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#WorldWaterDay: How water shortage in Cape Town is affecting residents in informal settlements

by: Onele Liwani - 22 March 2017

#WorldWaterDay: How water shortage in Cape Town is affecting residents in informal settlements

Dam levels in Cape Town have been desperately low over the past few months with the city enacting water restrictions and fines for people found to be wasting water. For #WorldWaterDay I wanted to see how the water shortages are affecting the most vulnerable people in the city, the poor. I visited two areas, Marikana...

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Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2017 in pictures: YoungstaCPT, Zaki Ibrahim, Moonchild and more

by: Onele Liwani - 14 February 2017

Cape Town Electronic Music Festival 2017 in pictures: YoungstaCPT, Zaki Ibrahim, Moonchild and more

Last weekend the 6th annual Cape Town Electronic Music Festival was held at Cape Town’s City Hall. I attended two days of the 3-day festival. This was my third time at CTEMF, and this year’s was the littest I have experienced. With acts such as Stab Virus, Zaki Ibrahim, YoungstaCPT and Dilo Xclusiv, among others, I found myself...

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Cape Town photographer captures love on the streets in powerful new exhibition

by: Sabelo Mkhabela - 8 February 2017

Cape Town photographer captures love on the streets in powerful new exhibition

Love is the universal truth that connects us all. We fall in and out of it, feel the butterflies in our stomach and the stabs of jealousy in our gut, whether we live comfortably in the suburbs or sleep rough on the streets. That’s the message behind Noncedo Mathibela’s new exhibition, To Love or Not...

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#BlackOutClifton: “This space doesn’t represent us”

by: Onele Liwani - 31 January 2017

#BlackOutClifton: “This space doesn’t represent us”

This past Saturday, a group of young black people decided to occupy Clifton 4th beach in Cape Town. According to the poster, the gathering was organised for “black people to  reconnect with their land, by occupying parts of the city that were designed to exclude and keep them out of sight”. We spoke to a...

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A participant in Zanele Muholi’s portrait series chats to us about the importance of the project

by: Tshepo Mosokotso - 20 September 2016

A participant in Zanele Muholi’s portrait series chats to us about the importance of the project

There was a recent opening of the Faces and Phases exhibition at Stevenson’s gallery in Braamfontein, which features black and white portraits of black lesbian women, mostly from South African townships. Muholi said this is a lifetime project for her, “Faces and Phases is a lifetime project. Those with more portraits on the show are...

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This Jozi photographer uses her family’s pain to talk about family dysfunction

by: Nombuso Bhogolo - 12 August 2016

This Jozi photographer uses her family’s pain to talk about family dysfunction

In her photo series Closed Doors, Jo’burg photographer Remofiloe Sebobe (21) uses her story of growing up with an absent mother to make us interrogate the dysfunction of our families. Fee fie, as Remofiloe’s known online, busts open the conversations that our parents and families want to keep locked. When Fie fee began shooting Closed...

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Here is what photographers lose when celebs don’t #CreditThePhotographer

by: Neo Maditla - 12 July 2016

Here is what photographers lose when celebs don’t #CreditThePhotographer

Two recent pictures taken backstage at the SAMAs caused a bit of an uproar among photographers on social media. One is of Pearl Thusi looking down, and the other of AKA and Bonang holding hands while walking away from the camera. Both pictures were taken by 25-year-old photographer Austin Malema. He tweeted his displeasure under #CreditThePhotographer because celebs...

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“I don’t want my kids growing up in this place” – Blikkiesdorp resident

by: Tatum-lee Louw - 24 June 2016

“I don’t want my kids growing up in this place” – Blikkiesdorp resident

Blikkiesdorp was established as a temporary relocation area (TRA) in 2007 by the City of Cape Town. But nine years later, it is still home to about 30 000 people who are yet to be moved from what was meant to be their temporary home. We visited the residents to find out what their thoughts...

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“I wish we were not treated like dogs just because we’re homeless”

by: Xoliswa Qoni - 17 June 2016

“I wish we were not treated like dogs just because we’re homeless”

Homeless people in an informal settlement in Monte Vista, many who been evicted from here several times, say they are going nowhere and that they will be voting in the upcoming local government elections despite their current living standards. There are about 11 families in this area who survive financially by getting temporary domestic and...

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Lips on fleek – 3 young women on their love for lipstick

by: Goabaona Mathibe - 17 February 2016

Lips on fleek – 3 young women on their love for lipstick

Since ancient Mesopotamian times, lipstick has always been a part of women’s lives – changing shapes, shades and shimmers as time went by. Lipstick is the “pick-me-up” when I’m down” that only requires a dig in the handbag. Some might believe that it’s a waste of time, but it is an essential for those who...

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