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26 April 2017

Little Goliath goes for the bug buses

“Look, nothing in this yard is exempt from bus pictures, bus stops and bus routes. And we have to tread very lightly when considering to pass close by Divann’s bus works and maybe disturb some small detail.”

David Goliath chuckles when he speaks about his 11-year-old son’s infatuation with GO GEORGE – not only the buses, but the entire system.

Divann, an autistic boy who attends school at the Carpe Diem School for children with special needs, dedicates every spare minute at home to his own bus network. He builds roads, draws buses and bus stop signs on cardboard and cuts them out, packs long lines of passengers with small stones and, alas, draws his beloved buses on the walls inside the house.

“I’ve had to repaint the wall of that room so many times, since the man’s inspiration simply has no end,” laughs David.

When GO GEORGE heard about Divann’s love for the buses, a delegation paid a visit to the young man and took along a “lucky packet” which he unpacked with great excitement. It contained an entire pack of paper to draw on, crayons, colour pencils, a whole bunch of brushes and two pots with paint powder in the green and blue of the GO GEORGE buses. A special GO GEORGE drawstring bag with a t-shirt and cap that he immediately put on, added to his surprise.

The young artist immediately got busy with his blue and green crayons and drew a very good version of a bus stop board, literally within minutes. His artistic talent and sense of proportion impressed his visitors greatly, while his mom, Suzanne, had a good laugh about the wall drawings that would certainly be done in colour from now on.

To make the lad’s cup run over even further, the GO GEORGE team worked out a special bus tour for Divann and his parents last week. They boarded a bus close to their home in Rosedale, made a stop at the Hub in the CBD and took some photos, caught a bus to Blanco and came back to the Hub to transfer to a bus taking them to the Garden Route Mall.

His elder sister, Janique, says he took her cellphone from her and took photos of bus stops as far as they travelled. Divan most definitely is a bus stop man. And after the tour, he has a whole lot of new names to write on his sign boards.

 

Klein Goliath gaan vir die groot busse

“Kyk, niks op hierdie werf is gevrywaar van busprente, bushaltes en busroetes nie. En ons moet baie lig trap as ons oorweeg om naby Divann se buswerke verby te beweeg en dalk net ietsie te versteur.”

David Goliath lag goedig as hy vertel van sy 11-jarige knaap se versotheid op GO GEORGE – nie net die busse nie, sommer die hele stelsel.

Divann, ’n outistiese seun, gaan bedags skool by die Carpe Diem-skool vir leerders met spesiale behoeftes, maar elke vrye oomblik by die huis word gewy aan sy eie busnetwerk. Hy bou paaie, teken busse en bushaltetekens op karton en knip dit uit, pak rye passasiers met klippies en teken helaas ook sy geliefde busse op die mure binne die huis.

“Ek moes daai kamer se muur al soveel keer oorverf, want die man se inspirasie het net geen einde nie,” lag David.

Toe GO GEORGE hoor van Divann se liefde vir die busse, het ’n afvaardiging vir hom gaan kuier en ’n gelukspakkie saamgeneem wat die man met groot opgewondenheid uitgepak het. Daarin was ’n hele pak tikpapier om op te teken, kryte, kleurpotlode,’n hele komp kwasse en twee potte verfpoeier in die groen en blou van die GO GEORGE-busse. ’n Spesiale GO GEORGE-toerygsak het hom verder verras met ’n t-hemp en pet wat natuurlik dadelik aangetrek is.

Die jong kunstenaar het onmiddellik weggespring met sy blou en groen kryte en letterlik binne minute ’n baie getroue weergawe van ’n bushaltebord geteken. Sy kunstalent en sin vir verhouding het sy besoekers diep beïndruk, terwyl sy ma, Suzanne, lekker lag oor die muurprente wat voortaan seker in kleur gedoen sal word.

Om die kêrel se beker verder te laat oorloop, het die GO GEORGE-span verlede week ’n spesiale bustoer vir Divann en sy ouers uitgewerk. Hulle het naby hul huis in Rosedale op die bus geklim, ’n draai by die vervoersentrum (Hub) in die middedorp kom maak en foto’s geneem, toe ’n bus na Blanco gehaal en daarna teruggekom Hub toe om oor te klim op ’n bus na die Garden Route Mall.

Sy ouer suster, Janique, sê hy het haar selfoon by haar gevat en so ver hulle ry, bushaltes afgeneem. Divann is beslis ’n bushalte-man. En ná die toer het hy sommer’n klomp nuwe name om op sy borde te skryf.

Last published 26 April 2017