Month: March 2018

Leftover Lives

An increase in white squatter camps in Cape Town bears witness to the hardship of a marginalised community, writes Lin Sampson. PINK toy lorry hurtles through the air. Behind it two small tow-headed girls, hands on hips, shriek with mirth. Children all over the world play in the same way but Jamie-Lee and Karen do not live in …

Wagons & Wigs

Wagons and Wigs

Lin Sampson meets three farmworkers who believe they are girls Pietie Klaasen is a farm worker on Hazendal, a historic wine farm outside Stellenbosch. He is wearing high-heeled silver sandals, a tinkling charm bracelet and green eye shadow. His two front teeth are missing which puts a crack in his smile. “Please call me Melanie,” …

Coming of Age

Leon Botha - photograph by Gordon Clark

Artist Leon Botha has Progeria, a rare disease that makes him age much faster than normal. Lin Sampson views the startling images he has produced in collaboration with photographer Gordon Clark. EON Botha is a local artist. The 24-year-old looks like a shiny new pin, sharp and as durable as his Timberland boots. He has …