Monday, 24 February 2014

Comet protest

A  protest by residents of the Comet and Angelo informal settlements near Reiger Park in Boksburg, South Africa. They blocked a main road with burning tyres, and other barricades. They are protesting about their living conditions and basic services. They say they have had no electricity or water for over a year.
During a skirmish with the police, this young protester was hit on the head with either a rubber bullet or a stun grenade from the police.

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Illegal miners rescue, Benoni

Ekurhuleni Emergency Services lower water down to a large group of illegal miners trapped in a disused mine near McKenzie Park in Benoni.
The illegal miners had been robbed by other illegal miners, that pushed a few large rocks down the hole trapping the miners.

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

DA March attacked by ANC members in JHB.

The march by the Democratic Alliance (DA) to Beyers Naude Gardens in the Johannesburg CBD was cut short after it was intercepted by a group of African National Congress (ANC) supporters that attacked the legal march with bricks and forced the police to intervene, 12 February 2014.
The DA march was legal and peacefully making its way to Beyers Naude Square.
They were intercepted by a group of ANC members.
The police fired tear-gas and stun grenades to stop them attacking the march.
The irony of this sign seems lost on this ANC member after they violently stopped a legal march by the DA to Beyers Naude Square in Johannesburg.
I shot this video with a GoPro camera mounted on the lens hood of my Nikon D700.

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Jasmines funeral

Children attending the funeral walk by the casket containing the body of 4 year old Jasmine Pretorius, that was murdered two weeks ago, allegedly by her uncle whilst in her home in Brakpan.
An unknown family member faints during the funeral.
Jasmines 6 year old sister puts flowers on her casket as she leaves the church.
A biker salutes the motorcycle hearse as it passes by.

Monday, 30 December 2013

Court chaos in Brakpan.

A Police Nyala believed to be carrying Sarel Pretorius after he appeared on charges of murdering his 4 year old niece leaves the Brakpan Magistrates court. The community was livid and was baying for his blood. They attacked the Nyala with everything ranging from their bare hands as they tried to rip off the grids, bottles, rocks and even one woman started hitting it with her crash helmet.
A member of the angry crowd gets pepper sprayed in the face.
The crowd managed to pull the doors of the Nyala open.
Another guy in the crowd gets a face full of pepper spray.
Suenet flats in Voortrekker street in Brakpan where Jasmin was strangled to death allegedly by her uncle.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Nelson Mandela through the years.

Nelson Mandela died on the 5th December 2013. I was privileged to have photographed him on various occasions. Here's a small selection of pictures that I have taken of him during the last few years.
2010 - The 2010 World Cup final at Soccer City, Johannesburg.
2009 - Voting in the 2009 election in Killarney, Johannesburg. 
2008 - At the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Johannesburg. 
2007 - The Nelson Mandela Children's fund party, Johannesburg. 
2006 - Gesturing to a child at the Sunninghill hospital.
2005 - At the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Johannesburg.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Wheelchair e-toll protest.

Johannesburg's major highways controversial e-toll system started today.The Quadraplegic and Paraplegic association of South Africa went to the e-Toll customer centre in Sandton, South Africa. They went to inquire about an exemption for disabled people that was promised. They have enquired about this a number of times and had no help,They burned a wheelchair in defiance after they were told to leave the building without any word on their exemption.

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Rescue SA - The Philippines.

Rescue South Africa personnel unload their supplies at the Abuyog Community College in Abuyog in the Province of Leyte. This was their base for their stay in the Philippines. Although not the worst hit area, Abuyog's only hospital was rendered useless due to the roof being blown off.
As an outside observer, I noticed there was a bit of frustration by some members of the group. Some wondered why they had come half way across the world to simply fix a roof, they were so busy working on that hot tin roof in hellish conditions, that they never got to see the real damage done by Typhoon Yolanda.
But I did, and the areas up north were devastated to such a large scale, that the small team would not have been able to do much, it was better left to the larger aid agencies.
Two young Filipino girls search a devastated area in Tacloban.
A board looking for survivors at the Tacloban Disaster centre.
The field clinic hardly seen any direct victims of the typhoon. This area was not battered as harshly by the storm as other areas. But as life continued, so did everyday needs.
This community had no hospital anymore, but sick and injured people still needed help. The roof had been blown off during the typhoon and the doctors had left. The team toiled in unbearable heat to get that roof sorted and the small field clinic took up the slack treating hundreds of people. Had Rescue SA not been there, many people would have still been sick, injured, medicine-less and dying.
Prof Efraim Kramer takes a minute to come to terms with the loss of a young drowning victim at the Abuyog Hospital near the end of the mission.

The young drowning victim that was lost on the final day of the mission, could not be saved. Rescue SA's doctors refused to give up, until there was no other option. This proved their success to me, for that child would have died regardless, but their efforts gave him some dignity in death, that he otherwise would not have had.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Alexandra shack fire

Luthrecia Rapao holds whats left of her family pictures after a fire swept through and destroyed a large group of shacks in Alexandra, a township in Johannesburg.

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Zombie Run.

An undead David Drake at the Zombie Run held at B'sorah near Hartebeespoort, near Johannesburg. The Zombie run comprised of zombies and runners, the runners needed to complete the 5km course with at least one of their three lives in tact, whilst the zombies mission was to grab the red ribbons symbolising the runners lives at various points along the route.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Itlhokomeleng Pottery studio

A statuette of Nelson Mandela made by Kenny (pictured) and Naison Moyo in the Itlhokomeleng Pottery studio that they use to raise funds for the Itlhokomeleng Aged and Disabled Association in Alexandra, Johannesburg.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

EFC 20

Don Madge holds Costa Ioannou in the grey shorts in a choke hold to win the bout during the Lightweight title fight during the Extreme Fighting Championships 20 Mixed Martial Arts tournament held at Carnival City in Brakpan.

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Holy Family College fire

Johannesburg firefighters tackle a blaze at the Holy Family College on Oxford road, late Wednesday evening, 22 May 2013

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Metallica live in JHB

Metallica perform live at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.