Photo Essay

Photo of water cannon spraying people

#AmINextProtest: police use water cannons against protesters

Demonstrators demand action from Ramaphosa

By Mary-Anne Gontsana, Tariro Washinyira, Ashraf Hendricks and Lucas Nowicki - 4 September 2019
Photo of flower selling market in Cape Town

Generations of Cape Town flower traders cut it in the city market

“Everybody in the family is here, cousins, aunties and great aunties”

Text by Tariro Washinyira. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 28 August 2019
Photo of water being pumped from flooded shacks

Shack dwellers raise their own funds for flood relief

“City doesn’t send officials to help residents whose shacks are flooded, so we made a decision to help ourselves,” says Marikana resident

By Vincent Lali - 8 August 2019
Photo of flooded shack

From drought to floods for Cape Town

City says 3,640 structures affected

By Velani Ludidi - 24 July 2019
The South African National Defence Force (SANDS) is deployed to the Cape Flats to help the police quell gang violence.

Cape Flats residents cheer arrival of army

Military deployed on Mandela Day to help quell Cape Town’s gang crime

By Ashraf Hendricks - 19 July 2019
Youth from Vrygrond build a sculpture titled "Ubuntu"

Township youths build exquisite sculpture

It doesn’t make all the violence stop but it reminds people that there is beauty in the world, says volunteer

By Ashraf Hendricks - 12 July 2019
Photo of a woman

Life in Plastic City is hard, but being an immigrant makes it worse

Mozambican immigrants and Xitsonga-speakers say they are discriminated against

By Kimberly Mutandiro - 8 July 2019
Photo of a shack under water

No water, no toilets, no electricity in Qandu-qandu

Thousands in Khayelitsha informal settlement hope and wait for basic services

Text by Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Masixole Feni. - 1 July 2019
Photo of an informal settlement

The people of Plastic City cannot even afford zinc shacks

People live in homes built of discarded board and plastic next to a Brakpan dump site

By Kimberly Mutandiro - 27 June 2019
Photo of a shack room hanging on overehead electrical wires

Cape Town storm pics: informal settlements hard hit by high winds

“The house was shaking and if I slept I knew I would be putting my life in danger”

By Velani Ludidi - 23 June 2019
Photo of trolley pushers

Hard work and little pay: pushing heavily-laden trolleys while dodging traffic

Competition is stiff between the men who push trolleys for vendors in the Cape Town city centre

Text by Tariro Washinyira. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 21 June 2019
Photo of people carrying refuse bags

Community clean up turns waste into arts and crafts

Clean My Space initiative in Khayelitsha has ballooned to 180 members

Text by Mary-Anne Gontsana. Photos by Masixole Feni. - 7 June 2019
Photo of flooded shacks

Shacks flood in Cape Town rains

700 homes affected says City

By Velani Ludidi - 6 June 2019
For Eid-Al Fitr, Nakhlistan will feed akhni to over 85 000 people in need.

Nakhlistan’s 300 volunteers will feed 85,000 for Eid

300 volunteers, 169 pots, and more than four tons of meat

By Ashraf Hendricks - 5 June 2019
Thousands of learners in Kraaifontein protest again overcrowding

Thousands of learners protest in Kraaifontein

Frustration with overcrowded classrooms

By Ashraf Hendricks - 16 May 2019
Roads were blocked with burning tires and debris early in the morning inside Grabouw. Some residence who were watching were not sure why the the protest was happening or who the leaders were.

Grabouw community divided as protests continue

Tensions rise along racial lines

By Ashraf Hendricks - 14 May 2019