This is not a fairy tale story

This is not a fairy tale story

This is a REAL MAN story.

He’s all shy. His black Polo is parked nearby; he’s just come from his new job as a land surveyor. Only when he’s pressed will he admit that he put his cousin through accounting (she now works at KPMG) and his sister through two years of UCT.

Meet Shaun Sijeqe

This REAL MAN is so humble and God-honouring in his success, and I’m so glad that I had met his family ten years ago. It’s not an everyday family – it’s made up …

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Who is your REAL MAN?

Who is your REAL MAN?

What is a real man?

REAL MAN /rɪəl/ /mæn/ (plural men): a true and not pretended, not false, used to emphasize the noun…adult male human.

That’s what a dictionary would say but, if we think about it, we all have a different definition of a real man. A real man can grow a mo in a month. He drives something he’s proud of. He could Jujitsu his way out of a fight. And he knows the difference between a beer and a pale ale at twenty paces.

Or is it …

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Q&A: Photographing Those Without A Home

Q&A: Photographing Those Without A Home

Today we chat to photographer Terence Kiewitz, 35, whose eight month stay in a street shelter inspired him to look at those living on the street through an entirely different lens. Here he talks about his latest project and how it was impacted by his own story.

Can you tell us a bit about your experience of living in a street shelter?

In 2012, I was retrenched from my job at a printing company and I suddenly found myself struggling to pay my rent. I did freelance …

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Portraits of South Africa

This photo by photographer Ryan Roake is part of a photo series which captures the diversity of the people living in Missionvale, Red Location, an area on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth. The aim of the series was to capture the brighter side of this area and its people. Do you think it succeeded?

Click here for more photos from this series.

What would your portrait of South Africa look like?

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Photo of the Month: Child-like Prayer

“On a recent assignment out in the rural areas of St. Lucia, KZN, I stopped in at a local school to photograph their awareness of indigenous trees. On arrival at the school it was assembly time and I came across a very heart-warming experience. Around 400 school children were saying their daily prayer, but there was something different about this everyday morning prayer. Each child was praying from their heart and with all their might.

“Recently, I have been reading how we should come to God in prayer as …

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Photo of the Month (September)

Photograph by Margie Jansen

“This photo is of a group of children – mostly siblings and cousins – who live in the very rural community of Belfast near the Kruger Park. The tap is adjacent to an RDP home where I did a ‘community stay’ with Thuli and her brother Sipho, who are both orphaned. The water story is interesting. The tap in the photo is linked to a big JoJo tank which is filled every month by the local government. Every month, a big truck …

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August Photo of the Month

By Richard Bolland

This photo is of myself (centre) sitting with two close friends. We come from three very different backgrounds. I come from a middle class white suburban background. Ash (on the left) comes from a hard life growing up in Durban and living in the shelters of Cape Town. Mashudu (on the right) grew up in the Northern Cape, had to brave the streets of Cape Town when he lost his job but now lives in an informal settlement in Langa. We decided …

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How much did you spend on lunch today?

By Lindsay Carlin

Did you know that there are currently 13 million South Africans who live under the international poverty breadline? That means they’re living off R10 or less per day. That’s R10 for food, medicine, education, transport, shelter and clothing.

In light of the upcoming Live Under the Line challenge, we took to the streets to find out just how much money South Africans are spending on food and discovered quite a range in tastes and budgets!  Can you identify with any of these candid interviewees?

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Photo of the month (July)

Children playing in front of one of Keziah’s murals in Vrygrond

With paintbrush in hand, Keziah Philipson is bringing a  splash of colour and messages of hope to the streets  of Vrygrond. Here she shares with us the story so far.

Ever since our church moved into a building alongside the Vrygrond settlement in Muizenberg, the community has become an inspiring but challenging part of the life of our church. It’s a place where poverty and gangsterism are experienced every day. However, it is …

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Photo of the month

“This photo was taken in late December 2010, in the heart of Manenberg, Cape Town.  It was taken from a series of stills that were shot as part of a documentary made by the Fusion Project, run through an NGO called The Warehouse.  That day we met people on the street and we went into people’s homes, chatting to them about the biggest struggles they face as a community; how gangsterism and drugs affect their lives and what they would like to see change.  It …

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