Home Sweet Home

These pictures show how millions of South Africans are housed.

To avoid misunderstandings: it’s NOT the homestead of South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma. This guy has always been very privileged … 😉 …; most probably never stayed in a shack (well I did and it was quite an experience. Everything there except electricity and a toilet …)

These pictures are part of a documentary serie I’m engaged in for the NGO Food4Thought which runs the pre-primary school Funimfundo (= ‘Seeking Knowledge’) in the location (township/informal settlement) Die Kop nearby my village. The school is privately funded (no state involved), exists for 10 yrs and is regarded as one of the best in the Western Cape.

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Photography competition

I’m not much in favor of all kinds of photography competitions for which you have to pay an entrance fee to participate. But now I made an exception. Although there is a jury that makes the final decision people can also vote for me online. The more votes the bigger the chance to win the JACKPOT of 75,000 US-Dollars. If I should win it (which is most probably beyond any imagination) I donate one third to the NGO Food4Thought here in Stanford, South Africa. This community based NGO runs a pre-primary school in the informal settlement Die Kop that is virtually fully privately funded with well trained teachers, born and bred in Die Kop. The school is one of the best of its kind in the Western Cape. The NGO is fully accountable and periodically independently audited and complies therefore even for funding from the USA (strict regulations over there when it comes to funding South African projects).

As theme for the photographic competition I choose for the village me and my wife/companion-for-life Yvonne are living. Just Stanford as I see and enjoy it.

Thanks for voting!

Herman 🙂

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