33 imagesOn April 27 each year, Freedom Day is celebrated in South Africa. Freedom Day is a national holiday that celebrates democracy and commemorates the fight against apartheid. On April 27th 1994 a new government is democratically elected for the first time in South African history, after a long fight against the apartheid regime. Amandla! With traditional dance and inspirational speeches, Freedom Day is celebrated in local townships and cities. Both generations and young people celebrating and listen to stories about the struggle against apartheid, in which Nelson Mandela's ANC played an important role.
16 imagesA photo documentary of Kibera, a large slum located west of the Kenyan capital Nairobi. Kibera counts between 100 and 500 thousand inhabitants however an official number does not exist. Unemployment is high and most people live in extreme poor circumstances. Despite the primitive conditions there is also a dynamic vibe in the city; creativity and optimism are vital in business and life in Kibera slum.
22 imagesPreparations for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa are in full swing as there are many construction works that have to be finished on time. This is a period when many concerns are raised and questions asked. The pressure from media, the FIFA and government is immense, but the constructionworkers have to keep a clear head and do their job. Most road workers work under contract for short periods of time, but some have already been on the scene for 1 year or more. Many live in townships nearby Port Elizabeth, others come from further away: East London, Umtata or even Zimbabwe. The conditions can be very tough: hot weather, dusty environment, simplistic tools, grueling routines, minimum wages and hard physical labour. However, most of them are used to working under these conditions. They are doing their job and making the deadline, a great achievement in honour of a special occasion.
33 imagesIn June 2010 the FIFA World Cup was held in South Africa. One of the biggest international events ever organized on African soil. For South Africans this event has important significance. 16 years before the country had implemented major political reforms. Apartheid was abolished and there came democracy. Now, under the presidency of Jacob Zumu, South Africa will be the first African country to organize the FIFA World championship soccer. The South African team, also called the Bafana's, is qualified automatically as host country. Expectations are high and there is a great pride and joy. A photo report of the 2010 World Cup, with images of preparations for the South African government and experiences on the street and stadium.