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June 25, 2009

Cape Town’s Eggman finds something to smile about

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Gregory da Silva, better known as the Eggman or Eierman, can cheer you up – no matter what kind of day you’re having – with his comic laugh and broad smile.

Eggman stands out in a crowd with his 3m-high hat made of eggs and other recycled bits and pieces, weighing up to 27kg, along with his colourful tunic, which represents all the countries on the African continent.

Da Silva has proved to be a positive influence among Capetonians and tourists.

He is a well-known entertainer both locally and internationally after appearing on DStv’s Hallmark Channel, e.tv, SABC and CNN in interviews, advertisements and movies.

He is often invited to festivals to spread his enthusiasm and optimistic energy.

He has attended the Masa Festival 2003 (Market for African Performing Arts) in Ivory Coast, the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Innibos Festival in Nelspruit, the Hermanus Whale Festival, the Darling Festival, the Stellenbosch Street Festival, the Simon’s Town Penguin Festival and many more.

As the Best of Cape Town Awards 2008 finalist in the Performing Arts category, he shared his talent with children from the township by teaching them about art, performing and dance through his Project for Africa programme. 

“Children in Africa need our help,” he says. “Education is knowledge and knowledge is power.

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We need to change their lives positively because they are our future.”

He loves Cape Town because to him, it’s the connection between African culture and the world.

As a former computer science student, he built his own website, using his education as a tool to promote his true talent of art, story-telling and entertainment.

“It is important to me to be close to people. It is part of my spirit.”

To contact the Eggman call 073 750 7923 or email Eggcape@gmail.com.

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