Right in the heart of KwaZulu Natal, lives a community bursting with possibility, filled with colour, and alive with South African people hungry for change. KwaMashu is a township on the outskirts of Durban, home to almost 200,000 people. The eThekweni Municipality chose this vibrant township as the first in a potential series of community upliftment projects, to revitalise the area.
The project saw the roll-out of a planned sports ground, FREELY available for the local community to utilise. The facilities available include a basketball court, netball court, indoor soccer field, table tennis, tennis courts, an outdoor gym, and bathroom facilities.
The municipality commissioned Resoborg to complete a “3D mural” around two containers in the newly uplifted community area. These containers are home to the bathroom facilities, with the vision of colour and creativity being used to brighten not only the containers but the entire area. Each container was filled with bright, colourful shapes and images, depicting a male and a female for the respective bathroom, and incorporating the sports theme into each. The shapes and colours are inspired by African patterns and designs, which Resoborg is strongly influenced by as an artist. The artwork wraps around the four sides of each container, with the fronts of the container spelling out “Freedom Park” across the length of both containers. Using spray paint, masking tape, and a lot of patience as he manoeuvered the bumpy surface of the containers, Resoborg refers to this project as both ‘fun and challenging’. Resoborg’s hope for this mural project is that it inspires the youth in KwaMashu to get involved in sport and find a passion for something healthy and uplifting.
The eThekweni municipality has plans to roll out more youth centres around KwaZulu Natal, hoping to uplift the area. This is a great initiative by the municipality, bringing positivity to this beautiful place we call home.
photos: Dawn Rouse