Photo Essay

What a year! 2021 in photos

A selection of photos we took this year

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Photo Essay | 20 December 2021

#StiekUitVaccinate: Bboys promote Covid vaccination in Mitchells Plain

More than 120 people were vaccinated at the event

Text and Photos by Ashraf Hendricks

Photo Essay | 15 December 2021

Crayfish quota increased after protests by fishers

But quota to be cut again over the next two years to allow the stock to recover

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Photo Essay | 13 December 2021

Long queues at Home Affairs in spite of minister’s promise

But provincial manager claims “Home Affairs has declared war on queues”

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Photo Essay | 29 November 2021

Young gardeners are building a fynbos corridor across the Cape Flats

Greenpop’s project aims to “bring Kirstenbosch” to schools

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Photo Essay | 22 November 2021

Immigrants tough it out in Joburg’s “dark buildings”

They face police raids, evictions, extortion and crime

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Photo Essay | 5 November 2021

Immigrant children use art to show how prejudice hurts

“I have never been to the DRC. I speak Sesotho fluently and a bit of Afrikaans but I am treated very differently by my peers.”

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Photo Essay | 29 October 2021

Teaching tomorrow’s ballet stars in Gugulethu

The Move for Two dance school has classes three times a week in a classroom at Bonga Primary school

Text and Photos by Ashraf Hendricks

Photo Essay | 24 August 2021

Part of informal settlement under water for a week

Khayelitsha residents say they need help to clear the water

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Photo Essay | 19 July 2021

Kraaifontein shack dwellers flooded out of their homes

City says most flooded areas “are situated on land that is not suitable for habitation”

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Photo Essay | 1 July 2021

Siqalo residents brave the Cape floods again

Home to about 2,000 people, the informal settlement experiences flooding almost every winter

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Photo Essay | 30 June 2021

Youth Day sailing programme teaches more than just sailing

Young people from Imizamo Yethu and Hangberg get out on the water

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Photo Essay | 16 June 2021

Nelson Mandela Bay residents blame years of neglected leaks for dry dams

Kouga dam predicted to run dry in July. Other dams to follow soon after

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Photo Essay | 3 May 2021

Life after a devastating fire in Cato Manor’s Marikana

The informal settlement is home to about 6,000 people

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Photo Essay | 30 April 2021

The only weightlifting club in Soweto is changing lives

Started in 2019, Lifting Dreams is running out of space

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Photo Essay | 26 April 2021

All in a day’s work for reclaimers in Gauteng

Waste-pickers are responsible for collecting 80 to 90% of used packaging and paper that is recycled in South Africa

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Photo Essay | 26 April 2021