Moulding his future one grain at a time
Sibonelo Hadebe, a 32-year-old artist from Pinetown, makes a living from moulding with his hands, various designs using beach sand. His ‘site’ is on uShaka Marine beach, where he collects donations from the beach visitors, who request to take pictures of his work.
Unlike a lot of his competitors, Hadebe uses the money he makes, to support his family. Unlike his peers, Hadebe does not do drugs.
According to Hadebe, he does not have a fixed rate when ‘charging’ the visitors, he accepts whatever amount they choose to give him. A lack funds and opportunities led to Hadebe being a beach artist.
“I matriculated in 2006 and could not afford to go to university and therefore started doing this form of art,” he explained.
However, through his form of artistry, opportunity did come knocking on his door in 2016.
“In 2016 I collaborated with the BMW company when they launched their latest Mini Cooper, and they paid me R4000 to design a Mini Cooper figure using the sand, as part of their advertisement to people at UShaka Marine,” said an excited Hadebe.
Hadebe wishes to be recognised for his work to support his family properly since the money he makes at the beach is not enough to feed them. He also explained that now that there is free education, he is thinking of applying to colleges or universities to pursue formal studies in Art.
“I also do sculptures using wire, so I am more talented when it comes to art it is just that the environment that we are in only limits me to use the sand, which is not an easy thing to do because you have to be creative, come up with ideas to attract people,” he said.
He also explained that even doing the job that he does they also need permission to do it which makes it difficult for him to make a lot of designs because the space he was allocated is quite small and often limits his creativity.