Photo Credit: Clean Projects

Schools in and around Benoni united in paint to upgrade a wall in need of some love for Wordsworth High School. Together, they created a melting pot of masterpieces!


Benoni, South Africa (07 November 2023) — Brushes battled it out recently to transform a dull wall in need of love outside Wordsworth High School into a symphony of colour, creativity and care.

Eighteen schools joined forces as part of the mural competition by Clean Projects—a community non-profit that’s dedicated to uplifting and beautifying Benoni, especially through clean-ups and environmental efforts.

Clean Projects, founded by Jonathan Etherington in late 2022 is chalked down to a simple concept: “little things can make a big difference”.

This sentiment echoes loudly throughout all their community endeavours because something as simple as a mural project to uplift a school is the very culmination of a lot of little efforts (some from little locals) making a big and beautiful change.

From nursery schools to high schools, creativity flowed in abundance as the multiple murals came together in their own styles to create a big wall of kindness.

The murals were inspired by elements that represent local pride, both Benoni and the schools that created them. Smiling flowers, jacaranda tree treasures, ‘Go Bokke’ dedications, notes of Benoni (including a dedication to Charlize Theron) and rainbows reimagined in myriad styles all united in paint to create a loud and proud masterpiece.

Look! Mural Competition Reveal

The public can vote for their favourite mural by liking the photo they love the most on Instagram, and the school with the most votes will win a prize for their hard work.

These are the latest of several other murals that have recently added magic and messages to parts of South Africa. In mental health murals, artist Bushy Wopp (Chad Hanning) created an important scene in Woodstock that serves as a visual reminder to check in on our loved ones, while in Parow, the bees took centre stage as a neglected wall turned into a buzzing creation by Wayne ‘Conform’ Beukes.

Sources: Clean Projects 
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