21/05/2009. Belhar, Cape Flats. Cape Town. South Afica. Zelda Schritten with her young boy Zievan.The van der Westhuizen family lives in a shack in a Veld in Belhar. They are living without access to fresh running water, electricity and access to toilets. I spend some time in the beginning of winter 2009 with a Family that live in a veld in Belhar.The van der Westhuizens are one of seven families living on a piece of land that became their “Veld-dorp”.The remaining seven families living in the “Veld-Dorp” refuse to relocate to Blikkiesdorp, a housing project that provides temporary shelter for the poor and homeless on the Cape Flats. Many of the previous residents of this veld were removed and received temporary housing in Blikkiesdorp. The crimes in Blikkiesdorp, the violence, robberies and rapes have kept these families from moving.All the families, are dependent on donations of food packages and clothing for their survival, as none of them are employed and they struggle to make a living of the state grants that they receive. Photo Lizane Louw

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 21/05/2009. Belhar, Cape Flats. Cape Town. South Afica.Janica van der Westhuizen lives with her parents in a shack in a Veld in Belhar. They are living without access to fresh running water, electricity and access to toilets. I spend some time in the beginning of winter 2009 with a Family that live in a veld in Belhar.The van der Westhuizens are one of seven families living on a piece of land that became their “Veld-dorp”.The remaining seven families living in the “Veld-Dorp” refuse to relocate to Blikkiesdorp, a housing project that provides temporary shelter for the poor and homeless on the Cape Flats. Many of the previous residents of this veld were removed and received temporary housing in Blikkiesdorp. The crimes in Blikkiesdorp, the violence, robberies and rapes have kept these families from moving.All the families, are dependent on donations of food packages and clothing for their survival, as none of them are employed and they struggle to make a living of the state grants that they receive. Photo Lizane Louw

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 Sheryl Hendricks and her Husband, Basil Fourie, lives in a structure, K-33, in Blikkiesdorp. Basil is currently in Tygerberg Hospital and undergoing surgery and treatment for cancer. Sheryl would like to go visit her husband in the hospital. Due to difficult financial circumstances this has so far been impossible. She has only visited him once. (Extension story on Blikkiesdorp)

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05/11/2011. Cape Town. Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu's opening speech during the Russel Tribunal at the District Six Museum in Cape Town. Photo Lizane Louw

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 11/19/2009. Caledon, South Africa.Mnr. Arnolds Plaatjies and his wife Alithea van Breda in their humble home on a farm near Caledon in the Western Cape South Africa.During 2009 the farming communities in the Western Cape were once again under the Human Rghts spotlight. Many stories were published about the poor living conditions some of the farmworkers on farms are living in and questions were raised about farmers and their treatment of their workers. Mr. Plaatjies fell terminially ill on a farm and his elderly wife, Alithea van Breda had to resign from her job to nurse her partner.At the time of my visit to the elderly couple the farmer had threatened to forcefully remove the couple and leave them to live on the street. Mr. Plaatjies has not received any medical treament and lives withou water and electricity. The house is torn and the elderly couple is left to fend the ellements and extreme conditions they are living in. Sadly Mr. Plaatjies passed away three days later. Photo Lizane Louw

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11/19/2009. Caledon, South Africa.Mnr. Arnolds Plaatjies and his wife Alithea van Breda in their humble home on a farm near Caledon in the Western Cape South Africa.During 2009 the farming communities in the Western Cape were once again under the Human Rghts spotlight. Many stories were published about the poor living conditions some of the farmworkers on farms are living in and questions were raised about farmers and their treatment of their workers. Mr. Plaatjies fell terminially ill on a farm and his elderly wife, Alithea van Breda had to resign from her job to nurse her partner.At the time of my visit to the elderly couple the farmer had threatened to forcefully remove the couple and leave them to live on the street. Mr. Plaatjies has not received any medical treament and lives withou water and electricity. The house is torn and the elderly couple is left to fend the ellements and extreme conditions they are living in. Sadly Mr. Plaatjies passed away three days later. Photo Lizane Louw

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Elna Victor, Proud Afrikaans Nurse, standing outside her "house" in Blikkiesdorp. She has been living there for over a year and has been attacked, kicked and robbed numerous times. Upon a recent move to a safer dwelling in the camp, people stormed in and broke all her crockery. Elna is one of the White residents of Blikkiesdorp. She is unemployed. She is on a disability grant. There are five white families living in the camp. (2010)

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Ma Bekka Rebekka, Ma Bekka, is 76 years old, living a structure, B43, in Blikkiesdorp.
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Ouma 16/04/2009. Blikkiesdorp. Cape Flats, Cape Town. South Africa. Ouma Magdalena ( 90) is the eldest resident of Blikkiesdorp on the Cape Flats. She has been on the housing list for over 17 years. The residents of Blikkiesdorp live in one of the poorest communities on the Cape Flats and are subjected to violent crimes, rapes and robberies. Still the community of Blikkiesdorp keeps their heads and spirits up. 4000 People call these steel structures and the sand dunes surrounding it home. They live in close proximity to each other and the family atmosphere that binds all these poor individuals together brought tears to my eyes. The monotone structures and grey palette of the scenery leaves you with little to be excited about. It was not until I met Ouma that my mind changed. I was seeing a different world through my lens and I was learning how these unfortunate people can have such colorful lives amidst the emptiness and grays. Even though all the heartache and pain that these people are suffering breaks your heart, the sense of positivity and will to survive is contagious. Many community members run their own little shops to provide the necessities for every day survival. Living from hand to hand, day to day. Caring for and looking after each other. I was moved by the simplicity of the people, their will to survive, the feeling of community. I left Blikkiesdorp wondering what it is that binds people together in difficulty like that. Ouma has since passed away, she died of severe TB and starvation, my work in the community continues and Ouma is a big inspiration for this project. At the moment 16000 people live in the camp.
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 02/18/2011. Blikkiesdorp, Delft. Cape Town. The Victor Family has been living in Blikkiesdorp for more than a year. The family has been exposed to violent situations, where members of the family was brutally attacked and robbed. The family consists out of Elna, a qualified nurse, Faan, a builder, Gerald their son that is an epileptic and mentally challenged and their daughter Adeen. The family is white South Africans and one many white families living amongst 25 000 other people from all over Africa. They live in very difficult circumstances and are dependent on government grants and donations.

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 15/11/2010Mnr Tafara Karidza of Third Joint Craft Products in Delft South, makes 3D art from trash. Photo Lizane Louw

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 24/04/2208. Mev. Maria Rex voting in  Villiersdorp. Photo Lizane Louw

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 11/12/2009. Lea Snyders and her son Adriaan Andrew (12) received R16 miljoen from Transnet. This compensation came after the  2007 accident in Kabaskraal. Photo Lizane Louw

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01 23/07/2010. Tracy Lee Paich, the farted during an interview on Idols. It was a deep, dark “note”. "And now she is famous for her singing from the rear, not the front. " Photo Lizane Louw

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10/08/2009  Simonsvlei Winefarm and its people. From left portraits of Aanna Mamuski, Sean Ben May, Roman Buje, Carolene Prins, Christiano Prins in the front  Luwin Amos en Divinse September is sitting and playing. Photo Lizane Louw

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10/08/2009 Simonsvlei Winefarm and its people. Photo Lizane Louw

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01 12/06/2010.Prins Albert van Monaco  visitied the NY49 Sportsentrum in Gugulethu. This is a joint project by  Monaco, the UN and City Cape Town.Helen Zille, premier of the Western Cape handed over a gift to the Prins. Photo Lizane Louw

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01 11/12/2009. Piet Absolom, celebrated his 110 th birtday. Photo  Lizane Louw

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 05/02/2009. Kaapstad. Taliep Petersen mudertrail. Cape High Court. Photo Lizane Louw

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21/10/2008. Kaapstad. Kaapstad. Taliep Petersen mudertrail. Cape High Court. 

Photo Lizane Louw

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 04/08/2010. Brian Habana, Michelle Mclean en Steve Hofmeyer made their hand palm prints for the Madiba Legacy Canvas. Photo Lizane Louw

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15/09/2010 Sex therapist, Marlene Wasserman in her Seapoint office . ( Marlene is also know as dr. Eve. Photo  Lizane Louw

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05/11/2011. Cape Town. Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu's opening speech during the Russel Tribunal at the District Six Museum in Cape Town. Photo Lizane Louw

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10/04/2009.Mnr. Gavin van Rooyen  and his partner  me. Elmarie Williams, parents of Charlynn Williams (13)  who was murdered brutely in Hawston. Photo Lizane Louw

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01/10/2010 .Mev. Latiefa Gafeldien (73) feeding pigeons in Bo Kaap, Cape Town. Photo 

Lizane Louw.

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Informal family housing on the Cape Flats. Belhar, Cape Town. Photo Lizane Louw

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28/02/2009. Dr. Allan Boesak, Interview, Johan Maarman. Photo Lizane Louw

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 09/20/2008. Green Market Square, Cape Town. Eggman, Gregory da Silva, is performing his Eggman show at Green Market Square everyday. He also takes his one man show to festivals across South Africa. 

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I was one of the official photographers at the booklaunch of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's book, Tutu, The Authorized Portrait. Not only did I get to photograph the Arch himself, but I got to witness a very special friendship between the Arch and Bono. I also got to photograph Bono, one of the biggest idols in my life. What an incredible experience!

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I was one of the official photographers at the booklaunch of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's book, Tutu, The Authorized Portrait. Not only did I get to photograph the Arch himself, but I got to witness a very special friendship between the Arch and Bono. I also got to photograph Bono, one of the biggest idols in my life. What an incredible experience!

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I was one of the official photographers at the booklaunch of Archbishop Desmond Tutu's book, Tutu, The Authorized Portrait. Not only did I get to photograph the Arch himself, but I got to witness a very special friendship between the Arch and Bono. I also got to photograph Bono, one of the biggest idols in my life. What an incredible experience!

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Townshp fire. Lwandle. Cape Town South Africa

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.27/03/2008. KKNK Arts Fesitval, Outdshoorn. Tina Kongolo at her stall at the festival. 

Photo Lizane Louw

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Family time. Blikkiesdorp

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Politics Blikkiesdorp Social Documentary Project. The streets of Blikkiesdorp or as some called it, the "human" dumping ground. Politics devides this community and people in Blikkiesdorp are known to be very passionate in their politics
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Baby Blikkiesdorp Social Documentary Project

My photography student.

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