Egg Man of Cape Town goes to Italy


7 March 2011

Cape Town’s famous Egg Man, Gregory da Silva, will shortly be jetting off to Italy to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest egg hat. A comedian, artist, storyteller, dancer and live street performer from Benin, West Africa, Da Silva has made Cape Town his home over the last few years, performing each day on the city’s Greenmarket Square and appearing at many South African festivals throughout the year, including the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, the Hermanus Whale Festival, and the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival (KKNK) in Oudtshoorn.

His spectacular egg headdress consists of thousands of egg shells as well as African symbols, and weighs up to 25kg; however, for this particular record-breaking competition it will be made of 10 000 fresh eggs. Da Silva has become something of an institution on Greenmarket Square, adding carnival flavour to the scene and known by many locals and visiting tourists from Germany, England, America, Italy, France, and Belgium for his lively voice and friendly personality.

Da Silva, who flies to Italy on March 11, says, “I am so proud and so happy. Cape Town is like heaven to me. I would also like my daily performance to add great value to Cape Town as usual – this time helping to put Cape Town on the world map through a Guinness World Record. I hope to bring back the Guinness World Record trophy to Cape Town.” Asked what makes him the best ambassador for Cape Town and why he loves street performance, he grins; “I am an icon of Cape Town. I am in everyone’s albums when they take pictures of Cape Town and show their friends and family at home. I am always ready to welcome people to Cape Town, whether it is raining or shining I am smiling, and I say ‘Hello, this is Cape Town, we love you!’”.

CEO of Cape Town Tourism Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold says; “The Egg Man is a Cape Town attraction in his own right. Cape Town Tourism gives wholehearted support for Gregory’s trip to Italy and we wish him all the best in his endeavours to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest egg hat. We applaud and appreciate the work he is doing to represent the Mother City and we look forward to his return whether with the award in hand or just knowing that, as always, he has been one of our finest ambassadors. Cape Town – hold thumbs!”


For further information, please contact Cape Town Tourism’s PR and Communication Manager Skye Grove at or +27 (0)21 487 6800, or visit

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