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LWANDISO Njara is one of several talented local sculptors who relish every opportunity they get to speak their mind using various materials.
Born in Libode in Eastern Cape Njara's creativity was finally recognised when he became runner-up in this year's PPC Cement Sculpture Competition.
He was among the young artists given an opportunity to showcase their talent through the affordable and versatile medium of concrete.
Now doing his third year at Tshwane University the young visual artist demonstrated the technical ability and creativity of an artist combined with outstanding conceptual design and thinking.
His sculpture of nine Metrobus drivers on a wage strike symbolises the struggles of the working man.
This piece earned him R25000.
The judges deemed the piece a well-executed sculpture incorporating an interesting combination of various media and high artistic values.
Njara says he used materials such as aluminium, cement and metal.
"The piece was inspired by the industrial action that took place this year in the urban areas." he says. "I followed the metro bus drivers who were on strike.
"In the same piece I also look at the scarcity of jobs in South Africa."
Njara says winning the competition has really open doors for him.
"Before I entered the competition people didn't know me. Now even the press is interested in me. "I am excited about the fact that my sculpture has been sold for R12000."
Njara's art career started at at school.
"In high school teachers encouraged me to take art seriously," he recalls. "I now love sculpture more than painting."