Photo Essay

Photo of robot

Bridgetown man makes robots from scrap

I’ve always been good with my hands, says “Robot Man”

Text by Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 23 November 2018
Bo-kaap residents blocked a crane from entering during a protest against gentrification.

Bo-Kaap protesters in stand-off with crane

Four people arrested in clashes with police over new development

By Aidan Jones and Ashraf Hendricks - 20 November 2018
Over 1000 residents protest along Southern Bypass Street in Vredenburg.

Vredenburg closed off as protesters demand better living conditions

Shops shut and roads blocked

By Ashraf Hendricks, Kelly Vinett and Saam Niami Jalinous - 15 November 2018
Hundreds protest for better services including a police station and civic centre in Atlantis.

Mayhem in Atlantis over building of community hall

Rubber bullets fired and shop looted

Text by Kim Reynolds. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 18 October 2018
Washiela Baeers cleans her 6 month old son Waseem. Baeers has been a resident of Blikkiesdorp for 10 years. She said that it was nice staying in the church because "I can sleep tonight". Baeers didn't

Residents expelled from Blikkiesdorp amidst racial tensions

Over 20 people have sought shelter in the Methodist Church in central Cape Town

By Mary-Anne Gontsana and Ashraf Hendricks - 11 October 2018
Photo of Maiden's Cove beach

“In Camps Bay there’s lots of space – leave our beaches alone”

Capetonians speak out against development of Maiden’s Cove

By Barry Christianson - 25 September 2018

No progress for the “rainbow nation” without redress, says artist

In Things we lost in the Rainbow, artist Athi-Patra Ruga tries to reclaim the spaces from which he and many others have been historically exiled

By Ashraf Hendricks - 21 September 2018
Photo of queue in night at SASSA paypoint

In photos: The long wait for social grants

“I arrived here at 8:30pm on Wednesday, only to be helped the next day.”

By Masixole Feni - 15 August 2018
Photo of protesters running from a Nyala in Zwelihle in Hermanus.

In photos: Hermanus protests

Community want charges dropped against arrested leader

By Ashraf Hendricks - 16 July 2018
Photo of children playing on a hill just outside Blikkiesdorp, a temporary relocation area (TRA) found about 25km's from Cape Town’s city centre

Blikkiesdorp residents frustrated by housing delays

City councillor estimates new RDP homes will be completed in two years

Text by Vincent Lali. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 29 June 2018
Photo of flooded area

Shacks flooded after week of Cape rains

Dam levels are rising and Day Zero in 2019 is unlikely, but for hundreds of thousands of people, the rains bring hardship

By Masixole Feni - 22 June 2018
Photo of Boeka in Wale Street

IN PHOTOS: Capetonians observe Ramadan

Muslim community end each day’s fast with prayer and delicious food

By Barry Christianson - 15 June 2018

Informal settlements flooded by heavy rains

Residents prepare for more storms

By GroundUp Staff - 14 June 2018
Photo of M.I.A.

M.I.A. brings colour to the Old Biscuit Mill

Riveting performance by rapper and political activist

By Ashraf Hendricks - 9 June 2018
Photo of Nosunset Tshemese

Much needed Cape rain floods homes

Khayelitsha residents wake early to find their shacks soaking

By Vincent Lali - 27 April 2018
Photo of people waiting for taxis

In photos: The long wait to get home

Commuters wait for hours for taxis as bus strike continues

By Barry Christianson and GroundUp Staff - 23 April 2018