Photo Essay

Lockdown in pictures: a Cape Town photographer’s powerful record

The story of a city under Covid-19

By Jeffrey Abrahams - 30 June 2020

Cape Flats families bury their children on Youth Day

“It happens every day, uncle, every single day”

By Brenton Geach - 18 June 2020

In photos: Cape Town flooded

The city has been hit by hail, lightning, thunder and heavy rain since Wednesday

By Ashraf Hendricks, Buziwe Nocuze and Lucas Nowicki - 11 June 2020

Flooded shack dwellers occupy dry private land

Residents of Waterfront informal settlement want to move to Philippi Village property

Text by Tariro Washinyira. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 11 June 2020
The Woodstock Hospital, now named Cissie Gool House by its occupiers are no longer allowing visitors onto the site due to the Covid-19 virus and lockdown.

Covid-19: Woodstock Hospital occupiers face a new challenge

“We’ve ensured that nobody goes without food”

By Ashraf Hendricks - 8 May 2020
Alex Midikana sits amongst his belongings as shacks are removed. When Law Enforcement arrived yesterday, Midikana’s home was spared. Today it too was removed. Photo: Brenton Geach

City vs shack dwellers: Occupations and demolitions escalate in Cape Town

Despite last week’s court order, new shacks are being erected next to Empolweni and the City is tearing them down.

By Ashraf Hendricks - 22 April 2020
With the lockdown in place, drivers and passengers have to reveal their reasons for travelling at roadblocks in Cape Town.

In photos: Day one of lockdown

Soldiers and police patrol streets asking residents to stay at home

By Ashraf Hendricks and Lucas Nowicki - 27 March 2020
Photo of fishers

Centuries old fishing method survives in False Bay

In the 1970s there were dozens of trek fishing crews. Today, there are only four left.

By Ellen Elmendorp - 28 February 2020
Photo of Gordon De Bruin and Ershwin Engel play the leads in Dont Miss Your Turning, which aired for the first time at the Artscape Theartre.

Triumph for amateur cast at the opera house

Don’t Miss Your Turning Point received a standing ovation on Saturday night at Artscape

By Ashraf Hendricks - 17 February 2020
Photo of a broken seat

Metrorail’s skorokoro trains

Cape Town’s trains are hard to love

By Lucas Nowicki - 7 February 2020
Every year primary school children compete in athletics against neighbouring schools.

Cape Flats children show their athletics skills

“It’s where they can express themselves in a positive way instead of taking a gun”

By Ashraf Hendricks - 29 January 2020

Barrydale parade highlights climate change

Joyous occasion in beautiful Western Cape town was marked by a serious and frightening theme

By Ashraf Hendricks - 18 December 2019
Muizinberg is famous for its colourful changing rooms, soft sand, warm water ,easy going nature and diversity.

Muizenberg: Where South Africans play together

People of all classes, races and nationalities enjoy the beach and its surrounds

By Ashraf Hendricks - 29 November 2019
A women lifts her hands that was dippid in red coloured water which is used by the police water canon. She said that it resembles “blood”.

Chaos in Cape Town as refugees evicted from city centre protest

Court order against protesters outside UN High Commissioner for Refugees

Text by Madison Yauger. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 30 October 2019
Photo of a man

“Our blood does not want to be spilled in the land of South Africa”

Refugees respond to UNHCR media statements

Text by Madison Yauger. Photos by Ashraf Hendricks. - 26 October 2019
Photo of RTC Zombie march

Satire and the City: Zombies and a dead president protest in Cape Town

Housing activists compare City’s housing policies to apartheid era

By Tariro Washinyira, Madison Yauger and Ashraf Hendricks - 30 September 2019