“WE GIVE thanks for 15 years of a sustained and meaningful record of programme implementation to improve lives through education and small business development,” commented the CEO of Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation- Mmabatho Maboya.
She was giving a key-note address as the foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary through art at the historical Constitution Hill, (Women’s Jail) Braamfontein on a rainy Wednesday.
Continued Maboya:“The exhibition is part of the 15th anniversary commemoration activities of Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. It allows us to celebrate an important milestone with a public event,” she said.
The exhibition was awash with 70 art work from learners and designs from SA’s emerging and established artists, that is made up of art, posters, photography, video and craft, whose theme “main road” speaks of inequality, inclusion and exclusion, fragmentation and cohesion, borders and boundaries.
Unathi Nkuna, from Alexandra is a 14 year old, whose photographic work was on display on the evening.
“I became interested in the photography from a young age, hence today I’m exhibiting my work that was made possible by the Ntethelelo Foundation, who took us to the exhibition center next to the market theatre to learn and perfect our work,” says Unathi, who was influenced by other artists work.
The grade 9 pupil at Alexandra High went to point out that, she wanted to prove to her Mom that photographic art is the way, “after not believing in me” she pointed out.
“I want to pursue photographic studies after completing my grade 12, so as to travel the world because one can tell a story through a lens,” she said unperturbed.
Albeit she wants to be a Vet after her matric, for Molly Lebea photography means being creative.
The shy but out-spoken Grade 7 at Marlborough High, hints that “if I can take care of my work (both school and photography) I will be a better person like our First Lady Dr Motsepe- Ramaphosa”.
“My creative juices will help me to capture, if not, award images, as I grow with my photographic lessons.
Who knows I might end up taking it as a career, if only I could convince my family that I can do it,” says Molly.
Both Molly and Unathi were the only two from Ntethelelo Foundation to exhibit their work to multitudes of guests that included First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe, wife to Pres Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa, amongst others.
Due to other commitments- unfortunately the Pres could not make it.
“The exhibition evokes a thoughtful interrogation of the “main road” that divides and connects us” wrapped up Maboya.
It runs from November 21 to December 15 at the Women’s Jail- Constitution Hill.
Image Mdu Mphahlele (Backing young artists. In attendance was First Lady Dr Tshepo Motsepe (middle) Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation CEO Mmabatho Maboya (extreme right) and other guests at the exhibition launch held on Wednesday evening at the Constitutional Hill- Women’s Jail (Braamfontein).