Africa's Treasure

Africa's Treasure

August is National Women's month in South Africa. This fact, in part, inspired me to capture this photograph for World Photo Day. This lady sits outside a mall in a suburb containing some of the top 2% of the nation's high income households. Many of these households boast incomes in excess of $10 000 per month. In stark contrast, South African pensioners like this lady, can often only depend on a $100 a month government social grant. However, in a province with arguably the highest HIV prevalence and unemployment rate in the country, she has to support 6 grandchildren whose parents have died or are jobless. She is to be found at her makeshift stall, rain or shine, for up to 10 hours a day, 6 days per week. She is, sadly, not unique in her circumstances. This Gogo ( the isiZulu word for grandmother) represents to me, therefore, the true treasure of South Africa and its mother continent - the indomitable spirit, determination, resilience and compassion of all its women.
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Posted by Mark D. Young

Mark D. Young
Photographer/Journalist since 1976. World Citizen and witness through the viewfinder of change, progress and humanity in all its wonderful and malevolent forms.