The passion for making statues for Derick Sithole from Malamulele in Limpopo began when he was just 10 using clay soil. Now 31, Sithole couldn’t ignore his calling and went to enroll for a three-year diploma in Fine Arts at the Vaal University of Technology in Gauteng.

Since then, Sithole has not looked back and has made some fine statues that have wowed his followers on social media. He has also produced a statue of current South African president Cyril Ramaphosa as well as beautiful tombstones.

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“The talent has always been on me so it’s in my blood,” he told Limpopo Chronicle.

“From the beginning when I was around 10 or 11 when I was playing with other kids at home. I was making those small animals with clay soil from the stream.

“So I would make bridges, Cars for the kids that I was playing with. I remember when I was doing grade 1, I entered a competition in Malamulele and I did well. So I continued to do Arts as I grew up but there was no subject called visual arts where I grew up,” he explained.

Derick Sithole pursuing his calling of making statues
A statue designed by Derick Sithole


“But when I went to University I found that course again so someone advised me to do that course. Then when I started my first year, it was not easy because it had been a long time without doing it at Secondary level. The first year was difficult but because the talent was in me, I managed to pass the first year.

“I have a passion for Art so that is why I do great work. My lecturer told me that if I keep my focus on this I can go far. So I started to put more work and practice into making the Artwork. So I started to do it for different companies.”

He now sells his products to different customers including families who need statues for tombstone unveiling. He can be contacted on his cellphone at: 071 190 8037.