Too poor to dabble in graphic design and
architecture Sifiso took the bull by the horns
and studied Fine Arts at the Durban Institute
of Technology. Soon too broke to put food in his
mouth he asked for a job at UmAfrika ( local Zulu
weekly news paper) . Cyril Madlala (editor), doing
his Good Samaritan bit, decided to give him a break.
The boy knew how to scribble on paper and produce
politically profound cartoon ideas. Initially not well
paid, Sifiso soon had lost more weight than he
could regain. Artworks Publishing Company came
to his rescue and he regained some equilibrium.
Worked as an illustrator for about nine months
while compiling a killer portfolio that would snag
him a job as cartoonist/ illustrator for South
Africa’s baby news paper THIS DAY.
Still young, Sifiso has dreams- we are hopeful he
won’t be asking what those are in few years time.
Believing that cartoonists are an endangered
species in this country, Sifiso wants to recruit as
many young cartoonists as possible.
Maybe a cartooning college could fix this.
Or maybe a www.sifiso.com site someday.
Licking his chops at being the first “black” certified
daily cartoonist, making history doesn’t come easy
in this country so full of big achievers.
Oh, highlights of his career so far ? Exhibiting at
the "Black and White in Ink" exhibition at the
NSA contemporary art gallery.
Chuffed at being alongside greats like
Shapiro, a.k.a. Zapiro, Nanda Sooben
and many others.
His cartoon strip called Pantsula has featured in
Mamba Comix. What’s driven him so much?
His family: he wants them to have a better life.
This guy is seriously sweet. He is buying his mom
a BMW as soon as he gets rich. Irrespective of
the fact that he might never...
( I’d try him, if I
were you, in any cartooning do,
he is without a doubt a CARTOON JUNKY)