Learnerships to groom local artists


The Mogale City Metro is poised to earn itself a place on the world map, thanks to its rich culture and heritage.

In a move that will see its rich history turn into a story of opportunity and development, the council is offering young and upcoming local artists learnerships to enable them to chronicle past and present events through images.

The learnership project, which is being spearheaded by the Mogale Foundation, will culminate in selected learners producing a life-size bronze metal sculpture celebrating the country's decade of democracy.

According to the Mogale Foundation spokesperson Tula Dlamini the proposed sculpture will become a central feature of a workers museum highlighting the role and contribution of mineworkers to the economy of South Africa in general and Mogale City in particular.

"The learnership scheme is aimed at encouraging self-expression, imagination, sensitivity and powers of thinking among budding artist in Mogale City," he said.

He added that prospective learners would be identified through an open and transparent audition.

From the hundreds of prospective learners anticipated to take part in the learnership, only five will be selected for the learnership.

While the task of producing a sculpture dealing with such an emotional theme may prove a mammoth task to the young artists, the fact that they will be working with one of the finest artist in Africa will serve as a huge inspiration.

Adam Madebe created Kgosi Mogale statue that was unveiled during last year's heritage celebrations in Krugersdorp.

This kind of a statue invoked renewed interest in the history of the Batswana and also serves as a reminder of the role played by traditional leaders in shaping the future of this country.

He will take the students under his wing for the duration of the learnership project.

The company that is involved in the project, the Mogale Arts Development Company, is a product of the City's private-public partnership programme.

Towards the end of 2003, the city supported the formation of the Mayoral Trust Foundation in order to enhance community development initiatives, ranging from arts, sports, heritage, economic projects, social health etc.

The following year Mogale Arts Development Company was launched as an arts and culture development flag ship for the Mogale Foundation.

With more than 50 arts and culture initiatives registered in the city's database, Mogale City is positioned to become a hub of cultural and heritage activities.

It is also home to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site.

Meanwhile, the National Arts Council has funded the learnership project to the tune of R180 000.