The Emalahleni Participatory Photography and Mobile Journalism

Project aimed to facilitate processes for community members from Emalahleni, Mpumalanga to find, explore and represent their stories – not just their present, and the challenges that they currently face, but also their imagined futures and their reflections on how the past has informed the present. The objective is to depict the socio-economic living and working conditions of identified ‘micro communities’ within Emalahleni, to highlight their plight in terms of human rights, mining and environmental vulnerability issues, and to raise awareness amongst the local population and key stakeholders on the importance of addressing the mining and environmental dynamics of Emalahleni. Through image making 12 participants/community members reflected and shared their lived experiences in the hope of stimulating dialogue not only for the immediate community but also further afield as such challenges, which sometimes stifle agency, exist within numerous similar small mining towns/communities around South Africa.

Khomotso Mokgabudi

Lerato Sibanyoni

Mahlatse Malope

Nkosinathi Ndzumeni

Nomfuno Skhosana

Skhumbuzo Thodlana


Xolani Masinga