Litha gifted art tools

2017-10-26 06:00
Andries Starke, manager of Lulenco Plant Hire, Litha Mayiya, receipient, Lee Du Preez, managing director of BEEnovation, Nompumelelo Rakabe, Mayiya’s art teacher and mentor and Nosipho Mayiya, mother, on Monday, in Gugulethu.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

Andries Starke, manager of Lulenco Plant Hire, Litha Mayiya, receipient, Lee Du Preez, managing director of BEEnovation, Nompumelelo Rakabe, Mayiya’s art teacher and mentor and Nosipho Mayiya, mother, on Monday, in Gugulethu.PHOTO: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Litha Mayiya,14, a young visual artist from Gugulethu is in cloud nine after receiving a year’s supply of paints and brushes in order to advance in his chosen field.

The donation was courtesy of Lunenco Plant Hire and BEEnovation.

Lulenco Plant Hire (Pty) Ltd is mainly involved in plant hire and civil contracts while BEENovation helps businesses use legislation such as B-BBEE, Employment Equity and Skills Development to increase their profitability and fulfil their purpose, mission and vision.

The donation was made possible after Lee Du Preez, managing director of BEEnovation came across a tweet by Nompumelelo Rakabe, Mayiya’s art teacher and mentor, where she gave details of Mayiya making a career in the field.

Du Preez said he decided to make the donation to ensure that he(Mayiya) gets assistance to realise his dream.

“When I saw the tweet, I said to myself, let me come and help the talented child to achieve his goals.

You will not pay back anything for the donation, but I hope that you will also make an impact on someone else’s life in future. Go out there and make us proud,” Du Preez said.

Mayiya was left “speechless” when the donation was delivered to his house at NY100, in Gugulethu.

The Grade 8 learner from I.D Mkhize High School later said he was “very happy and excited” about the donation.

His mother, Nosipho Mayiya, said her son’s journey in art started when he was seven years old as he liked to draw the cartoon characters he watched on television.

“I soon realized that he liked art and I helped him, because he loved it. He did not like playing outside like any other children. I am very happy for the donation that he received,” she said.

He sold his first piece of artwork to Professor Alex Flett, from Scotland, at the age of 12.

He also sold one of his art works to Patricia De Lille, executive mayor of Cape Town, at the Mayor’s First Thursday exhibition last month.

His work has also been shown at the Artscape Theatre.

Mayiya is a member of Project Playground, which is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to the upliftment and development of youth from disadvantaged areas, through art.

Nompumelelo Rakabe, Mayiya’s art teacher, said the donation was a real boost for Mayiya’s journey in the arts world. “It is going to inspire him and it will go a long way in helping him in his chosen career.

It is very expensive for one to buy all the equipment for the art. He(Mayiya) is very humble and respectful and he is always eager to learn. He does not give-up easily,” Rakabe said.

She also said her NGO has over 200 members between the ages of four and 19 years.

Project Playground has branches in Gugulethu, Langa and Samora Machel.

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