Past Issue

This special issue takes the form of an extensive City Report focused on the city of Cape Town. It accompanies the City Desired exhibition project which tracks the lives of 11 citizens of the city

Issue #6

February 2015


  • The Last Harpooner

    Cyril Fernandez learnt how to stand in the bows of an open boat and wield a harpoon from his father. It was a valuable skill, knowing how to jump a southern right whale and kill it. Up until 1976, South Africa ran one of...

  • Shadow of the Mountain

    There are rote stories about Table Mountain that emphasise its daunting and picturesque qualities, but between these stories falls the shadow of another story Words: Ashraf Jamal & Photography by David Lurie

  • The Entreprenuer

    Christina Mtandana is known for her homemade dough cakes. She sells them to passersby in Sweet Home Farm. Business is okay, but it could...

  • The Farmer

    Kieyaam Ryklief is an urban farmer. In a food market dominated by conglomerates, Kieyaam has carved out a tiny niche. His farm in the...

  • The Healer

    John Parker is a psychiatrist at Lentegeur Hospital. This psychiatric facility in Mitchells Plain is at the frontline of treating methamphetamine-related psychosis. Parker, a...

City Reports

Interviews and Conversations

Photo Essays


  • Bryan Heseltine
  • Mike Nichol
  • Ashraf Jamal
  • Leonie Joubert
  • Brendon Bosworth
  • Kim Gurney
  • Bekezela Pakhati
  • David Schmidt
  • Janine Stephen
  • Lee Middleton
  • Sean O'Toole
  • Rustum Kozain
  • Gabeba Baderoon
  • Neil Armitage