Moses from Malawi

Moses from Malawi

I spend two weeks in 2015 in Malawi, not getting far unfortunately, as I fell ill. What I do remember of the country, is the vast open spaces and it’s friendly, inviting people.   Moses is no different. He greets me with a kind smile.   I had to wait a long time to...
Dili from Peddie

Dili from Peddie

Dili has a deep voice, we talk underneath a tree, traffic buzzing in the background.   Dili has been in Joburg since 1980. In my mind he now is a Joburger.   Phumlelo Dili, originally hails from a small town in the Eastern Cape called Peddie, just south-west of Bisho,...
Elijah and his ethics

Elijah and his ethics

Elijah is friendly and we chat during lunch time.   Originally from Zimbabwe, he has been in South Africa since 2004.   A driver John, who he worked with, brought him to Tshepo. He was told that Tshepo will be able to help him find work.   He started working at Tshepo...
Looking in

Looking in

Theki, the Social worker at Tshepo, tells us about a man which came into Tshepo to wash his face. He sat down as he didn’t know who to speak to. Theki walked past, and started talking to him.   He has been a drug addict since he was 15 and had recently run away from...
The carpenter

The carpenter

I catch Devana sitting down, eating lunch. He is a busy man.   Diambu, better known as Devana, is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He has lived in South Africa since 2005 and says he come here because of political unrest in the DRC.   Devana...
Meet Simphiwe and his plant boxes

Meet Simphiwe and his plant boxes

Simphiwe is a serious man; he speaks with his hands, as he tells me his story.   He hails from a small town in Mpumalanga, Malelane. Simphiwe was raised by his grandmother and wanted to be a doctor growing up, like his paternal grandfather.   He sold fruits and...