I’ll bet not many people know there’s a tin art gallery at the Makhadzi picnic site in the Kruger National Park. But there is and you should go along to give it your support.
The charming and friendly Joseph Ngwenya (pictured above) and Lombard Khoza are the men who look after the picnic site.
‘One day,’ the enterprising and talented Joseph tells us, ‘when all my work was done, I was looking for something to do.’ So he started fiddling about with some old cold drink cans and his knife. And so the tiny ‘gallery’ was born.
They’re on display at the thatched hut where you can hire a skottel and – in a clever move worthy of any big-city marketer – even the immaculate ladies loo has its own long-life bouquet of shrink-wrap flowers, bound to make you notice.
Lombard’s art is practical rather than merely decorative. In two neat rows, he cuts intricate slits into the cans, some bulging inward and others outward, to form decorative candlestick holders – a fun addition to your braai table.
A look at the two men’s fingers shows that their creativity is not without its price. They deserve encouragement for both their creativity and their entrepreneurial spirit. Go on, buy one of these ‘Makhadzi originals’.
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