Inequality is a complex subject, given that people’s lives and identities are infinitely varied. Far beyond simply referring to disparities in wealth distribution, inequality means different things to different people. It can be readily visible in South Africa’s divided cities or in the living conditions of people situated in one of Cape Town’s historically disadvantaged areas. It can also be persistent – yet invisible – in the workplace, quietly undermining women’s careers. In their project, the three photographers aimed to portray how Sibusiso Nyamakazi, Renshia Manuel and Bulelani Futshane have confronted various forms of inequality to realise their respective passions, sustain themselves and their families, and ultimately bring change in their communities. This photo project is the end product of a mentorship project launched by Agence Française de Développement (AFD), France’s public development bank, in partnership with Igalelo, a South African nonprofit organisation dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs from underprivileged areas of Cape Town.
Award-winning South African photographer Neo Ntsoma took budding photographers Andiswa Mkosi and Ross Jansen under her wing in their bid to question pervasive stereotypes about township youth, black fathers and women’s abilities.