Patience Bambalele

The Ekurhuleni municipality has renamed its National Fine Arts Awards the Thami Mnyele Fine Arts Awards In honour of the late visual artist Thami Mnyele.

Mnyele died in exile in 1985.

The award honours people who show extraordinary skills in the fine arts.

Council spokesperson Zweli Ndlamini says: "For the past 20 years the awards have been among the top contemporary fine arts competitions in the country and renaming them after Thami Mnyele is a critical climax in the history of the awards, considering that Ekurhuleni is the only metro that hosts a national competition of this calibre.

"The impact of Mnyele's graphic art is immortal and will always tell the story of a potent weapon used against apartheid without bloodshed," he says.

The awards take place between May and June. The winner gets R30000. The Ekurhuleni Prize award winner gets R20000 and there is R5000 up for grabs for the Multi and New Media Merit Award, Painting Merit Award, Art on Paper Merit Award and Sculpture Merit Award.

Enter from 26 to 28 May by paying R50 per art work .

See the works at the Coen Scholtz Recreation Centre in Kempton Park from June 28 to July 10.