Turning rubbish into art

Port Elizabeth “visual artist” Sibingelelo Mguga is putting his creativity to good use, keeping children off the streets by teaching them how to make their own works of art.

GOOD NEWS: Sibingelelo Mguga makes his artwork from recycled material.

Mguga, 40, an unemployed father from Veeplaas, has been producing his own artworks from recycled materials since 2011, after losing his job at an elevator company.

He began his creative journey by turning a former illegal dumping site into a craft hub, where he produces his artwork as well as teaching youth how to make things with their hands.

“When I initially got here, some of the residents were angry with me because they said no one had a problem with the dump site, no one complained and here I came,” he chuckled.

“I collected material from construction sites, some stuff I picked up, but everything I use is recycled,” Mguga said.

Placed next to a white tin shack in Khoza Street, Mguga’s 3D creations depict society’s contrasts, mansions opposite shacks and informal dwellings.

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