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DRC refugee: “I am still scared of the community; I am...

MIKE KACHIMA is a 24-year-old Congolese living in the Chatsworth camp, after previously staying at the Isipingo camp. Kachima survived an attack in Isipingo, and...

How I became a whistling street mime

MELUSI MGADI, was a criminal offender from Kwamashu, came out of jail hoping to make a better life. To make an honest living he...

“If you are determined to do something, you can make it...

He can be found almost every afternoon on Davenport road, trying to convince commuters to purchase his metal art pieces. Like many other people, 44-year-old EPHRAIM...

Meet the street performer who uses his talent to help kids

In the Cape Town CBD, chattering pedestrians and whirring traffic are the chorus of inner city life. But on the odd visit to the city...

Xenophobia: “Our neighbours, our friends – they come to fight with...

Many of the foreigners from Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique who fled to camps around Durban following the xenophobic violence of the past month were repatriated. But...

“The police are part of the problem in South Africa; they...

ADDINEW DAMA*, an Ethiopian national, has lived in South Africa for 10 years, selling counterfeit clothing in Bellville. Earlier this month, the SAPS, metro...

“Some just think we are glorified beggars” – Durban car guard

Car guards, who in most cases are black and male, can be found in almost every public parking lot in South African cities. Qiniso...

“We help foreigners because these are our African brothers”

Residents of the Thembelihle informal settlement and members of the Thembelihle Crisis Committee (TCC) have come under intense police pressure, following accusations that they...

Central Methodist Church raid: “Hey, hey Zimbabweans! You must go back...

On Friday, state officials raided the Central Methodist Church in the Johannesburg CBD, a building known for offering a safe haven to immigrants, particularly after the...

Thando Mgqolozana: “The audience does not treat me as a literary...

On the opening night of the Time of the Writer festival in Durban in March, author THANDO MGQOLOZANA announced that he’d forsworn white colonial...

Foreign shop owners should be regulated, just like PSL footballers are...

Last weekend, about 500 local shop owners and community members marched to the local police station in Snake Park, Soweto, to show their dissatisfaction...

Wits international student speaks about “basically living on campus” during xenophobic...

Lucinda Kwakembe, 21, an international student at Wits University who hails from Burundi, is living in fear following the recent xenophobic attacks. She spoke...

“I feel like my heart is there in Nepal”

Delhi-based photojournalist SHOWKAT SHAFI recently covered the devastation wrought by the earthquake in Nepal. In a Google hangout with our managing editor Faranaaz Parker,...

Sihle Hlophe sticks to her guns for siSwati short film

With a growing film industry and more local content on our screens, South African film makers are getting more recognition than ever before. SIHLE...

“You’re risking your life when you work in a spaza shop”

On the bustling Japhta K Masemola Road in Khayelitsha, South Africans rely on spaza shops for daily goods like milk and bread. In many...

Xenophobia: “This is a cruel country”

Thousands of African immigrants, who fled the communities they had lived in following xenophobic attacks in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Johannesburg, were repatriated last...

Xenophobia: “The government can say they will fix it, but that...

THARCISSE BWAMI, 35, from the Democratic Republic of Congo has been in South Africa for nine years. His journey south was long and hard, but...

Caught between war-torn DRC and xenophobic SA

"It is not our responsibility to create jobs for South Africans especially those who say we are taking their jobs." AMURI DJUMA, from the...

“I never thought I was a foreigner until this injury happened...

ABDI KADER SHUKRI arrived in South Africa in 2003, seeking peace from a war-ravaged Somalia. At 32 years old, Shukri is now confined to...

Wits student in xenophobic attack: “I thought I was going to...

Earlier this month psychology PhD student ELVIS MUNATSWA, 26, became a victim of xenophobia. Four men in a taxi assaulted, robbed and deserted him in...
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