WINNING MURAL: Bathandwa Ndondo Senior Secondary School, Mnxe Village, Cala, received the first prize of R1000 for their murals on the sides of a bus stop along the national route R410 between Lady Frere and Quiba in the Eastern Cape. Principal Busisiwe Sidumo-Gqweta (left), art teacher Sakhisizwe Ntwana visited one of the winning murals the learners painted. Some of the learners who painted the mural were (standing from left), Mthetho Matomela, Sibaphiwe Manyingiza and Buhle Gomba. The bus stop mural competition was a community involvement initiative rolled out by SANRAL following a recent periodic maintenance project in the area.
CACADU (formerly Lady Frere): A community involvement initiative which sought to both uplift and inspire ownership of the recently rehabilitated R410 national road between Lady Frere and Quiba, in the Eastern Cape, encouraged approximately 36 primary, secondary and high school pupils to hone their artistic skills and beautify over 40 dilapidated bus stops in the area.
Twelve schools located along the route participated in a bus stop mural competition hosted by the South African National Roads Agency (SOC) Ltd (SANRAL). Pupils were provided with the materials and tools needed to design and paint the bus stops and traffic calming and safety measures were put in place on the days that the painting took place.
“Forty-four bus stops located within the project limits that were found to be in poor condition, were included in the initiative. Competition participants were given a timeframe in which to complete the murals and the winning murals were selected by the Project Engineer, Project Manager and contractor,” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said.
First place went to Bathandwa Ndondo Senior Secondary School located in Mnxe Village, Cala, whose bus stop mural is situated at km48.6 along the route. The winning mural’s school received a R1000 cash prize.
Second place went to Nompumelelo Junior Secondary School, situated in Percy Village, Lady Frere and third place was won by Ntlalontle Junior Secondary School, located in Lady Frere. Second and third place received R750 and R250 respectively.