South Africa needs the arts

News24 | Georgina Guedes:


A few years ago, when I was covering The Loerie Awards, they awarded a special scholarship to Siyabonga Ntamela, a young learner that had applied for their Creative Future Scholarship, but didn’t meet the requirements of all the criteria.

He had, however, been drawing exciting, unsettling sketches in ball point pen on whatever scraps of paper he could find in his township school.

Siyabonga Ntamela

So the Loeries team found the funding to put him through college where he could learn to be an illustrator.

Nothing in Siyabonga’s environment nurtured his talent. His materials were limited to whatever he could find, and he had no formal instruction in fine arts. Nonetheless, the desire to create was inside of him, and so he did…


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