Painting the way to a new life
“You almost feel like a vegetable, you know. You’re like in the way of everybody, banging into things… Also because everything must be done for you now. You must be washed. You must be dressed, your teeth must be brushed… All the little stuff."
Single mother and working it.
“When I became a single mum, my children were still small. They needed a lot of attention. It’s really tiring when you don’t have a partner to assist you. It’s only you.”
Painting was my way out.
“There is a lack of jobs out there, I couldn’t find any work anywhere else. I don’t want to be employed by someone, so I’m just doing this.”
Married to a Thai masseuse.
“My name is Quintus Carruthers and my wife's name is PiNong. She came out to South Africa to do Thai massage.”
Nails, Teaching and Thailand.
“I want to apply to UNISA this year to study teaching, it’s one of the things that I’d really like to do. It’s my real career choice. So next year, it will be my first year.”
Dealing with dialysis.
“Some days I’ve got good days, some days I haven’t. It all depends on how you feel after dialysis, but you get used to it. I get there at 4.30, I’m on the machine at 5.00, then I get off at 9.00, have a bath and come to work. It’s like going to the gym for two hours."
Travelling the world has led him back home.
At the moment, Pieter Ras works as a Remotely Operated Vehicle Pilot Technician, whose purpose is to maintain offshore PetroSA gas fields. “We basically provide the subsea… servicing,” Ras shared, adding that he is also tasked with “making sure that the environment stays safe” in the extraction of what he described as “clean fuel… not crude oil.”