Joburg artists create a mural for 16 days of activism

PARTNERSHIPS FOR SUCCES: Barney Nkosi, On the Beat Communications and Versus Paints also partner up with the Commission on Gender Inequality.

25 November marks the official beginning of 16 Days of Activism against the abuse of women, children and the disabled. “On the Beat Communications is a small consultancy enterprise in the area of Concept Communications,” said Balfour Lekgwathi from On the Beat Communications, “We contribute innovate creativity through volunteering, thinking time and talent for a good cause, and in the process we demonstrate that social responsibility can be innovated through strategic partnering of resources.”

Balfour teamed up with artist Barney Nkosi and sponsor Versus Paints to create a mural on the wall of the Pikitup Selby Depot, situated on the corner of Village and Usher streets. The Commission on Gender Equality was also involved and their help line has been placed in the mural – to be used for any violent actions committed against women, children and the disabled.

Balfour explains that the concept is to give back to the community and “highlight the plight of activities committed against women and children”.

During 16 Days of Activism, it is well worth the time of all Joburg residents and visitors to view the mural which depicts the importance of women and children in the country, as well as to take note of the helpline for anyone in need.

A critical component of this intervention is to create a public artwork with a strong message that emphasises Gender Equality, Human Rights, Children’s Rights, Democracy and to give support to initiatives aimed at eradicating gender inequalities and other social ills.

Racine Edwardes

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