Community and Charity

Greeff & local artists join forces to raise funds for much needed bursaries

Mike Greeff, Catherine Timotei and Trevor Manuel launched the auction at a press conference held at the Leonardo Da Vinci Art Gallery.

On March 16 2016, Greeff Properties hosted an art auction at The Reserve, Taj, Cape Town in aid of the Mitchell’s Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust. The event was attended by 200 guests and R394 000 was raised.

Noteworthy local artists whose work was auctioned included: Dion Cupido, Selwyn Pekeur, Kervin Cupido, Joyce Ntobi, Gail Catlyn, Beezy Bailey, Tyrone Appolis, Pieter Uitlander and Gregoire Boonzaier among others.

Highlights of the evening included:

Out from the dark by DION CUPIDO sold for R45 000.

Cupido began creating art as a means of expressing himself, not as a way to earn a living. “But we were not gangster-type graffiti artists,” he insists. It was only when a friend’s younger brother, who was studying art for matric, asked Cupido to help him with a project that he realized he could paint and that he loved it. He is famed for selling a piece to Beyoncé.

A piece by Joyce Ntobi titled, “I dreamt I flew away with the Americans in their Cadillac” sold for R25 000.

Key speaker and Founding Patron of the Trust, former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said: “Our country’s youth have immense potential, but for them to realize their dreams we need a bigger push to support those who triumph against considerable odds to make it into the classes of universities, technikons and colleges.” He added that education is a great leveler and is one of the critical factors in changing the society in which we live and ensuring that young people from poor communities are able to study at tertiary institutions will go a long way toward building the South Africa that so many people sacrificed and died for. The Mitchell’s Plain Bursary and Role Model Trust is one example of a community-based organisation that is working to make it possible for deserving matriculants and students to pursue their dreams

Mitchell’s Plain is a predominantly poor area on the Cape Flats with 17 high schools serving approximately one million people.

Mike Greeff, the founder of Greeff Properties and key sponsor of the Art Auction, said his company was proud to be assisting the Trust in its fundraising drive. “Arts and culture are at the very heart of the Mother City and Greeff Properties has a history of supporting Cape-based artists from previously disadvantaged communities,” said Greeff. “Art and real estate are commodities which share a very special sector, and we felt that this event was not only very appropriate, but indeed a good opportunity for our clients to acquire what is likely to become very valuable art in the future and at the same time support a very worthy cause which nurtures a variety of deserving young talented individuals and not just artists,” added Greeff.

Also sponsoring the event by providing a venue to show the art in the weeks leading up to the auction, Catherine Timotei, owner of the Leonardo Da Vinci Art Gallery, said the auction was a unique way for art collectors to support the Trust and its bursary recipients from Mitchell’s Plain.

“Art is an extraordinary vehicle for young people to express themselves and with the life experience of youth who are growing up in Mitchell’s Plain, there is great potential for them to develop artistic skills,” said Ms. Timotei.