Local learner wins with art work

2015-05-06 06:00
WINNER: Keitumetse Motsoane with his winning art work in the Sanral Road Safety Art Competition. The competition was open to all learners across the country and Keitumetse was tops in the Grade 7 to 9 category.

WINNER: Keitumetse Motsoane with his winning art work in the Sanral Road Safety Art Competition. The competition was open to all learners across the country and Keitumetse was tops in the Grade 7 to 9 category.

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KEITUMETSE MOTSOANE was elated to find out that he was one of the winners of the Sanral Road Safety Art Competition.

A 16-year-old learner at Amohelang Intermediate, Keitumetse was brought up in a single parent household in Botshabelo, about 50 kilometres east of Bloemfontein.

According to his art teacher, Isaac Mohalo, it was Keitumetse’s concern about the increase in the number of road incidents that he reads about and sees on television that motivated him to enter the competition.

“Keitumetse believes that something should be done to protect drivers and other users of the road, including ensuring good conditions of roads and road signs and markings,” he says.

Mohalo adds that Keitumetse also believes that part of the solution to the high road incident rate is deploying many more traffic officers. “In fact he also wants to be a traffic officer one day,” he says.

The art class that Keitumetse attends at his school is called Room 13 and his teacher describes it as an art studio run by learners for learners and supported by an artist-in-residence, within a school environment.

The main objective of the class is to unlock children’s imagination by developing their artistic expression across various forms, in particular visual arts and literature.

“Learners manage the studio as a business, electing their own management team each year.

“The artist in residence is their employee, not their teacher. This studio is an initiative by TBWA/South Africa, which funds the administration and logistical costs, with its partners, seeks donor funding to sustain and extend the programme,” says Mahalo

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