Celebrating the continent through art and design
Sibusiso Mokhachane started the Soulart Foundation in 2015, to work on projects that focus on upliftment in local communities, youth development and recycling - like the open air art studio they are building on an old dumping site from 100% recycled materials. Another project is a company called Unlearn Africa, that works to preserve heritage and celebrate the continent's true beauty through art and design.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not working?
Observing people and having simple and thoughtful conversations. In short studying people.
What’s the next thing you’d like to tick off your bucket list?
Travelling the world, creating in all places that I wish to experience and explore in my lifetime.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
A morning person, I LOVE waking up at 2:00 in the morning to create, there’s something great about creating at the break of dawn.
What are you reading right now?
Still Gracing by Bra Hugh Masekela
What’s the weirdest thing in your bag right now?
A journal of people, places and spaces. I call it a catalogue of my existence.
What’s one question you would ask the president?
What’s his dream for AFRIKA?
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Believe in your ideas, you have a great gift to contribute to mankind.
What would you do with a R100 000 investment?
I would buy manufacturing machinery and invite more youth into my project. People need what I have and I need to share what I have, all of it, in my lifetime.
Name the talent you’d most like to have.
Telling stories through documentaries and movies.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My height, I would love to be taller. Girls are loving tall and handsome dudes, eissssssh.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Turning my passion and gift into a career, I’m proud of that.
What is your most treasured possession?
Industrial sewing machine. That’s my life right there.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve had to face in doing what you do?
Lack of proper funding has limited ways in which I express my ideas.
Which historical figure do you identify with the most?
Steve Bantu Biko
When and where were you happiest?
Selling my first backpack in Juta street, doing an informal pop-up, outside Post in Braamfontein. I will never forget that day, it was a stamp of approval, seeing people going crazy over what I created. No money can buy that experience. I never looked back ever since.