Bok ambassadors having a ball in NZ
Cape Town - Helicopter rides, skiing in the snow, bungee jumping and jet skiing is how South African band Die Heuwels Fantasties (DHF) are spending their time while in New Zealand.
The Department of Arts and Culture recently invited DHF to act as Arts Ambassadors for the Springboks at the Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.
DHF arrived in New Zealand last Tuesday and have already performed three times.
"It's incredible to be here. There's generally a positive vibe. Many South Africans who live here came to listen to us," the band's backing vocalist and bassist, Hunter Kennedy, said on Thursday from Ohakune, New Zealand.
Kennedy said that Francois Louw, Jean de Villiers and Schalk Burger organised tickets for them to watch Sunday's game against Wales. "We were ecstatic and sat between other Springbok supporters."
Pierre Greeff, lead singer for DHF, is now walking around with a goatee after Springbok captain John Smit shaved it off.
"Pierre said that if the Springboks win, he will shave his beard to a goatee."
The band socialised with the Springboks after the match and ran into Bakkies Botha at a restaurant. "We had a nice chat and ate together. The Springboks are in high spirits."
According to Kennedy, Wellington is a mixture of Cape Town, Hout Bay and Knysna.