Wednesday 28th September 2011, Bordeaux, France.
Pieter and Maleta are two of the most positive people I have ever met. Rose tinted glasses all the way and as a result wonderful people to be around. They are both natural story-tellers there is always something to laugh at or learn when in their company. I asked them to take part over dinner in a typical Parisian restaurant where we had a great view of the Eiffel Tower. We then spent the next few days rolling down from Paris to Bordeaux, sampling plenty of wine on the way. It was the hottest October on record – we didn’t see a cloud for 2 weeks – and there was plenty of opportunity to use my camera.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
It's so wonderful to see the usual 'I am' swapped for 'We are'.
2. What have you decided to do with the money?
I will spend the money strictly in accordance with the project's ideology. For the necessity of two worthy causes: £500 to empower a young unqualified, uneducated handy man, Winfred Fortuin, by providing a bicycle and carrier, toolbox, necessary gear and appropriate clothing. Although his skills are to professional standard, his lack of education means that he cannot meet union requirements, but with this equipment he will be able to accept freelance work and sustain himself and his family. We will also surprise them with a holiday – the first of their lives, in a local resort. I have full faith in the candidate's integrity.
Since 1990 the performing arts in South Africa has not been subsidised by the government. All theatres lost their permanent ensembles and are only serving as venues. One of South Africa's top actors is now nearing his 80th birthday with no pension and hardly any income. He was the most renowned Shakespearean actor of his generation and a big influence on a younger actors. Now with more time on his hands Cobus enjoys supporting the performance arts as a member of the audience rather than the production. This, however, is becoming financially prohibitive because tickets prices have rocketed since the end of state subsidies. £500 will be spent on enabling him to attend the symphony orchestra, the opera and international visiting productions.
3. What are your thoughts and feelings with regard to Wearelucky as a whole?
It's the potential realisation of the proverbial snowball effect.