.

05h00: CrossFit workout followed by a protein smoothie with seeds and fruit

06h00: Breakfast of fruit, boiled eggs and oats with my kids in between dressing and getting ready to walk my son Josh to school

09h00: Love Justice video shoot for a human trafficking awareness campaign

11h30: Bloss magazine product review

13h00: Grab a quick tuna salad with seeds before taking the kids for an afternoon swim

18h00: Dinner of chicken and Mediterranean veggies, and dark 85% Lindt chocolate before going to bed


05h30: Hit the road for a quick 5km run

08h30: Ballgown dress fitting for red carpet event

13h00: Skype call with Sibuiso Vilane to plan Everest Marathon trip in 2019

15h00: Email and admin hour – it has to be done!

17h00: Killer CrossFit session – I love getting me WOD on!

19h00: Sugar-free gin and tonic with dinner. Tonight it’s games night with the kids



05h00: CrossFit workout – focusing on gymnastics and flexibility training

10h00: Caribbean tan swimwear photoshoot

11h30: Generate new content & update my website

13h00: Fetch Josh from school and have a picnic lunch together with Tatum

15h00: Voice over recording for advert

16h30: Stretch and yoga workout in the park with a friend

18h30: Dinner with the kids and story time


06h00: Early start as I hit the road to get to the country for a Suzuki new vehicle launch

09h00: Snack on some biltong for some much needed energy on route to a new client meeting

10h30: Shoot for a new advert – plenty of script rehearsing ahead of the recording

14h00: Nail appointment with Tammy Taylor nails – new look nails with embellishments

15h30: Rare Diseases SA meeting

17h00: CrossFit work out – I’m constantly chasing new PBs!

19h30: Dinner at Gemelli Cucina Bar to celebrate landing a new client


05h00: Intense and sweaty CrossFit workout, followed by a almond nut butter berries smoothie

09h30: Keynote speaker at wellness event

13h00: Fetch Josh from school and go for an ice-cream that’s definitely covered in sprinkles

14h30: Campaign planning meeting at The Pantry for new charity drive

18h00: Prepare for and emcee event for Rare Diseases fundraiser



06h30: Nice slow 10km run to get me ready for trail events on my calendar

10h00: Coffee with a friend and a quick catch up

11h30: Grocery shopping – in and out with a list to keep from deviating from my healthy intentions

13h30: Hair appointment – cut, colour and blow dry. It’s always an awesome me-time pamper session

18h00: Early dinner out with the kids at Papachinos


08h00: Late start and family lie in – coffee in bed and pyjama morning

10h00: Head for the Westcliff stairs for a training session – good preparation for trail and summiting mountains

14h30: Creative cooking session as I bake cookies with Josh for school

15h30: Afternoon nap to recharge after a hectic week

17h30: Prepare meals for the week ahead – plenty of chicken and veggies sauces – always with a glass of red wine

20h00: Plan calendar and social media posts for the week ahead and then early to bed to get a head start on the week

For more exclusive insights into Nicole’s active and busy lifestyle, check out our Out Shopping With… feature in the November-December 2018 issue of Fitness magazine, on sale now!

Author: Pedro van Gaalen

When he’s not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He’s worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.

When he's not writing about sport or health and fitness, Pedro is probably out training for his next marathon or ultra-marathon. He's worked as a fitness professional and as a marketing and comms expert. He now combines his passions in his role as managing editor at Fitness magazine.

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