Coming together to brighten wall

2019-02-12 06:00
The newly painted wall.

The newly painted wall.

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UCT’s Graduate School of Business Bertha Centre along with other key stakeholders in Philippi Village put together a group of local artists from different organisations to meet the needs of the community of Philippi from Tuesday 8 to Monday 21 January.

These artists were challenged to create a storytelling mural on the walls of the Bertha Centre to give life to their premises.

They created over 200 stories through writing, drawing, song and spoken word, all co-designed into a mural for the wall, including the fictional character of Thembi, a woman who tells all about the life of an ordinary resident of Phillipi.

This centre provides space to various businesses, which all focus on encouraging and promoting entrepreneurship among the youth.

There are currently up to seven different members operating from the centre.

According to a Philippi resident, Vanessa Manyisane, research was conducted and the community indicated that they wanted to see more colourful artwork.

She says it was good to see diverse talent put together, sharing the same vision.

The UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) together with its partners came up with the idea of building a wall around the premises, which according to Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana, the interim director at the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, is aimed at providing security for the tenants in these premises.

“We want to have a trust-based relationship with the community, especially our immediate neighbours, as that relationship impacts the success of what we do inside the village and this project has taken us a little closer towards this goal – even though challenges still exist. Through the building of the wall and the mural project that emerged, we have had a chance to discover each other and work in unity.” says Makalima-Ngewana.

“We’ve been exploring ways to break down the barriers between Philippi Village and the communities it wants to serve,” adds William George, a representative of the Philippi Village Board.

Chad Hanning from Kensington was the facilitator and he says it was “awesome” to be part of giving back to the community and getting to learn about the issues affecting people from outside his communities.

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