We need to support children. When you believe in a child, and you show love, you don't know how far it goes in opening them up!"
Art is medicine for the heart!
"It unifies people. I'm a communicator, I want to tell the truth as I see it!"
Her father, Sicelo Mhlauli, was an anti-apartheid activist, who as one member of a group that came to be known as the Cradock Four, was murdered for his views and the courage he had to voice them, when Babalwa was merely nine years old.
So it was that later, at the still tender age of 19, Babalwa Mhlauli became the youngest person ever to testify before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) following the years of struggle in her homeland of South Africa.
"I told them that we wanted to forgive, but we didn't know whom to forgive," she says simply. "Children are often left behind. They're part and parcel of what's going on, and much more observant than what you think."
It was the beginning of a warm relationship with Archbishop Desmond Tutu. She was extremely honored when Tutu later visited her at her flat to see her paintings one year.
"It was my most defining moment - he showed me love and encouraged me, he gave me wings to soar."
Babalwa Mhlauli says every moment is extraordinary for her, and she intends making dramatic changes in society. "People need to accelerate change - there is work to be done, there is everyday healing to be done!"
Here Babalwa is speaking to children in Gaduka Village, the Eastern Cape Province, where Nelson Mandela was born, as well as some of the leaders of ANC that sacrificed their lives for the New Found Freedom, celebrated in South Africa today. She reminds the kids of the better future they can help to create.
VISION: Red Location Museum of Struggle will focus on the memorialisation and depiction of the apartheid narrative. It will portray the horrors of Institutionalised Racism and the heroic struggles of the Anti-Apartheid movement aimed at liberating the oppressed people. Responsive to the developmental needs of the local community, the museum will be an integral component of initiatives and programmes associated with the empowerment, education and redress of the local community at large. The museum will be a locally responsive institution of international standing.