Photo Essay

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
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