New life for old satellite dishes

2016-09-27 06:00
Sone Kuhn, founder of the Cape Town Dish Painting Initiative, is painting old (and new) satellite dishes to bring life to their areas through colour.

Sone Kuhn, founder of the Cape Town Dish Painting Initiative, is painting old (and new) satellite dishes to bring life to their areas through colour.

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Old rusty satellite dishes that have survived all the bad weather can be ugly to look at.

Not only do they make one’s home look unsightly but they can also make one’s neighbourhood look run-down if the area has many of them.

To give these satellite dishes a new lease on life, a Hout Bay resident has embarked on a project to paint these old satellite dishes (and new ones) to bring colour and brighten up the Hangberg area – for free. The project is called the Cape Town Dish Painting Initiative.

Sone Kuhn saw the Cairo Dish Painting Initiative a year ago on social media.

“I fell in love with the idea. I thought it will work perfectly in Cape Town and surrounding areas. So I contacted Jason Stoneking who started the Cairo Initiative and he was happy that I wanted to extend his project to the tip of Africa. Stoneking fully supports the Cape Town Dish Painting Initiative and is always on standby when I need to ask him questions regarding the dishes and paint. He made a great tutorial on YouTube showing how to go about painting a dish in a safe manner, so I’m using that to learn as well,” she says.

Started about a month ago, the project has seen dishes at six houses painted in Hangberg. “I have many work colleagues that live in Hangberg and it’s a place that has touched my heart, so I decided to start there. At this stage I go knock on doors and ask, but the word is spreading. So I have received a few requests,” she says.

Currently Kuhn is working with her daughter and one volunteer to bring life to the area. Having been in the tourism industry for 17 years, her wish is to attract more people to Hangberg.

“I would really like to bring more visitors to this beautiful little fishing village. It’s filled with so much culture and history. My hope and vision is to create a mini Bo-Kaap. The colour immediately brightens the homes and street.”

As the project grows, they will paint Mandela Park in Hout Bay and the Cape Flats next. “We rely on sponsors and volunteers, so if any paint shops or building contractors have any leftover ‘colourful’ paint they’d like to donate, we will be extremely grateful. We are also in need of a secondhand (or new) extension ladder to reach those very high dishes and more volunteers of course,” says Kuhn.

V For more information, contact Kuhn through her Facebook page Cape Town Dish Painting Initiative, or email or call her on 073 822 5332.

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