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Guest : Mark Jeneker

Shades of darkness lingered over Mark Jeneker’s life. He’d dealt drugs in Mitchells Plain
for over 20 years, did time in prison, and eventually began using the substances he sold.
After being kicked out of rehab, it took the death of both his teenage sons to stop
Jeneker in his tracks. He couldn’t continue this way. Drawing from his childhood passion
for art, he created opportunities that continue to colour his story today.
While trying to get clean, Jeneker picked up a brush and started painting to calm his
mind. When he didn’t have the funds for his son’s funeral, Jeneker sold his art to pay for
the ceremony. He realised then that he could use his abilities to give back to the
community he’d been taking from. For so long, Jeneker had the power to destroy
children’s lives by selling drugs to them. But with art, he could inspire them to strive for
more. So Jeneker began offering free classes to schools in Mitchells Plain. It’s been
seven years since Jeneker chose this path. Today he’s a role model, a LeadSA hero, and
the owner of his own studio.

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