You Will Be Blown Away!

You are invited to view the eighth DUCT Art Campaign at the Liberty Midlands Mall, Food Court between the 3rd and 9th November!

Pre-Primary, Junior and Senior Primary and Secondary Schools from Pietermaritzburg and surrounds have submitted outstanding artwork for the Duzi Umgeni Conservation Trust’s (DUCT) 2014 Art & Environment Campaign. This year’s story concept introduces “The Great Fracking Indaba”

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Our over-riding theme is HEALTHY RIVERS = HEALTHY PEOPLE and learners were free to choose to work within the story concept or to pick out an aspect of this theme that they would like to express.

In the story concept, Mtini, the Cape Clawless Otter and Mo, the Malachite Kingfisher learn about ‘fracking’ and prepare to take Mtini’s ‘High Five’ to the President to encourage him to respect the South African citizen’s right to a healthy environment and to follow the precautionary principle as embedded in our environmental legislation.   “The Great Fracking Indaba” encourages everyone to talk about the potential impacts of fracking on South Africa and on our water resources.

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Teachers were asked to explore our connection to our natural environment (economic, social and environmental) within the context of the need for more energy and water supplies for an ever growing population. Then to hold a discussion about the current situation in South Africa regarding the lack of monitoring and enforcement, particularly with regard to river health. Learners were then asked to express their vision for a solution to South Africa’s growing energy needs that involve a sustainable future and the conservation of healthy water resources.

Pandora Long, Education, Training & Development Practitioner, WESSA Eco-Schools Pietermaritzburg Cluster Coordinator and the coordinator of the DUCT Art Campaign is blown away by the entries this year. “The response to “The Great Fracking Indaba” has been outstanding with two of the schools submitting work that gives you absolute goose bumps!!  Then there is one high school, Fezokuhle Secondary that worked on the theme ‘Imagine uMgungundlovu 2030’ which carried on from last year.  You will not believe what some of these learners have drawn!  It is absolutely MIND BLOWING.  There are three or four artworks with Msunduzi of the Future!”

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DUCT would like to thank Liberty Midlands Mall and Hulamin for their valued support. Thank you also to Rob Robbertson of Jettison Timbers who has assisted the campaign almost since inception by creatively designing and putting up the trelliswork for the art display.  They have just opened a new shop in Howick called Timber Solutions and have the most phenomenal range of wooden products including trellis, flower boxes and outdoor furniture at exceptionally low prices.  This year Rob has added a small nursery to the venture and has enabled a most beautiful DUCT display stand at the Liberty Midlands Mall, Food Court.

The campaign is run in conjunction with WESSA Eco-Schools, Pietermaritzburg Cluster. Thirteen artworks will be chosen for the DUCT 2015 Calendar and these artists will receive a R50 Midlands mall gift voucher. You are invited to participate in the selection of the calendar. Create a list of your top 13 artworks, include the name and school and email to

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About Nikki Brighton

I live in Howick, between the river and the hills. I enjoy pre-dawn walks in the streets with my dog, sitting on the veranda with crochet and tea, and harvesting vegetables outside the kitchen door.
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