An 80-year-old resident from Westridge in Mitchell’s Plain uses his artistic talents to uplift the community. David Jaftha recently completed a mural inspired by The Jungle Book for the Little Cubs Scouts Academy in Westridge. Jaftha says he started his hobby when he was 16 years old and enrolled at Vasco Secondary School. He says he usually just gives his paintings away when people show a liking for them. Jaftha says that the children who watched him paint the mural seemed quite impressed with his work. He added that, although he doesn’t paint every day, he loves doing it. “I don’t think I will ever stop painting. My right arm will have to be broken for that to happen,” says Jaftha.His grandson Jesrael Jacobs describes Jaftha as being an inspiration to everyone he meets. He says his grandfather has such positive energy. Jacobs says Jaftha is always willing to lend a hand and to offer his artistic talents for the enrichment of the community. His motivation for painting the mural was to create a sense of joy for the young scouts.Jacobs adds: “He painted the mural in the likeness of the characters from The Jungle Book purely out of the goodness of his heart, expecting nothing in return.”He says that the mural is the latest example of his grandfather’s many selfless acts in making the world a better place. “Whether it is revamping the Bibles of local churchgoers, his brilliant paintings of Table Mountain or the creation of a Nelson Mandela portrait made entirely from rice (which hangs at the Mandela Foundation), it is all done with love,” he says.Jacobs says Jaftha’s youthful and creative spirit is a source of entertainment and strength for his family and the Westridge community.