Monday, November 12, 2012

I at Jozi

So many know i was born and bred in Joburg and this is were i discovered photography and this city has always been my backdrop and its hussle and bustle the sound track to my struggles and truimphs so these are just random pictures i made in my birth city, pretty despite what the internet tells the tourists and Thanks to I art  joburg and all the graf heads for making jozi Beautiful .to the Musicians and the Poets for providing a more enchanthing sound track.
cutting bizniz

the honey was sweet &deadly

no this is for real

beauty reflected on our concrete

taking a breather

and go

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

How I wish to be amazed

Sometimes life can be all fun and games I remember when the amze ship from berlin settled in braamfontein it was party none stop my nights were never the same dancing drinking and walking for miles gone are those days now its all work and no play no playmates either i wish i could dance up a storm i wish i could play games with u

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Diepsloot's 1st golf academy

Photography is sooo much about opportunity, the ones we create for ourselves and the one’s presented to us, either by others or by fate when the opportunity presents itself will I be ready to seize the moment; only the pictures will tell.

Golf in diepsloot for kids oh my word what a great opportunity. Imagine all along growing up as girls in townships we were ought to play netball and the boys soccer and those who were not interested were ought to roam the streets playing makeshifts games also traditional games like diketo on the ground with stones, mgusha made out of old stockings those games wont take you to the olympic games,but golf will most definetly present you with such grand opportunities. Diepsloot is a sea of shacks, crime is rife and there are not many parks for kids to play freely in. Recently there has been many service delivery protests and kids tend to join their parents in these violence protests, as children get the raw end of the stick.

Rueben Mathe also known as coach

searching for balls in the field


not only two bags

but 4 filled to the brim with sticks

But now Rueben Mathe has organised diepsloot's first golfing academy, it does not matter that they share the field with soccer kids and a prayer group, shit and litter.
Many of the kids regard Ernie Els as their role model others Tiger Woods but many hope Ernie could come see them play, they recorn he will be proud.
They shared one golf bag for a while until a good samarithan from pretoria saw these pictures in a local newspaper and donated four golf bags filled with sticks and a lot of golf balls ,what Iam saying if you have or know someone who is sick of playing golf please donate to these future olmypians in diepsloot informal settlement.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Prison state of mind, Johannesburg prison a Place of new beginnings is the welcoming note at the gate as we enter to watch a play titled serious fun, wich was performed by female inmates.
The women gathered inside the female-section recreation hall look healthy happy and well maintained with their fancy hairstyles, Manicured nails. As mothers and fathers with friends and family joined by members of the public fill the hall with anticipation the mood becomes somber.
"Prison is not a place for women Lerato look at how pretty and honest they look says a distraught male friend”. In our country many women find themselves incarcerated for various reasons ,some crimes of passion ,some fraud, but many for drug trafficking sad but true many women from all over the world fill prisons of the world to the brim after finding themselves victims of the quick cash syndrome .my visit to the sun city prison in Naturena was an eye opener I mean i never want to find myself behind bars I value my "freedom" too much but as we all know shit happens(touch wood),but one thing I noticed at the prison is the unity amongst the sisters, its just un-ignorable, they do each others hair nails they sing and laugh together and they also get involved in each others rehabilitation and I doubt the same could be said about their male counterparts.
Inmates who are now teary while performing ask for forgiveness by reading letters  to their parents and children giving their side of the story on how they landed up behind bars. Most of these women got arrested for drug trafficking and Fraud.
 A sobbing Lindiwe Dlamini gets encouraged by the director to tell her story as she stops and sobs at the sight of her children and Family, as she tells how the pursuit for the “It life” Landed her behind bars wishing she knew then what she knows now, Her prison family consoles her and encourage her to go on, she apologises to her Kids for the time she is missing in raising them, thanks her mother for supporting her in her time of need.
They sing and dance traditional and modern songs like one big family honouring the title of mothers and women, but also heading a message to the government to address social issues especially those affecting the youth of this nation.
The next week they repeated the play to their fellow inmates in the prison quad, the mood was lighter as all the women there had their own story to tell of how they landed behind bars, but the prison audience was supportive ,encouraging and showered their friends on stage with compliments

To me these were not hardened criminals but women who could be contributing to bettering our country by working at their careers and raising their children to be responsible adults, but this goes to show that if you do the crime it does not matter how small you have to do the time, fortunately for these women their time is spent rehabilitating and planning their future outside the prison