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NINGIZIMU BANNER (article first published : 2003-04-6)

Robin Opperman art teacher of the Ningizimu School for the Severely Mentally Handicapped has been correspondnig with Lynda Eustace, a teacher from a private college in Canada. She will be visiting Durban to work with the youngsters at Ningizimu while exploring the possibilities for future links between the two institutions.

Pupil Noxolo Nomvete, who is being paid for her labour, is hand sewing a banner that will return to Canada with Lynda Eustace, as well as a sample of other work that has been purchased from the pupils.

“We want this banner to tell our story in Canada,” explains Robin. “We wanted something that depicts Durban and what better image than the Sun? It also meant we could use bright and shiny materials, which are very in character for us and the work that we do.”

In another project completely, Ningizimu was donated an old DSTV satellite dish which the pupils are busy turning into a chandelier with beadwork hanging from it. Liz Palmer from the Artworks Trust supplied a donation of beads which are being used them to make the thicker bead columns in the middle which when lit, look like fibre optics. The youngsters are having fun producing this transformation and get paid for their work.

More details regarding Ningizimu projects from Robin Opperman on 031 305 3408, fax 031 305 6090 or cell 082 661 3720, e-mail: robino@telkomsa.net or visit the website: http://home.telkomsa.net/tabby




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