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Esther Mahlangu Flies South African Flag High with Global Opportunity

Dr Esther Mahlangu is once again putting South Africa on the map with her Ndebele artwork. She has just closed a deal to become the first African artist to collaborate with the luxury car brand Rolls-Royce.

Dr Mahlangu will be unveiling her Rolls-Royce Phantom at The Melrose Gallery at One & Only in Cape Town.

She has previously done work for the BMW group in 2016. She worked on the 7 series car which was displayed at the Frieze Art Fair in London in that same year.

Social media users congratulated her for the incredible achievement. Facebook user Bridget Tjale said:

“Absolutely love this”

Khehla Mathe said:

“I’m inspired”

Lindiwe Mnguni said:

“That’s gonna be epic”

Buyi Hlabano said:

“I expect nothing but perfection”

Derick De Bruyn said:

“My heroine”

MJ Mtshali said:

“Can’t wait”

Nhlanhla Mahlangu said:

“Yes Gogo”

We gathered that Esther Mahlangu was born on 11 November, 1935 in Middleburg, Mpumalanga. She is of the South Ndebele heritage. She was the first of nine children: three girls and six boys. She is famously known for her specialisation in traditional Ndebele paintings and beadwork, a skill which is passed down through generations in the community, and she learned it from her mother and grandmother.

In the past, people used coloured clay to decorate their walls, but in the 1940s, the use of modern paints was introduced in the community and Ndebele art also evolved.


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