It has been a while since I posted one of these. Today, on this bitterly cold day in South Africa, as I arrived at the gas station to fill up, I was greeted with a big smile and a lot of energy by Raphadu.
Near the end of 2011 I was out with my wife taking a morning drive and being on the look-out for some photos. Winter was just nearing its end. It was early, cold and damp and we were struggling with the brown and dull landscapes, together with the fields that always burn down in our dry Gauteng winters. We had stopped on the dirt road and found a dam with some cows and had hoped to find a shot or two. With little success, we started heading towards the car when this old man walked past us on the road.
I was out looking for some shots, and came across these two guys. Both of them are from Zimbabwe. I asked them where they were walking to, and the big fellow told me how they walk to this part of the bush to collect grass to make brooms. They then sell them at the nearby squatter camp called Diepsloot.
While negotiating the muddy roads of the Magaliesberg area, we drove past this old man. I asked him wether he spoke English or Afrikaans. He answered that it was Afrikaans, but it sounded like he understood very little of either of the two. Unfortunately these are the only languages I am able to make myself understandable in, so I gestured the camera to him and he nodded smilingly.
As I arrive home today, in our complex, I climb out of my car and this cool little kid walks up to me. He doesn't beat about the bush and starts right off with: 'Whats your name?' I answer, and ask him his.
We spent the day at this beautiful country restaurant and beer brewery we found through friends in Magaliesburg for a great lunch and lazy day out in the countryside - The Black Horse. Good food that will take a while to be served, but when you're there, you really are there for the day and the longer you stay, the more worries will fall away. Their home-brewed beers are definitely worth a try, and they also sell small tasters for the 'not-so-heavy-drinker' like myself.
While visiting the new, trendy and upcoming areas around Neighbourgoods Market in Johannesburg, I walked past this guy a few times. Once I got the courage to approach him, I asked if I could take a photo. This type of shots are always touch and go