Guests : Lebohang Kganye
Lebohang Kganye flipped through the albums. A young woman smiled up from the
photos, a familiar face from a time she didn’t recognise. After her mother’s death,
Kganye searched for her presence.
Afraid of forgetting the person she knew – her voice, her personality, her movements –
Kganye put on her mother’s clothes and imitated her poses in the family snapshots. As
she photographed these recreations, Kganye began bridging the space between loss
and the continuation of life.
By superimposing her self-portraits onto the old photographs, Kganye creates a striking
sequence of images. She emulates her mother’s vibrancy, as the double exposure
reflects the connection between parent and child. But the effect also emphasises their
division in time, and Kganye’s attempt to understand her mother’s experiences.
Her series, Ke Lefa Laka: Her-story, is a profound homage to the woman who raised her.
On Lavender Hill’s most dangerous street, 17 little ballerinas transcend into a world of
stillness. Their dance is a fearless act of reclamation in an area notorious for its
violence. Children raised in this neighbourhood are desensitised to the crime, with kids
as young as 10 years old working as drug mules. Ralph Bouwers grew up here. He
understands their plight. It’s why he’s dedicated to their upliftment.
To break the normality of life amid gangsterism, Bouwers created The Guardians of the
National Treasure in 2003. Through the NPO, he provides food, clothing and activities
such as soccer and netball. Bouwers’ approach is holistic, taking into account the
attention and affirmation children need.
The focus on fun is an active reminder for the kids that a life of crime isn’t their only
option. Bouwers’ next venture is to work with ward councillors to organise sport and
recreational classes on a field alongside Blode Street, known to locals as the ‘The
Battleground.’ His efforts are turning this warzone into a space of possibility, one where
he can raise children, not gangsters.
Ever seen a dog mount a paddleboard, dive into ocean swells, and summit mountains?
Stout does it with astounding ease, all while dragging his human on a leash behind him.
The canine’s life is the stuff of legend. He helps protect endangered wildlife, regularly
joins his local running club, and has even dabbled in a film career. But after traversing
an array of fearless activities, Stout may have to take an indefinite hiatus.
If Stout could talk, he’d tell us that he’s a Belgian Malinois, born in April 2011, loves
catching frisbees, and is Doug Turvey’s favourite travel partner. The pair work as
adventure guides in the Western Cape, leading people through a series of actionpacked
activities. No hike is too long, no trail run too jagged, and no paddleboard too
unstable for this team. But it’s not just adrenaline pumping journeys that Stout is known
for. He’s also a very good boy. Together with Turvey, he’s taught companionship and
dog care across South African townships, raised money for the Endangered Wildlife
Trust, and supported the Green Dogs Conservation. Stout also fosters orphaned puppies
and kittens until they’re ready for their own escapades. With sloppy kisses and
boundless enthusiasm, Stout leaves an indelible mark on everyone he meets.
Beautiful News made this piece for an international day of trans, biophobia and
homophobia last week.
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