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Guestspeaker- Pieter-Dirk Uys
Pieter-Dirk Uys
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Entertainment, Comedian
Location:
Cape Town South Africa
Preferred Language:
Afrikaans, English
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Actor,Comedy,Entertainment
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EVITA BEZUIDENHOUT

“Inspirational.  Transformational.  Funny.  Glamorous. Topical. Typically South African. Optimistic. Hopeful.”
 
These are some of the words used to describe Evita Bezuidenhout’s recent State of the Nation address to corporates, conferences, think-tanks, indabas, award ceremonies and report-backs. The most famous white woman in South Africa is focusing on the need to move from the fearful negative that has infected our society to optimistic hope and excitement for a successful future for all.
 
Her life in politics, from representing the National Party regime in a black homeland, through the kitchens of power to now take her place in Luthuli House as a respected member of the ANC, allows Mrs Bezuidenhout to share many wisdoms with her audience. Focusing on women and the state of family values, she underlines the importance of remembering where we come from so we can celebrate where we are going. To her the balancing act of life in our rainbow democracy is too often between a glass half-full and a glass half-empty. Evita Bezuidenhout uses humour and hope with respect and optimism to make her point: the people must lead and the government will follow.
 
She has been in the lives of South Africans for the last thirty-plus years, since her introduction in 1982 as the South African Ambassador to the Homeland of Bapetikosweti. She is probably the closest we have to the Queen Mother and because she does not use ‘bad’ language or ‘tasteless’ references, her audiences have grown to include citizens from all walks of life, from executives to trade unionists,  reflecting the multi-cultures of South Africa, all united by a diverse and uncomplicated sense of humour. Jokes are funny. The truth can be even more outrageous. Laughing at our fear can help make that fear less fearful.  Confronting the complex and worrying realities of our twenty-two year old democracy with humour has proved to be enriching and enlightening. It is also great entertainment.
 
In English or Afrikaans, or bilingual with necessary nods in the direction of the other nine official languages, the presentation is ideally 30 / 40 / 50 minutes long. Experience has shown that Evita’s talk set against the upsetting political news of the day, creates a successful balance for the audience.
               
“Uys dons false eyelashes and presidents listen.” LA TIMES OCT 2009


PIETER DIRK UYS

Suggested topics for presentation:

  • "ON THE POT-HOLED LONG WALK TO OUR FREEDOM" WITH PIETER-DIRK UYS
  • TANNIE EVITA BEZUIDENHOUT’S LUTHULI HOUSEKEEPING REPORT
  • "NO ONE’S DIED LAUGHING" WITH PIETER-DIRK UYS’
Who is Pieter-Dirk Uys and what are his areas of expertise?
I have been unemployed since 1975, when the government of the day banned my writings and made me a liability. Since then I have become my job and am self-employed with the government of the day remaining my best scriptwriters. They put the words into my mouth. That is why I don’t pay taxes; I pay royalties. I have performed arguably over 7000 one man performances throughout the world, mainly focusing on unfunny and worrying subjects like inhumanity, racism, corruption and fear and making them entertaining through humour which is my weapon of mass distraction.
My passion is fairness and respect, also once regarded as the basis for democracy. I will always side with the underdog and ridicule the fat cat, and being a gay Jewish Afrikaner with Congolese DNA, I belong to some of the best chosen peoples in the universe. I can make you laugh till you cry and then dry your tears with a smile.

Why are his presentations of interest or relevance?
I stand firmly in the present with an eye on the future and an echo of the past. My year does not have 365 days; it has two days – today and tomorrow. Where we are now is the most essential focus of all my energy, with a respectful nod at tomorrow which can only be a better future with total commitment to excellence today. Laughing at fear also helps make that fear less fearful - and so my balance of 49% anger / 51% entertainment has always been the magic potion of optimism.

Why use him and when should you do so?
I can’t solve any problems but can try to reflect them in a cracked mirror of satire which often allows the viewer to laugh at themselves. I’m in Darling on the West Coast which is an hour from the airport. I travel light and alone. I’m on time. I speak two of the eleven official languages with a smattering of needed phrases to help me atpetrol stations and through customs. I’m nearly 70 and still feel 16, so I must be doing or eating something right.
EVITA BEZUIDENHOUT

“Inspirational.  Transformational.  Funny.  Glamorous. Topical. Typically South African. Optimistic. Hopeful.”
 
These are some of the words used to describe Evita Bezuidenhout’s recent State of the Nation address to corporates, conferences, think-tanks, indabas, award ceremonies and report-backs. The most famous white woman in South
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