One on one with Bachelor of the Year

2017-03-01 06:01
The 2016 Bachelor of the Year, Emanuel Pietersen. Photo: supplied

The 2016 Bachelor of the Year, Emanuel Pietersen. Photo: supplied

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EMANUEL Pietersen has many titles under his belt - theatre performer, actor, song writer, singer and motivational speaker, and he is also KZN’s Bachelor of the Year.
The Fever caught up with him.

Fever: How did you get involved in the Bachelor of the Year?

EP: Not to be confused with the American reality show, South Africa’s Bachelor of the Year is a competition that is in its seventh year where the most eligible bachelors compete to win the ultimate title - Bachelor of the Year. The aim of the competition is to find that one person who has the ultimate qualities and who is actively involved with charity work, and who works in their communities. 
There is a lot of glamour involved, but charity and community work is the largest part. I have been volunteering for CANSA for the past four years, and have done anti-bullying campaigns at schools for the past three years. 

I never expected to win, but in November 2016 I won the title of 2016/2017 South African Bachelor of the Year.

Fever: What one word describes you, and why?

EP: Complex. I am involved in so many things and I do so much, but in the same breath I do not like being taken advantage of or seeing people being taken advantage of.

Fever: What do you think makes you different from other bachelors?

EP: All the bachelors I know are amazing and do a lot, but sadly some of them are more worried about how the competition and this platform can promote their business and themselves. 
A true test is to see what charity and community work they did before the competition, and then how they continued with their work after the competition is over.  Unfortunately, most contestants disappear off the radar after the competition, and you never see them doing anything to help others. There are unfortunately too many, and it makes me very angry. 

Fever: Being a Bachelor of the Year brings a lot of fame, how do you use this to make a difference?

EP: The title does bring a lot of fame. I was lucky in that I had a certain amount of fame beforehand, being a performer for more than 10 years. 
I am now able to reach a much larger audience and help a greater number of children and abused people through the competition’s initiative, the Talk Initiative (Tolerance, Appreciation, Literacy and Kindness), as well as my own anti-bullying campaign, Resolve Stop Bullying.

Fever: How do you juggle your career, fame and community work?

EP: Luckily, I have been doing it for so long it’s just another day in my life. I am a workaholic though, so always being busy and rushing from one place to another is basically what I am made of. I cannot imagine for one second doing nothing. I think I would lose my mind.

Fever: What do you do in your free time?

EP: Free time for me involves spending time with my family, which includes my two Yorkshire terriers and a thoroughbred horse, named Charlie.

Fever: Who are your role models?

EP: There are a whole list of people I consider role models, but the largest and the most important one would have to be my Mom Laetitia. I have been recorded saying this numerous times, but she has had to literally give up her food to make sure her children are fed when we were growing up. 

Fever: Do you have a message for the youth?

EP: You are going to go through so many experiences in your life and not all of them will be good. 
Never forget where you come from and treat people the way you would want to be treated. 

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