Art changed his life

2017-01-24 06:01
Oscar Mthombeni with some of his work. Photo: Nosipho Mkhize

Oscar Mthombeni with some of his work. Photo: Nosipho Mkhize

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GROWING up in Harare in Zimbabwe was tough for Oscar Mthombeni (35). His father was the bread winner who took care of six family members.
“My dad was born in South Africa, however, he married a Zimbabwean woman and that’s how he ended up living in Harare. When I completed my matric I had to look for a job, but in Zimbabwe it is very hard to find a job.

Mthombeni said in Gingindlovu they looked for work.
“I had to contact some of my friends who come from Zimbabwe because we needed to move to a busy place like Durban, and fortunately, they found a place in Mariannhill.
“Once there I thought about what I could do to bring in money, and began by making beaded wire sculptures to sell and also taught my brothers so they could also make a living.
“I learnt to do art work at school in my extra classes.

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