Thursday, 6 November 2014

Shack fire, Denver

A fire rages through an informal settlement in Denver, Johannesburg, South Africa, 6 November 2014. The fire destroyed a large part of the settlement, but had the wind not been blowing in the direction it was, the damage would have been dramatically worse.
I seen smoke on the horizon and rode my motorcycle towards it. It's not the first (nor the last) time that I've done that. More often than not it's garbage or some random stuff on fire.

This time I came up to this shack fire just starting off. People were rushing to move their belongings from their corrugated-iron and wood shacks. Some seemed to have given up and just sat there watching the fire consume their homes. As always, I moved around trying to get some pictures of the destruction.

With your eye on the camera, you are separated from the reality of what's going on, you are simply trying to get a decent frame. The pictures can't show the heat, but I could feel my face burning and embers flew all over me as the wind picked up.

At one point, a man accosted me for being there taking photos. He stopped dismantling his shack and came running towards me with his hammer screaming that I must leave. I walked away.

I can understand his feeling of anger. I definitely stick out at these scenes, for many more reasons than the fact I'm holding a camera. He must be frustrated and angered by knowing that he is about to lose everything of the very little he has and I am an easy target for his anger.

So very unlike me, I moved away. I already had my pictures.
The aftermath of the fire. There's absolutely nothing left.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Miss South Africa 2014

Miss South Africa 2014, Rolene Strauss during a send off event at the Maslow hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg before leaving to the Philippines to compete in the Miss World competition.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


Spring time in Ekurhuleni, near Johannesburg, South Africa.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

On the Night.

Fireworks during the On the Night fundraiser event held at St Johns High School in Houghton, Johannesburg. 27 September 2014.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

New Lion cubs at Joburg Zoo.

Two of the three new lion cubs, named Isabi, Letaba and Jubba that were introduced to the media at the Anglogold lion enclosure at the Johannesburg Zoo, 28 August 2014

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Daveyton Protest

A woman acts as if she has been shot by a man mimicking a machine gun with a pipe during a protest in which they blockaded roads and damaged property on Eiselen road in Daveyton, Gauteng, South Africa. They are demanding land and RDP houses after being evicted from municipal land recently.

Monday, 18 August 2014

Linksfield robbery

A Crime Scene expert carries a gun that was dropped by robbers outside of the Linksfield Clinic in Linksfield, Johannesburg. A robbery took place there in the morning and one person was injured after being shot during the robbery.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Marimba festival

Durban Prep High School perform on the Marimbas during the competition phase of  the Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival held at St Benedicts in Bedfordview, South Africa. 

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Rape Hot Spot

A warning sign put up in an open field in Edenvale, Johannesburg, South Africa to warn people that there has been 3 rapes there recently.

Friday, 4 July 2014

Springs abuse

The wife (Face cannot be photographed or named) of the man accused of abusing her and their five children and holding them captive leaves the Springs Magistrate's Court in Ekurhuleni, near Johannesburg, South Africa after receiving bail. Full story here.

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Blocked highway

A truck that overturned caused chaotic traffic yesterday, 26 June 2014 on the N12 at Gilloolys interchange, Bedfordview, Johannesburg. It blocked the entire flyover towards Sandton and Pretoria forcing all traffic to either go straight towards the CBD or left towards Germiston.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Rivonia shootout

The body of a dead suspect hangs out of the car that was chased by police when it was identified as a car involved in a robbery. A shoot out ensued.and one suspect was shot dead, 2 wounded and a fourth arrested on the scene. A policeman was also shot during the shoot out on Rivonia road in Morningside, Johannesburg, South Africa.

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.