Art project aims to provide opportunities

A student busy creating another piece.

Community activist, Phelane Phelane, is at it again with his decision this time of placing his focus on developing the skills of youngsters in the Bloemfontein community.
The programme involves teaching the candidates art skills, such as making decorations with a variety of objects such as vases and rugs.

In an interview with Bloemfontein Courant the 40-year-old community worker said he aims to train the youth in different ways in order for them to be self-dependent and not turn to a life of crime. “We are currently facing problems with youth unemployment, so we are trying to give these youngsters a set of skills which will enable them to create a better life for themselves. Our goal is to see youth become independent and be entrepreneurs in future,” said Phelane.

The project that takes place in Bergman Square, and also includes teaching youngsters skills such as plumbing and vegetable planting. It currently has two volunteers working with 35 children and 70 youth members. After completion of the programme, Phelane will provide the individuals with a certificate.

Phelane has asked for the assistance of the community as well as local businesses to help provide materials that will enable the students to complete their projects. “We want to see our programme make progress in helping develop the youth and growing bigger around the country. We are looking forward to the support from our business people from all over,” concluded Phelane.

To get involved, please contact Phelane on 073 3929 447 or send an email to

Pierce van Heerden