Soweto Towers Competition

We recently took the cooling towers in Orlando under our wings and as part of the sponsorship, we decided to give local artists the opportunity to rebrand this key heritage site in a way that captures the great significance which they hold for the local residents. 

We ran a competition earlier this year, calling local artists to craft and submit work which they felt would best fit the towers, and in the process this promised to have a positive impact on their art careers. The brief was simple: the artwork must celebrate the community of Soweto and clearly depict how our Vodacom network empowers South Africans through technology. 

A mind-blowing number of innovative, original entries was received and after a meticulous selection process led by renowned local artists, Bambo Sibiya and Karabo.

Now with the final artwork crafted and the painting process already underway, the time has come for us to introduce the talented winners who are sharing their vision and helping us celebrate our heritage.

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And the winners are...

Peter Silwimba

This Zambian-born, Pretoria-based artist is a 30-year-old “art geek” who has enjoyed a 16-year career in the arts. Peter is the co-founder of Layyers, an art- and technology-centric company that focuses on art, content management, motion graphics, storyboards and app development. He recently participated in (and won) a Hackathon, a hub where developers collaborate to solve a particular problem by mixing art and technology. 

Mduduzi Twala

This creative talent was born in Soweto and grew up in Zola North where his love for drawing was discovered at age 6. Inspired by iconic painters including Gerard Sekoto, Rembrandt and his own father, David Twala, he hosted his first art exhibition at the UBC offices in Soweto followed by the Naledi Sports Grounds’ BHP Billiton and the Soweto Theatre. Mduduzi’s paintings have been sold to prominent corporates and public figures including Clover SA, Old Mutual, Kofi Annan and Peter Vundla. 

Nkululeko Mahlangu

Raised in Rockville, Soweto, he was just a primary school student when he discovered art as a way of life and a career he would pursue. Nkululeko furthered his studies in visual arts and was later employed by Ochre Media as an assistant designer for the Kliptown Open-Air Museum. He worked extensively with a few NGOs to teach art through Soweto Kliptown Youth, and is now a professional visual arts practitioner and voluntary arts teacher. Having participated in several group exhibitions and two solo exhibitions, he hopes to run his own art institution and gallery.

Brenda Ramadiehe

34-Year-old Soweto-born artist, Brenda has an array of experience from workshop development and printmaking to puppet making and fine arts. Currently working as a facilitator and receptionist at the Artist Proof Studio, she continues to expand her knowledge and skills. She has showcased in a plethora of exhibitions including the ‘Images of Woman’ in 2012 and ‘Hot Off The Press’ held at the ABSA Arts Galley. To give back to her community, she started “Fun Art Friday”, a social gathering where youth from neighbouring countries in her neighbourhood get to collaborate on art-centric activities.


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