Mlungisi Mthembu

SATIRIST Pieter-Dirk Uys thinks it was his “great legs” that earned him a German-Africa award.

Uys received the award from the German-Africa Foundation for outstanding effort in human rights, democracy and social development.

“I am absolutely thrilled about the award,” he said. “I am happy and honoured to share the award with Marlene le Roux, who has great energy and a creative mind.”

Fellow South African Le Roux is known for making the arts accessible to a wide range of audiences and for fighting for the rights of the disabled.

Uys has educated the nation about HIV/Aids while fighting against social prejudice caused by ignorance and the stigmatisation of Aids.

Uys has travelled throughout SA, visiting schoolchildren with an Aids awareness show, For Facts Sake. He has also visited prisons and reformatories, spreading the message of Aids awareness.

“I have no idea why I received the award. I think maybe it’s because I have great legs,” he quipped.

Uys said he could reach people about sensitive matters through comedy and satire.

“It is important to make the audience see themselves and laugh at themselves,” he said.

“It’s not enough to only look at the bad side. We have to make people have optimism and find a balance in our democracy.”

Le Roux and Uys will receive the awards in Berlin in November.