Tag: Johannesburg

The Johannesburg CBD is cramped with people who come from all over the continent; they arrive in the City of Gold with aspirations of creating better lives for themselves. They leave their hometowns or home countries with very little, hoping that their journey into the unknown yields superior opportunities.For many of these off-comers, a trip that might have started with anticipation and weighty conviction usually ends with homelessness and extreme poverty, forcing them to survive under really devastating conditions. Many of them end up living in the cheapest and sometimes the most harmful buildings in the city. These sometimes range from debilitating or illegally occupied and hijacked buildings.  These are the same buildings that some residents have recently been forced to move away from when the city decided to revamp, leaving the poor battling for housing.When photographer and storyteller, Tshepiso Mabula, heard about the evictions, she says she rushed to Doorfontein hoping to capture the evictions with her camera. Tshepiso’s visit ended up documenting what’s become a riveting photo essay that followed both those who were forced to move and the people hired to make it happen.The 25-year-old writer and photographer self-identifies as someone who captures the dignity of ordinary people, far removed from the glamorous or ideal atmospheres of high-profile photography.Tshepiso is a visual observer of Bantu living as well as a storyteller who believes that her calling is to produce work that promotes equity and social unity, seeking to correct the injustices that exist in our everyday culture. To her social justice means being able to embrace our similarities as a people while working towards creating a society where all can live freely without prejudice.‘This essay looks at the relationships people create with the spaces they inhabit using the recent evictions of residents in Johannesburg buildings.This essay looks at how people from the same socio-economic spectrum were pitted against each other in a single day, how one group moved from evicting people who are as poor as them to playing soccer in the street and cordoning off the building, and how the other was left homeless and hopeless after being evicted from the homes they created.The purpose of this essay is to highlight the housing problem in Johannesburg inner city and how it affects the relationships that people build among each other.’ – Tshepiso  

She also points out that her passion to tell this type of story through her work was inspired by the fact that ‘As a child of a working-class family from the rural Eastern Cape, I know all too well how it feels to have to recreate a home, far away from home.’Tshepiso’s photo series scored her not only a nomination but also a big win in our #COM. Creative of the Month is a bi-monthly competition that is meant to celebrate creatives within our community. We hope with each nomination and with each win, current recruits and our alumni are always inspired to create and exhibit their best work!

Congratulations Tshepiso hope you enjoy your prize!

To see the rest of the photo essay, visit her Behance website here: https://goo.gl/8aEKmU

 
"The Taxi Lord Photographer" -  Kgomotso Neto Tleane
Known as the “Taxi Driver Photographer”, most of Kgomotso’s popular work immortalizes the lives and experiences of South African taxi drivers, particularly at their place of work. His work has been recognized by publications such as Mail&Gaurdian and television channel, ETV.  

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We welcomed Xolisa Dyeshana, Executive Creative Director at Joe Public to host this morning’s Umuzi Masterclass. The youngest of 7 children, he was influenced by his father who used to promote ciggies in taverns around Mdantsane, where he grew up.

We've Gotta Bring The Magic - Xolisa Dyeshana
He spoke about the challenges of leaving your comfort zone, placing emphasis on growth and development. The only way to grow is to be uncomfortable. “Complacency is death.”

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Black Bodies in The Media - Gruesome, Undignified, and Unnecessary?

In an effort to combat the recent outburst of violent attacks on foreign nationals in South Africa, on Tuesday night police raided a hostel in Jeppestown, accompanied by the army.

Several people were arrested and a variety of items seized, including suspected stolen goods from recent looting of foreign owned shops in the area. The raid was filmed and broadcast on national television. Half-dressed men, startled from their sleep, watched, with the rest of the country, as police ransacked their bedrooms. (more…)
WE ARE HIRING: Creative Director | Senior Art Director | Senior Copywriter
 
Under the direction of the MD of Umuzi Photo Club and the head of Umuzi Academy, we are looking for a vibrant, fresh and hip Creative Director, Senior Art Director and Senior Copywriter to manage the 2015 interns and the Umuzi Academy creativity to achieve our goal of creating the next generation of creative professionals from eKasi.
 
Creative Director 
Johannesburg
Start date: January 5th, 2015 (preference for a part-time start in 2014)
 

Job Description:

Under the direction of the MD of Umuzi Photo Club and the head of Umuzi Academy, the Creative Director is responsible for the creative outlook of the entire organisation. His or her main responsibilities are threefold:
1)   Managing the delivery of creative education to the Umuzi Academy interns and managing the Umuzi Academy faculty to achieve our goal of creating the next generation of creative professionals from eKasi
2)   Managing the delivery of professional creative work, through the Umuzi Agency, including selling, staffing and delivering creative services in a professional, fresh way to achieve our goal of delivering professional services to the creative industry and corporate clients as an independent, sustainable, creative agency
3)   Managing the delivery of internal creative deliverables including exhibitions, traditional and digital content, etc. to achieve our goal of being a thought leader in the creative and education sectors. Read more 
 
Senior Art Director
Johannesburg. 
Start date: January 5th, 2015 (preference for a part-time start in 2014)
Job Description:
Under the direction of the Creative Director of Umuzi Photo Club and the head of Umuzi Academy, the Senior Art Director is responsible for the Graphic Design stream of the entire organization. Senior Art Director has a proven ability to translate a marketing strategy into compelling creative concepts, and ensure that clients’ goals are met when developing and executing ideas. His or her main responsibilities are threefold:
1)   Delivering the Graphic Design creative education to the Umuzi Academy interns and managing the Umuzi Academy interns to achieve our goal of creating the next generation of creative professionals from eKasi
2)   Delivering professional Art Direction/Graphic Design, through the Umuzi Agency, including selling, staffing and delivering graphic design services in a professional, fresh way to achieve our goal of delivering professional services to the creative industry and corporate clients as an independent, sustainable, creative agency
3)   Delivering of internal Art Direction/Graphic Design deliverables including exhibitions, traditional and digital content, etc. to achieve our goal of being a thought leader in the creative and education sectors. Read more
 
Senior Copywriter 
Johannesburg. 
Start date: January 5th, 2015 (preference for a part-time start in 2014)
Job Description:
Under the direction of the Creative Director and the head of Umuzi Academy, the Senior Copywriter is responsible for the copywriting stream of the entire organization. Senior Copywriters have a proven ability to translate a marketing strategy into compelling creative concepts, and ensure that client’ goals are met when developing and executing ideas. His or her main responsibilities are threefold:
1)   Delivering the copywriting creative education to the Umuzi Academy interns and managing the Umuzi Academy interns to achieve our goal of creating the next generation of creative professionals from eKasi
2)   Delivering professional copywriting work, through the Umuzi Agency, including selling, staffing and delivering copywriting services in a professional, fresh way to achieve our goal of delivering professional services to the creative industry and corporate clients as an independent, sustainable, creative agency
3)   Delivering internal copywriting deliverables including exhibitions, traditional and digital content, etc. to achieve our goal of being a thought leader in the creative and education sectors. Read more 
 
Applicants interested in the position please send an email with the following:
  • Subject line of position applying for
  • Cover letter no more than 200 words
  • Resume
  • Your portfolio
  • Any other information that will make us think that you are the one.

Please send applications to bushera.bashir@umuzi.org

 
 
 
Design: Sean Dalasile 
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The Power of 50 students are without doubt the next generation of creative professionals. Three weeks into the course and they are already coming up with the finest visual concepts.  Obakeng Molepe, Matthew Mundell and Xolani Phakathi from the Umuzi Academy, took to the streets of Jozi and captured a series of what they say is “an authentic vintage swag with a touch of new school”.
The Power of 50: Vintage Lens
Sheba dai Ding!
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Thank You Braamfontein
 
On March the 29th, 2012, we launched the “I am an activist” campaign in Braamfontein. The campaign combined three major issues in a city wide take over. 
On a mission to fulfil his dream of photographing all the capital cities in the world within a timeframe of six years, Jeroen Swolfs (creator of Streets of the World: The Americas) heard about Umuzi and wanted to get involved. Although Johannesburg was not on his list, as it is not a capital city, he paid us a visit.
The aim was to share his travel experience and knowledge of photography with our activists. In turn, Umuzi members braved Friday’s scorching sun to take Jeroen into the heart of the bustling city where he spent the best part of the day taking pictures which portray the vibrancy of Johannesburg, alongside Umuzi staff and youth activists. The weekend was finished off with a workshop, held at East Bank High in Alexander where he also showcased some of his work.
In encouraging the activists, Jeroen said, “The journey to fulfilling one’s dream is always filled with trials and tribulations but giving up should never be an option.”
 
“At some point in my life I was told that I would never make it as a photojournalist, that I just didn’t have what it takes. Instead of giving up, I chose to continue chasing my dreams,” explained Jeroen.
 
The activists took Jeroen on a photo walk around the township, taking snapshots that depict the positive side of ekasi (township) life. These pictures will be used for an Umuzi Photo Club postcard series.
 
We wish Jeroen all the best, as he continues with his journey and ventures to other parts of Africa. A special thanks to Beverly Inacio for organizing this workshop. We’re also grateful to Desiree Brouwer and Mariska van der Brink for being a part of the day and assisting the learners in taking pictures. Siyabonga kakhulu!


Written: Nwabisa Ngumbela
Edited: Nicci Collier
Photos: Bev Inacio