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Tuesday, May 27, 2008 Weather Commercial

Well, I have been a busy guy these past 2 months. I have been in South Africa now for 64 days. I continue to love every bit of it. The 24-hour news channel is about to launch. Here is a promo-shoot that is airing on the terrestrial and DSTV channels in South Africa. Don't worry...I think I look funny too. Hope this brings a smile to your face. Miss you all!

Derek Van Dam


  1. Anonymous5:12 PM

    Uncle D-ray!
    Is that a faux hawk that you are sporting on your commercial?
    Hey..We are flying out of Mpumunmplunga to meet you in Cape

  2. Loved it! Thanks, I needed a smile today! You look great!

  3. Anonymous6:31 PM

    This is absolutely hilarious! I love that you can keep it light with laughter. Sounds like you have an incredible task ahead of you but I can't think of anyone better for the job! Love you~
    Aunt Debi

  4. Anonymous6:42 PM

    Derek, What a laugh! You are soooo cool!! You look better every day. Thanks for putting a smile on your Mother's face :) Love you, Mom

  5. Anonymous6:45 PM

    Hey Derek,
    Now that is the Derek that we all know and love back here in michigan. Glad to see that you are fitting in great over there in South Africa. Hope to hear from you soon. Take care and may God continue to bless you...


  6. hehe, how fun! You handsome young man! Peace and Love, Marina

  7. Well done with the pronunciations!! How did u enjoy the worms????
    Looks like ur doing a great job. We still miss you in the am show.
    The new hair style looks great!!!

  8. Anonymous11:49 AM

    Keep on keepin on

  9. Derek!

    I love it! You look great and things seem to be going really well for you! You brought back the faux hawk! Dominique says hello!:)

  10. Anonymous8:57 AM

    Haha, I laughed quite alot when I first saw this advert on the eNews Channel.

    Coming from South Africa, I never actually thought about how difficult it would be for an international visitor to pronounce our cities/provinces names.

    I just want to let you know, Derek, that you're doing a great job here in South Africa. You're a fresh, young face in the weather department which makes weather worth watching.

    Keep doing what you're doing :)

    Your South African fan.

    P.S. Your hair is awesome!

  11. Hey Derek,

    As an American that's your age, but left Florida when I was 6 and have lived here for many years, welcome welcome welcome! It's very good to have you here and you're doing an awesome job, hope the adjustment process isn't too hectic. You can see some of that FOX, ABC, NBC news flair in the weather forecasts (but yes, our radar leaves much to be desired).

    I remember when I was 12, being excited to do the weather in the mock-studio at CNN in Atlanta... was awesome as a kid, so it's great you're received such an amazing opportunity.

    Just was in U.S.A. working for 2 years, but decided to come back to the Mother City... be careful, this place really gets under your skin extremely quickly... But I think God took some extra time to create this place. Hope you make tons of mates, adjust quickly and don't get to hoarded by fans; Trust me, SA has very few celebrities, so you may be the first Weather Man in People Magazine! ;-) Haha. Enjoy Cape Town and all of the best in SA!


  12. Liz MacFarland :)2:46 PM

    DEREK! I had to watch it TWICE in a row! Loved every minute of it.. made me smile! Glad to see you are doing great and making a ton of new friends! Keep it up!

  13. I googled your name and found this blog. Just wanted to tell you that I now officially love watching the weather!
    I won't lie, I almost fell out of my seat when I heard an American accent, and I thought it was a joke at first.
    You are doing a superb job and are very entertaining.
    I will be looking forward to many more weather briefings. I am going to mention you to the kids in my class, weather reporting has never been so educational.
    Good job!

  14. Nice video! I like that they rip on you as much as we did...kinda makes it feel like the old days. Glad to hear things are going well for you. Keep living the dream over there, I'll do my part in Korea.

  15. Derek

    As a native South African, I think you are doing a great job, and I really enjoy your weather report.

    Love the way you pronounce Gauteng.

    Keep it up!

  16. Anonymous12:56 PM

    Summer vacation at Fuller is not the same without you Derek! Glad to hear you're doing well. The commercial is great...very funny.

  17. Anonymous6:46 AM

    Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!


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