Mural brings hope

Cutting the ribbon from left are Councillor Benedicta van Minnen, Mayco member for human settlements, Pauline Houniet, and Jabaar Cassiem Mohamed.

The City of Cape Town’s mosaic mural project has given 13 young people from Manenberg and two from DeafSA a public platform to showcase their creative talents, cultivated through interactive training.

The black and white floral-themed mosaic mural boasts splashes of the City’s corporate logo colours in bloom.

It has been installed at the entrance and exit doors to the Cape Town Civic Centre. The mural is situated at the escalator lobbies on the ground floor off Old Marine Drive, opposite the long-distances bus terminal.

The project cost about R131 000, which included the artwork, materials, training and installation. The youths also received stipends provided by the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).

This project was the brainchild of recently retired City employee Pauline Houniet following the success of the Manenberg mosaic mural project that has been completed and will be installed at the local housing development.

The 15 youths for this project were selected from the team who worked on the Manenberg mosaic mural project. Furthermore, the youths from DeafSA received training in mosaic artwork. Mosaic Works provided the training and managed the mosaic artwork process and its installation.

The City’s Mayco member for human settlements, Benedicta van Minnen said this mosaic mural project was a prime example of the value of partnerships. “The City’s human settlements directorate, DeafSA, the EPWP programme and Mosaic Works have come together to invest in the lives of our youth.This project showcases the budding creativity and talents of our youth and demonstrates the City’s commitment to assist our young people by empowering them through skills development. It is very encouraging to see that our youth have not allowed their individual circumstances to limit their performance and curb their enthusiasm to seeing the project come to fruition,” said Ms Van Minnen. “Overall, we are very proud to have this artwork displayed at a City facility and we hope the handiwork of our young people will welcome and inspire the visitors entering and exiting the Cape Town Civic Centre on Old Marine Drive,” she added.