“I am a human being before I am a sex worker”

Welcome to the Johannesburg CBD where money is what sustains many livelihoods and the nature of sex work is both implied and explicit. For many, sex work might be regarded as a morally degrading activity in society but for some of the men and women involved in this...

Migrants: No Room at the Inn

By Nokuthula Zwane   For years migrants have been experiencing difficulties in becoming legal especially in a country that they find refuge. Countries themselves face difficulties in regulation and accreditation of those migrants. People such as Jonas* who is a...

Checkmates, Stalemates and Zugzwangs

By Zanta Nkumane The rain relentlessly pours out of the dark grey skies and people scurry away to find shelter away from the rain.  In this rush, the two players remain focused on their ongoing chess game. The wet weather doesn’t deter their focus, you can see it in...

Art fights for Inner City Relevance

By Laura Pisannello It’s eerily quiet at the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) on a Tuesday morning. The only people around are the few staff that the gallery can afford to employ and two men sitting on a bench in the main entrance, getting some peace and quiet from the...

The Drill Hall Defenders

Johannesburg’s Drill Hall building, an important piece of architectural heritage, has an unlikely mix of residents struggling to keep the space alive.   By Kyle Oberholzer   The frantic rush to relocate potted plants from the dimly-lit lobby to the...