When people think about Eselfontein in Ceres they think apple, pear, peach, dairy and upcoming cherry farming as well as eco-tourism and mountain bike trails.
They don’t often think about theatrical talent.
Now Bredwyn van Wyk is putting the area on the map with his cross-dressing act.
Bredwyn is often seen in the home of growers Deon and Janene Malherbe.
“Bredwyn has been with us for three years and was originally employed as our gardener, now he is much more and is responsible for the Eselfontein ‘impression we stand for’, the Eco Tourism, our kids, our pets, our home, and everything else that comes with it.
“He is the son of our housekeeper, Anna – who is second Mom to our children – and we are so impressed at this strength and the commitment he shows after all his personal struggles.
“So the news now that his drag act has placed him in the top 10 of the Agri’s Got Talent competition, is music to our ears,” says Janene.
Deon Malherbe agrees: “We are very proud of Bredwyn and his work and advancement at Eselfontein. From an early age his great passion has been art and culture. On weekends he uses his talent as an entertainer to raise extra income.
“His drag character, Britta Houston Cater, keeps people on the edge of their seats. He gave a ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ performance at one of the Ceres Karoo motorbike events in which we participated and the crowds really enjoyed his performance.
“We heartily recommend that he follows a full-time career as a performer if the opportunity arises. This has, after all, always been his dream. I know the whole farm is proud of his achievements and holding thumbs for his success in Agri’s Got Talent finals.”
The Agri’s got Talent team will be visiting the 10 finalists during July in preparation for the competition which culminates in a gala evening on Friday August 3, at Allée Bleue in Simondium.
The contest is hosted by Hortgro, the Vinpro Foundation and the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, with the aftercare programme sponsored by the South African Table Grape Industry.
The top 10 finalists are Tersia Greenwald, Diemersfontein, Wellington; Gert Olivier, Leeuwkop Boerdery, De Doorns; Mariette Slingers, Wildekrans Landgoed, Botrivier; Victor Fredericks, La Plaisante, Wolseley; Chantel Hess, Boomerang Farm, Grabouw; Mariska Jaars, LHB Boerdery, Worcester; Jonren Jansen, Dutoit Vrugte, Ceres; Maxine Barbers, Meerlust Farm, De Doorns; Bredwyn van Wyk, Eselfontein Boerdery, Ceres; and Julia Cupido, Oakdene, Wellington.
Tickets for the gala evening can be bought at Computicket or the Money Market.
For more information contact Thea van Zyl on 021 870 2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org