BETWEEN A LANDLORD AND THE XENOPHOBIA ON THE STREET

Crowded in between a landlord and fear of Xenophobia in the streets of South Africa.

Crowded in between a landlord and fear of Xenophobia in the streets of South Africa. Photo John Robinson

The Madiengua family lives in a over crowded flat in the Point area of Durban, South Africa or “Little Nigeria” as it is known.

The Madiengua family live with their personal belongings packed in plastic bags in case of immediate eviction by the landlord of their building in the Point area of Durban, South Africa, Paty Madiengua stands with his wife Yvette and 4 children L to R Ephraim (15), Sabrina (14), Geffrey (10) and Genesis (2) in the kitchen of their flat ready be on the move again.

Yvette comes from the village Buta in Oriental Province, DRC. her parents were killed by the DRC army, she escaped to Kinshasa with her brother and sister where her brother went missing. Yvette met Paty an egg vendor on the streets of Kinshasa and followed him to South Africa with their 4 children.

Paty works night shift as a security guard in the city and Yvette sells clothes on the beach front. Mr Madiengua’s salary does not match up to the rent on their 14th floor flat, the landlords in the area are getting rid of families on the over crowding rule. While the Madiengua family feel safe in their flat they struggle to keep up with the rent and cost of a family and they are “fearful of the xenophobia in the townships”.

 

PRAVIN GORDHAN @ VIVO RESTAURANT

Vivo Restaurant Umhlanga proudly hosts a Business Dinner with key note speakers: Pravin Gordhan, Sihle Zikalala and Fawzia Peer. – John Robinson

FIGURES IN A BEACH SCAPE

By over riding my DSLR light meter with a hand held incident light meter I am able to get good detail in the deep shadows and get what my eyes saw on that very bright morning…

For more tips on how to get more out of your photography sign up for a Coffee & Camera session in Durban, South Africa.

 

 

FNB DUZI 2019 WINNERS…

Andy Birkett won the 2019 FNB Duzi K1 mens race and Christie Mackenzie won the 2019 FNB Duzi K1 womans race followed by Sbonelo Khwela and Tamika Haw respectively…

‘Listen’@ The Rhumbelow Theatre

“Listen” is a collaboration between Nick Wium, the band Shizam, and Marianthe Panas. A power ballad singer, Marianthe’s mature, interpretive singing and incredible vocal range has made her a sought-after performer. Panas is supported by Bernelee Frick, who delivers a sensual rendition of Cher’s “Welcome to Burlesque” and an emotionally stirring “You Must Love Me”.

3 FNB DUZI PADDLERS @ THE ‘DUZI END POINT

Christie MacKenzie, Jenna Ward and Thulani Mbanjwa take time out for a Gameplan Media event to be photographed by myself close to the end point of the 2019 FNB Duzi marathon.

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PORTRAIT IN A WORLD OF ‘SELFIES’…

Jessica on a red sofa and Mark Cook with his private garage sales, 2 environmental portraits by John Robinson.

The environmental portrait is a telling photograph of a person or group of people, it gives the viewer insight into an aspect of these people’s lives. In a FaceBook world of hyper happy selfies the environmental can introduce into the conversation a sense of calm and connection between the Subject and the viewer.

The environmental portrait has always been my first love in photography; and I offer environmental portraits in the Durban area done on A3 cotton rag art paper of yourself and or group for ZAR 1000.00 per print.

 

THE SOCIAL BY THE POP UP AND MALLAZ CUSTOMS

I am marking myself out as an event photographer to provide a record of people’s house parties, clubs and events in around Durban, South Africa…