10 questions with the team at 27four | Pieter Van Der Gryp

In this series, we ask members from our team a mix of random questions, 10 to be exact, and see what’s on their mind – the projects they’re working on, things they like, and some surprising (not so important but nice to know) facts on the people that are living investments.


This week we sat down with Pieter Van Der Gryp.


What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?

Eggs or a four cheeses muffin…

What was the last picture you took with your phone?

A chrome painted car (Jaguar).

What famous person do people tell you that you most resemble?

Jonah Hill, especially after they’ve watched the movie Moneyball.

What would you name your boat if you had one?

The boat would be named “S.O.S.”. I am not a sailor, so feel free to call out for help if you see me behind the steering wheel of a boat.

What’s the most beautiful place you’ve ever been?

There are many places around the world, where brick and mortar collides with flora and fauna that have produced many beautiful sceneries. Jozi is just one of these places.

If you had a time machine, where would you go right now?

I’ll go back to December 1999, Onrusrivier, Western Cape. Give my younger self the past winning lotto numbers then watch, tease and laugh all over again at my family members who were unnecessarily worried about the end of the world Y2K computer bug.

Is there life on mars?

With the time and zillions of Dollars NASA spent on the “mission to mars” campaign, there better be!

Are you more of a hunter or gatherer?

Can I be both? I try to hunt the stray cats with my sling shot when they enter my yard and I try to gather as many bargains as I possibly can.

What are you working towards in your free time?

I firmly believe that charity should rather be a skillset taught to others, who in turn can use that skill to generate a sustainable form of income for themselves.

So when a few local musicians asked me to assist them in generating funds to repair and replace their equipment allowing them to teach, perform, record and produce music in order to generate an income for themselves…I couldn’t say no.

It’s been slow but we have successfully repaired 3 guitars, a violin and paid for music books to assist with music lessons.

Teach me something we probably don’t know.

Unless food is mixed with saliva you can’t taste it.