Now you can take a drive with Minki

2009-11-21 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — South African motorists can now load some of the country’s biggest Afrikaans celebrities in their cars and even place the blame for getting lost on them.

Bloemfontein company GPS Creative has recorded the voices of several celebrities, including singer Kurt Darren, model Minki van der Westhuizen, Nataniël, Oom Kallie Marie (Casper de Vries) and Dowwe Dolla (Margit Meyer-Rödenbeck), enabling motorists to load them on to their GPS units.

This means that instead of hearing a robotic, computerised voice giving you directions, you’ll hear your favourite celebrity’s voice doing the navigation via your GPS.

“Hi, I’m Kurt Darren, let’s hoist the sails [a reference to his Afrikaans hit, Kaptein, which includes the lyrics span die seile], where would you like to go?” says the singer. When the motorist has reached his/her destination, Darren says: “Lower the sails, you have arrived.”

Kenneth Blair, spokesman for GPS Creative, says the recordings are a blend of jokes and the standard directions which are necessary to reach a destination. The humour lies in each of the celebrities’ unique tone and the way they speak.

“My name is Nataniël and I’ll be joining you in your car today … A car has a mirror. I still wear lipstick … Oh dear … I usually have much more fun in a stationary car … Carry on with this road,” are some of Nataniël’s GPS directions.

The voice of Oom Kallie Marie (De Vries) says: “O gatta patatta! Ek het satelliet ontvangs verloor … [Oh golly gosh! I’ve lost satellite reception], Pasop vir die boetebessietjies! [Watch out for the meter maids!].”

Van der Westhuizen says: “Let’s be patient now … there’s typical Johannesburg traffic up ahead …”

Darren told Beeld on Thursday afternoon that he had initially found it strange to hear his own voice saying, “Drive for one kilometre”. But now he thinks it sounds cool.

“… I think people will enjoy having something like this,” he said.

Blair says that at the moment these recordings only work with some of Garmin’s GPS systems.

People can visit their website, www.gps-creative.com, for a list of the relevant Garmin models.

According to Blair, for now the voices are also only for sale on the website.

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