‘Our domestic worker’s 7th child’: Amy Kleinhans-Curd on fostering

On the latest episode of Real Housewives van die Wynlande (RHOWL), Amy Kleinhans-Curd opened up about fostering her daughter Gugu. Amy and her husband Leighton Curd fostered a now 38-year-old Gugu from the age of nine.

“Adopting a child is a huge responsibility. When we met Gugu, she was our domestic worker’s seventh child. I knew in my heart that this child would be with me for the rest of my life. It made me so happy to think I could do this for someone else,” she said.


Businesswoman Amy was the first woman of colour to be crowned Miss SA back in 1992, while South Africa was still under the apartheid state. She also took to Instagram to share more about fostering Gugu. Take a look…

“Episode four was very entertaining. The theme of adoption and fostering and making somebody else’s life a bit better and adding to the quality of they are actually going to live their lives. And that’s what my husband and I actually decided to do with Gugu and fostering her, almost 30 years ago,” she continued.

This comes after Amy opened up about “marrying a foreigner” on the first episode of the Afrikaans series.

Amy is married to New Zealand businessman Leighton Curd. The pair have been married for 28 years and have four children – Gugu (38), Phillipa (24), Thomas (22) and Georgia (16) and two grandchildren.

Gugu from the age of nine and she has two sons – Kgosi and Thoriso, who she shares with husband Kgpolo Makgate. The two children call Amy their Gogo, which means grandmother.

“I’ve been married to Leighton Curd for 28 years now. He is a New Zealander. When he asked me to marry him, Nelson Mandela said ‘why are you marrying a foreigner?’. After that he called me and told me ‘I’ve worked it out’,” she said.

“He said ‘you know that saying where you’re actually you keep your friends close but you keep your enemies even closer? I know your strategy! That’s the truth” she joked.