They got into the creative space with the help of someone who saw potential in them and gave them a chance to showcase their creativity.
They want to do the same for others.
The Mukheli Twins (Justice & Fhatuwani) and Sthu Manaka partnered with Tastic Rice through their My Loves Art Movement.
They curated 16 art pieces inspired by untold South African stories of true generosity and the spirit of Ubuntu. The collection was auctioned at an event attended by art collectors who fell in love with the pieces.
R1 million was raised during the auction event held at Hallmark House and it will go towards helping students in need.
They will get R25 000 each to further their studies.
The twins introduced themselves with their I See Different You work. They are photographers who became household names in the advertising agency, and they are also fine artists. Chatting with Drum, Justice says the most important thing for them was to be able to sell their work so that they can raise funds for school kids.
He says as My Loves Art, they ensured that their collection is a contribution towards assisting disadvantaged students through the Tastic Educational Fund.
“This idea came about because we are from Soweto, born and bred and we had challenges due to education. Now that we are where we are in our careers, raising funds to give opportunities to school kids is very important because we don’t want them to have the same journey and experiences that we had. As much as it looks beautiful now, it was a challenge for us to find our feet and we always knew that with education, the journey would have been much smoother,” Justice says.
He says their goal is to send more kids to school and contribute to someone else’s education because they were fortunate to meet mentors that helped to fast-tracked their journey.
"South Africa has its challenges and as a people, we need to play our part where we can, we are not saying we can change things but we do not want to complain but act more for the greater good," says Justice.
“As a community, we need to look within our immediate circumstances and resources and see what we can do with what we have to change our circumstances. The funding is targeting students across the board because the window for opportunities is too narrow if we aim to fund certain students.”
He says their artistic expression and body of work depict each of their stories. They encourage the public to showcase their spirit of generosity by supporting this movement to help the youth with access to education.
Details of how students can enter to benefit from the fund will be posted on the Tastic Rice social media pages.