Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)
ARTiculate London - ARTIST FOCUS: Anish Kapoor
Anish Kapoor’s searing piece for the ARTiculate exhibition in London tomorrow night is based on the moving testimony ‘The Dream’ by Mojabeng Tiba, aged 15, Rammulotsi Township, South Africa. Here is your chance to own this incredible piece of work… and help this incredible girl…
“The saddest story as a child. It was in December holidays when I visited my aunt in Benoni. My mother was in Kroonstad hospital [with AIDS related infection] when my grandmother call us telling us that my mother was transferred to another hospital. I hoped that my mother would be better in a few days because when we called the hospital they keep telling us that my mother was better than before. I then had hope that she will be cured and would work for us so that we could have a better life. One night, December, 2012, we again called the hospital and they tell us that my mother will be fine in few days. My aunt send money the following day so that we can go and visit my mother in hospital in Bloemfontein. Then my grandmother went to withdraw the money the same day. On the 11 December 2012 when I wake up I had this horrible dream about my mother – this was my first time to have this kind of dream. The dream was about my mother’s death. When I wake up I want to my aunt’s bedroom and found her sitting on the bed crying. She told me to go back to the bedroom, but I refused and said – ‘there is no need to tell me’- she said – ‘tell you what?’ – and I said, ‘That my mother has passed away last night’. She asked me ‘How do you know?’ and she was asking me – I then started to cry out loud but people came and comforted me that everything will be well. In my heart I keep telling myself that people don’t feel the pain I feel when I think of my youngest sister who is thirteen year old and also my brother who is nineteen years - I feel like crying. It was very sad to my family and to my mother’s friends. The most painful day and sad day was on her funeral on 22 December 2012 in Rammulotsi/ Viljoenskroon.”
Trash Hash A Resounding Success!!!!
I remember reading the Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain when he was punished by his aunt by being made to whitewash their durawall. He made the punishment look fun to do to the extent that his neighbor begged him to allow them to assist him. He loved it and even went on to charge them some money to take part in the punishment.
Dramatic Need yesterday launched the Annual Dramatic Need Trash Hash, a project meant to bring the community together in doing something useful and fun to do. We went around our location, Rammulotsi declaring war on waste and all forms of dirt and rubbish.
When asked how it was, most participants just said; ‘It was fun. We thought it was going to be boring but it turned out to be fun.
Companies like Spar, Pick and Pay, Outovaria and individual well wishers came in to sponsor our fun walk and clean up. We even got bottled water to quench our thirst as we worked. The proceeds will go to our closing event penciled for the 30th of November 2013.
What a day and what an adventure.
The joy of it lay in the fact that it was not in vain. Itumeleng, a Dramatic Need member said; ‘We did something important, we cleaned our environment.