Pierre de Villiers became a household name in South Africa due to his internationally recognised reality self-help book Dear Pierre which sold out within eight weeks in South Africa as well as being a TV Continuity Presenter for the country’s National Broadcaster SABC 2 in years gone by.
When anchoring TV shows like the SABC Big Brand TV Show as well as being a soap star in MNet’s Egoli Place of Gold he also reads the Business Day finance news on Jacaranda FM and gives back to the community by lecturing media studies at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) after resigning as youngest editor of the SA Military Medical Journal – as officer with the military rank of Captain.
While lecturing at the University of Johannesburg he does his training as psychotherapist and sets up private practice which causes considerable media interest. While maintaining his TV presence year after year by randomly presenting programmes like Matrics Uploaded for SABC 1 Pierre’s book sells out within weeks during 2013 and causes a mini media frenzy locally and abroad. Endless media interviews follow and Pierre is immediately cast as “Screen star turns author” by the newspapers with the Saturday Star doing a an in-depth profile and radio stations such as Jacaranda FM inviting him live on-air.
An even bigger wave of media interest follows when FORBES Magazine Africa asks Pierre to anchor a TV talk show based on ‘Dear Pierre’ on sister company CNBC Africa. He finds himself live on-air talking to BBC comedian Ruby Wax who wrote the much acclaimed BBC series Absolutely Fabulous and founder of the Crawford Schools empire Greame Crawford flies out from Sydney to Johannesburg to meet Pierre in person for a signed copy before Ryan Seacrest’s mentor US TV personality Tom Sullivan writes a personal email to Pierre exclaiming: “BRAVO!” after reading his book.
After gracing the front cover of two international magazines early in 2014, Pierre now presents his own radio show based on his book while guest starring in Kyknet’s Binnelanders.