Artworks for healthy rivers

2008-11-21 00:00

Young artists and the public viewed a display of artworks depicting a vision for the restoration of Pietermaritzburg’s river system last weekend at the Liberty Midlands Mall. Conceived and organised by the Duzi uMngeni Conservation Trust (Duct) the 2008 Living Waterways Art Campaign included art from over 120 pupils from Pietermaritzburg junior and senior primary schools exploring the theme Healthy Communities need Healthy River Systems.

Launched in partnership with ARocha as part of The Witness Msunduzi River Clean-up Day, children were asked to create an artwork that would raise environmental awareness and encourage participative action toward the vision of clean and healthy rivers.

All participating schools, teachers and artists will receive awards of recognition. Special mention goes to the following artists:


Nomvuyyo Matatane of Mpolweni Secondary with Rivers are Beautiful; Amy Landtree of Athlone with Respect our World – Respect the Duzi; Dylan Murphy of Laddsworth with River of Life; Siobhan Forkes-Wilkinson of Laddsworth with A Healthy River; Kelsy Lorentz of Pelham Senior with Love and Respect; Jessi Ayliffe of Epworth for Keep it Clean; Nsika Peta of Ridge Junior with Sea Creatures; Bowinile Mwelase and Tracey Zondi of Nogqaza Primary with We Love our River.


Rachel Louise Kerry of Clarendon with You have a choice; Melissa Bell of Epworth with Help our Water; Georgiana Wasserman and Lausea Loubser of Epworth with Save Our Rivers, Save Our Animals; Camilla Pennyfeather, Sherazaad Naicker, Judy Mapstone and Caroline Dickson of Epworth with The Choice is Yours.


Leah Kriel of Laddsworth with River of Life; Sanelisiwe Ntombela of Howick Preparatory with We Need Healthy Water; Declan McDonald of Laddsworth with Healthy Communities Need Healthy Rivers; Caitlyn Sarawan of Scottsville Senior Primary School with Collage; Jayden Gengen of Scottsville Junior Primary with Be Kind to the Water; Liezl Strachan of Athlone with Mtini’s High Five; Angelique dos Santos and Amy-Louise Nel of Clarendon with Save or Die; John Ntumba of Ridge Junior Primary with Water is Life and Andile Zikhali of Prince Alfred with A Clean and Healthy Environment.


Kelsy Foster of Howick Preparatory with Dirty Rivers; Christa-Marie Thompson of Pelham Senior Primary with “Stop Pollution; Danielle Cairnes of Howick Preparatory with Keep Our Water Clean!; Katherine Blackmore of Athlone with Save the Duzi and The Environment; Allan Fryer of Howick Preparatory with Stop the Litter; Candace Swart of Laddsworth with Help the World and Ndlovu Zinhle of Mpolweni Secondary with We are Connected.


Thinabethu Mbongwa of Scottsville Junior with Don’t Dirty our Msunduzi – Turn It Into a Beauty; Nondumiso Zuma of Prince Alfred with Clean Rivers; Tyla Cox of Epworth with Dirty Rivers; Shaen MacDevette of Laddsworth with River of Life and Hlengiwe Mthethua of Mpolweni with Building Bridges.

If you would like more information regarding this campaign or to become involved in restoring the health and beauty of Pietermaritzburg and its river systems please contact campaign co-ordinator Pandora Long at 072 692 8124 or Andrew Booth at Duct at 033 342 3012 or 082 603 4098.

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