Cadet News Agency
SATIRIST Pieter-Dirk Uys thinks it was his “great legs” that earned him a German-Africa award.
Uys received the award by the German-Africa foundation for an outstanding effort in human rights, democracy and social development.
“I am absolutely thrilled about the award,” Uys said. “I am happy and honoured to share the award with Marlene le Roux who has a great energy and creative mind.”
Fellow South African Le Roux is known for making the arts accessible to a wide range of audiences and fighting particularly for the rights of the disabled.
The Cape Town-born Uys – better known as his alter ego – Evita Bezuidenhout, has been involved in the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. His use of satire and comedy has tickled audiences for decades. The playwright has led the
debate on seldom spoken about sexual matters, educating the nation about Aids while fighting against social prejudice caused by ignorance and stigmatisation of HIV/Aids.
Uys has travelled throughout SA visiting schoolchildren with an Aids-awareness show called For Facts Sake. He has also visited prisons and reformatories spreading the message of Aids awareness. Other titles in his Aids-awareness arsenal include Aids information videos; Having Sex with Pieter-Dirk Uys, Survival Aids and Just a Small Prick, which addresses fears surrounding HIV testing.
“I have no idea why I received the award. I think maybe it’s because I have great legs,” he quipped.
Uys draws a careful distinction between Evita and himself. “She is my character and she is the most famous woman in South Africa. I am the most famous person at the local spa.”