UKZN graduates want to improve the arts in PMB

2017-09-27 06:03
Pietermaritzburg Arts Kollection members (from left) Brenda-Lee Cele, Nqubeko Sithole, Zenzelisiphesihle Xulu and Nompilo Jili.PHOTO: supplied

Pietermaritzburg Arts Kollection members (from left) Brenda-Lee Cele, Nqubeko Sithole, Zenzelisiphesihle Xulu and Nompilo Jili.PHOTO: supplied

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THE University of KwaZulu-Natal graduates are determined to help art, drama and theatre students in Pietermaritzburg.

Four graduates - Brenda-Lee “Breeh” Cele, Nqubeko “Chase”
Sithole, Zenzelisiphesihle “Sparky” Xulu and Nompilo Jili started a
non-profit organisation, Pietermaritzburg Arts Kollection (Pak) in June and launched their website last Monday in Scottsville.

Pak wants to establish an artist hub where platforms will be created to ensure exposure of talents and keep the arts’ work alive while creating educational experiences across institutions.

The graduates told Maritzburg Fever­ they studied drama at UKZN, PMB campus and want to help and encourage those who love art to start something of their own, rather than remain idle.

Cele said: “Pietermaritzburg is overlooked when it comes to the arts, but to tell the truth there is a lot of talent here. “We want to inspire people and let them know that there are lots of jobs in art - you don’t have to be on stage to be involved with art.

“We want to push business, but at the same time we want to give people an opportunity to explore within our city,” she said.

She said they are not only focusing on arts, they also specialise in theatre and television.

“We just started holding drama workshops with some of the schools in Pietermaritzburg.

“We want to teach them [pupils] because some parents don’t have the money to send them to college and universities­ to study the arts and drama.”

Sithole said they are also encouraging people, especially the youth in

the arts or those who have studied art and drama to become self-
employed because it is difficult­
to make a good income in the arts.

“This will benefit the city because talented people won’t have to leave Pietermaritzburg­ to make it in the industry,” he said.

Sithole added that an artist or anyone­ in the art industry is welcome to join their team, as they will give him or her a platform where they are good in.

“We need support from everyone in Pietermaritzburg.

“We appeal to everyone, especially business people to assist us. “We just graduated from university and are not working.

“Everything we have done came out of our own pocket, but we won’t stop, we are here to stay.”

He said they will be soon
launching an online television show where they will air documentaries of Pietermaritzburg people who are doing well in their community.

To find out more about Pak, visit


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