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2017-11-07 06:00
Anthony Leggett

Anthony Leggett

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A Hout Bay High School learner believes everyone has a story to tell and everyone should listen for the better of the community.

Grade 11 learner Anthony Leggett says South Africans have a lot to tell and often people clash because they don’t understand each other or their backgrounds.

Through his project, Humans of Cape Town, Leggett hopes people will take a few minutes to interact and get to know the next person and listen to their stories of love, loss, strength, courage and hope, among other things.

Humans of Cape Town is based on the popular Facebook page Humans of New York (Hony).

Hony is a photo blog of portraits and interviews of people found on the streets of New York City. Brandon Stanton launched it in 2010 and recently started doing a video series of New Yorkers as well.

Leggett says he wants to tell the stories of people in Cape Town.

“I believe we have a rich history that no-one else can tell except ourselves. I believe there is someone out there who is willing to listen and I want to make this about interaction and people being able to open up to each other and talk about their issues, challenges and backgrounds, among other things.

“People are so busy and they have forgotten about the simple things in life. Through this I want people to appreciate the simple things, talk about them,” says ­Leggett.

He is putting everything together and opening social media pages for his project. He hopes to have everything in motion by the end of the year.

“This is for everyone in Cape Town and I hope everyone will take part and we will share our experiences and our stories and build a better country and a community that we want to see,” he says.

Leggett says he loves telling other people’s stories. He is also a freelance photographer and his wish is to have billboards of the people featured on Humans of Cape Town all over.

“This will spark a conversation. I will definitely start in Hout Bay which is my community and we have a lot of tourists here. When I put pictures of the people that we will interview someone will see their picture and when they meet that particular person they will want to hear more of their story. I want people to know each other.

“For me this project is also about telling other young people to not be afraid. This is a big project but I’m putting everything in. As young people we should not live in shadows. There is so much that we can do and I hope more people will come out and shine,” he says.

Like for any other project, Leggett says he needs volunteers.

“This is not my project but about the community’s. If you can take pictures, are a writer a business person, come and work with us. We can only become a better community by working together and always being there to listen.”

V For more information call Anthony Leggett on 071 978 5435.

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