Creative young artists

2009-10-15 00:00

THE 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup was the theme and inspiration for ­posters created by artists, some as young as six years old, who took part in this year’s Ub’ciko poster competition.

Organised by Ithala Limited in partnership with other organisations, the contest, which is now in its 15th year, aims to promote art in the province’s schools.

The entries were judged by ­Themba Shibase, an art lecturer at the Durban University of Technology, and Nathi Gumede, head curator of Kizo Art Gallery.

Cash prizes ranging from R2 500 to R20 000 were awarded to the top three in the categories six to nine years, 10 to 14 years and 15 to 18 years. The money will be held in trust for the youngsters to ensure they can pay for school fees, uniforms and books next year.

In the open category, 10 finalists were selected — Thobekani Dube, Thubelihle Hlela, Thabani Hlela, Mandla Khuzwayo, Xolani Cebe­khulu, Mlungisi Zama, Thabani Dlamini, Mduduzi Chili, Sbusiso Mbokazi and Xolani Dube. They will attend a workshop with Shibase and will then make works inspired by South Africa’s hosting of the World Cup, which will go on display at Kizo Art Gallery from October 21 to November 12.

Ithala chief executive P. S. C. Luthuli said the company had ­chosen to ­support the competition because it believes that the youth of the country needs to be supported.

“The youth is the future of the country. We want the youth to be ­visionaries and we targeted the 2010 tournament because the World Cup is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most of us,” he added.

“Not a lot of black people use art as a way of making a living but I hope that we can look back one day and say that we helped one of these young artists achieve success.”



Six to nine years: 1. S’busisiwe Ndlazi (Nansindlela Primary in Ingwavuma), 2. S’busisiwe Magubane (Limit Hill Primary in Ladysmith), 3. Nkosinamandla Ndlovu (Our Lady Primary in Ingwavuma), 4. Ntutuko Nkosi (Our Lady Primary in Ingwavuma), 5. Tebogo Nkosi (Our Lady Primary in Ingwavuma).


Ten to 14 years: 1. Qiniso Ndlovu (Nansindlela Primary in Ingwavuma), 2. Lwandile Mvelase (Holy Family College in Umlazi), 3. Thobekile Mthethwa (Dedangifunde High School in Madadeni), 4. Sibusiso Ndlovu (Dassenhoek Primary in Pinetown), 5. Janke Slabbert (Egerton Primary in Ladysmith).


Fifteen to 18 years: 1. Thobekani Dube (Clairwood High School in Umlazi), 2. Thubelihle Hlela (Umlazi Comtech), 3. Thabani Hlela (Umlazi Comtech), 4. Langelihle Mnyandu (Sithengile Secondary in Pinewalk), 5. Philani Hlabisa (Siyaphambili High School in Mtubatuba).

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