By Andrew Meloney

Rasty – A Profile of One of Johannesburg’s Graffiti Artists

Rasty is one of Johannesburg’s established graffiti artists. He talks about what got him into this art form and the future it has in Johannesburg with Andrew Meloney, who captured this interview using iPod Touch technology.

 By Naveed Ahsan

Johannesburg’s Emerging Graffiti Culture

Johannesburg’s Emerging Graffiti Culture

Graffiti as a form of urban regeneration? What…well, Johannesburg does things differently. “The city realizes that (graffiti) is a part of the city and that it needs to be incorporated in some way,” Rasty, one of premier graffiti artists in Johannesburg, said. “Johannesburg is more open and they understand the more positive and beneficial aspect […]

 By Isaac Riddle

Gay and Lesbian South Africans Fight for Cultural Acceptance

Gay and Lesbian South Africans Fight for Cultural Acceptance

Asanda Madosi was 21 years old when he told his mother he was gay.  “My mother saw pictures of me in makeup and called me to tell me that we needed to talk,” said Madosi.  “My mom was very distraught when I came out, she feared for my safety.” Three years have passed since that […]

 By Isaac Riddle

Youth Program Lifts Up Community

Youth Program Lifts Up Community

Like many recent college graduates Collen Tshazi returned home after earning his degree.  Unlike most young twenty-somethings it wasn’t the comforts of home or the need to save money that brought Tshazi back to where he started, it was the desire to give back to the community he came from. “I know that I can […]

 By Andrew H. Sandefur

Winter Worship on the Koppies

Winter Worship on the Koppies

[vimeo 72364615] African Independent Churches use the Melville Koppies Reserve for their Sunday services and combine African traditions with Christianity. Dozens attend services on this ridge each weekend to worship Christ in their community. Written, produced, and shot by Andrew Sandefur Special thanks to Naveed Ahsan, Andrew Meloney, and Nicolas Cutrona for their assistance with production.

 By Zachary Martin

Johannesburg: Rosebank Craft Market

Johannesburg: Rosebank Craft Market

[vimeo 26730519 w=540 h=398] The Rosebank Craft Market in Johannesburg is in a hectic, colorful and souvenir-packed retail space in the Mall of Rosebank. The Craft Market has many interesting curios, pieces of art and tourist kitch, and fascinating vendors. The first thing to note is if you are a shopper who likes to quietly […]