July 4, 2016

Welcome to Inanda

NGONYAMA character and role playing as a taxi assistant, formally known as a “taxi conductor”

NGONYAMA character and role playing as a taxi assistant, formally known as a “taxi conductor”

Welcome to Inanda where men and women work hard day in day out to provide for their families that despite the unfavourable conditions they continue to go about their ways to better their lives and make ends meet. They seek for opportunities every day to make any income from nothing to something

This is a place where the youth should be encouraged not to turn a blind eye to each and every person standing in the corner selling our daily needed products, they might not be earning big wages and working highly profiled jobs but it is important that we identify the main aim which is to support their young children as priority. The youth still have a bright future ahead and therefore must be considered as upcoming future leaders, so it is vital for them to relate, follow these examples and apply them into their lives to maybe be inspired to initiate their careers or start their own businesses to build a better village.

Ngonyama as a shoe maker who specialises mainly to fix shoes in exchange for money as income.

Ngonyama as a shoe maker who specialises mainly to fix shoes in exchange for money as income.

It is also important to recognise the fact that as much as people expect development within the Township we individually have a responsibility to better our lives in every good way as much as possible so that collectively we will can become a stronger community. We must love, get along with one another and take pride in the place we live in. All of this may sound like a cliché but kids should always know that the key to a better future is to “stay in school” because education is our tool for success

We are living in an era where we need to teach ourselves to stop looking for jobs but to create. It takes perseverance and a lot of dedication to start something on your own and build it up to become a strong product that people to take interest into and turn into loyal customers.  The photo below is a good example of a person who is determined to achieve their goal despite all the negative appearances this type of trade would display to people within the community.

Selling chickens, waiting for potential customers all day to show interest without any guarantee, shows perseverance. The trick is to position yourself in a very public location so that majority can see the product and be easily accessible

Selling chickens, waiting for potential customers all day to show interest without any guarantee, shows perseverance. The trick is to position yourself in a very public location so that majority can see the product and be easily accessible

Vendors are a big part of our culture because onlookers easily identify them subconsciously as a description of this township in terms of development. At the end of the day we as the community collectively are responsible for how our place looks. Whether you sell vegetables, run a Spaza shop, or a small mobile retail shop your presence makes an impact on how Inanda is perceived.

A Barber is another common trade in the Townships

A mobile retail shop selling clothes.

A mobile retail shop selling clothes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Chxb19WRp68&feature=youtu.be

 

Written by: Musa Zwane

Photography: Nhlanhla Mnise

Model: Kuhle Ngonyama

Inanda, Durban, South Africa

03 July 2016