The portraits range from intimate family settings to staged conceptual images and environmental portraits of various artists.
This is an ongoing project titled “ The Waiting Rooms.” It is an intimate look into the Reconstruction and Development Programmes that South Africans are undergo in order to acquire an RDP House.I chose this theme because it is close to home. I live in an RDP house owned by my mother, who had to wait more than 10 years to receive one. My earliest memory of the RDP housing system was seeing and hearing my mother speak of a “red card”, a document one receives when in line to receive housing.
I am deliberately focusing on the housing system process, the waiting list, and the quality of RDP houses. Questioning whether or not the current system works.There is an unmistakable disconnect between policy makers and those who are affected by homelessness.The project hopes to bridge this gap by bringing to the forefront the voices of the people on the ground.Using photography and videos as a medium to amplify the stories of old South African citizens.The Waiting Rooms Project will document spaces for those who have waited more than 20 years to receive a house from the South African government.
The 8th of May will mark the 6th General Elections for South Africa since the end of apartheid. Citizens voted for a new National Assembly and provincial legislature in each province. According to the Electoral Commission of South Africa, a record number of 48 parties were registered candidates for the elections.
Langa is a township and surburb of Cape Town, the first township you approach as you leave the Central Business District.It was established in 1927 in terms of the 1923 Urban Areas Act. Similar to Nyanga, Langa is one of the many areas in South Africa that were designated for Black Africans before the apartheid era.Langa boasts itself of a rich heritage and cultural activities.
I spent most of my teenage years in Langa, this is were I started puberty and other silly activities.The project titled Langa, My Love is an ode to the township.It seeks to spotlight the beauty of the space, the grit and most importantly celebrate its existence and contribution to my formative years.
A red and white fenced house on Albermarle Street, Kensignton forms part of a gateway to Beauty Moiteelaasilo’s house.
“I don’t have a lot friends in Kensington.I particularly moved to this area with my family to avoid conflict and be far away from inquisitive neighbors in the township.” says Beauty about the area she currently lives in.
Beauty is referring to nosey neighbors, noting your ins and outs. She feels as though people often have self entitlement over other peoples lives, espcially in the township, she says.
Moiteelaasilo was born in 1957 in Dube Soweto,Johannesburg.Her biological mother died when Beauty was only three months.She was then raised by her grandmother.Quiet and very reserved she treats everyone around her as equalsa beauty you cannot overlook upon meeting the 60 year old.
“Ulona is my daughters first born, she is here because its school holidays currently” pointing out to little Oratile who is pushing her toy pieces on the kitchen floor.
Ma’Beauty and her late husband, Charles Moiteelaasilo, have 3 children two daughters and a son.The couple met in their early twenties and have been married for the past 38 years.
“My husband passed on last year, he had diabetes. During his last days I wanted to bring him home,Kensignton, so that he could pass in the comfort of our house. But I realized how much trauma that would bring me and decided against it.”
At the moment Beauty is a house wife in mourning having retired from a company called MS Repo.
As a Zulu woman, there's not much activities she can take part of during her time of mourning. However, Beauty says she finds joy in being a pillar for others and she does this with all her heart as she mourns her husband.
She spends her days reading the bible, taking care of her family and tendering to her church members every Sunday.On the 3rd of August she will be taking off the black clothing she currently wears to mourn the death of her husband. The ceremony will take place in the early hours of the morning at an open field which will be chosen by her son, on the day. She has been mourning for 8 months since last year.
South Africa has the widest inequality gap and Cape Town is a great example of that gap. Phillipi-Khayelitsha areas are booming with social entrepreneurs and innovators working on the ground to bring change in their communities.One of the larger townships in Cape Town, Phillipi is considered by government and businesses as ideal for certain developments. But its really the innovators who grew up from these areas who know exactly what the spaces need in order to transform.
Bulelani Futshane grew up in Phillipi, he is one of the many change-makers who responded to one of the social problems, illiteracy, of the communities by starting an organisation called Township Roots, which deals directly with young people from under resourced schools in the townships.He runs workshops every Saturday at a local school. A space where learning is fun and the voice of the children matters.
Township Roots is an organisation which Bulelani founded, the organisations mission is to help reduce the number of school dropouts, develop community leaders and increase chances of success among learners who attend under resourced schools in the townships.
The images follow Bulelani as an active father, a student, teacher and guardian to the children he tutors every Saturday.