2015 April 2: My first time visiting Joburg

by Anele Lozo Sibamba

I took a nerve-wracking trip on March 30, 2015 from where I stay in Mpumalanga (Ermelo), destined to Johannesburg (Parktown). The arrangement was made to allow me to collect my copy of the Faces and Phases 2006-14 book, in which I am one of the participants (pages 266,  294).

2015 April 1. Anele on a special visit in Parktown

2015 April 1. Anele on a special visit in Parktown

I usually see Joburg city when I go to Park Station to catch a bus to Cape Town to visit my family. It was my first time to visit anyone in Johannesburg and I was excited about the visit because I haven’t seen Zanele Muholi in a while. I arrived in Joburg after 3 hours on the road, and then took a cab to the flat where Muholi lives.

When I arrived I found Muholi and Thembela “Terra” Dick who is also a participant in the book. They welcomed me and I joined them chatting while we waited for Lerato Dumse to arrive from Cape Town. Lerato arrived later on and it was the four of us in the house. I must say they are very interesting people.

The following day Lerato Dumse interviewed me, I told her about my self, who I am and my dreams as well. It has always been my wish to see Hillbrow and on that Tuesday evening the wish came true when Terra and I went to buy mealies in Hillbrow. I saw a very fast life being lived there; it was really the Hillbrow as I usually hear about.

When Faces Meet (all featuring in Faces and Phases series)  From Left to Right: Noluntu Makalima, Lerato Dumse, Terra Dick, Anele Sibamba and Muholi (31/03/2015)

When Faces Meet (all featuring in Faces and Phases series)
From Left to Right: Noluntu Makalima, Lerato Dumse, Terra Dick, Anele Sibamba and Muholi (31/03/2015)

 

On Wednesday the 1 April 2015 Muholi advised that I apply for a passport so  that I get an opportunity to travel abroad with other Faces and Phases participants. I was so happy and excited. I would love to travel the world, so Terra and I went to Alexandra home affairs to apply for my passport. When Terra and I got back home Muholi took follow up pictures of Terra and me.

Later that evening Noluntu Makalima who is also a participant featured in the book (from Cape Town but stays in Joburg now) arrived with a friend called Keletso to spend the night. We had very interesting conversation about life, careers and relationships as young black lesbians.

On Thursday morning on the 2 April 2015, Keletso and Noluntu got up and went to work leaving us packing and getting ready to go our different paths. Terra was going back to Cape Town, I was returning back to Ermelo while Muholi and Lerato were going to a church in Durban so we all went our ways.

 

Featuring in Faces and Phases, Anele Sibamba, Gugulethu, Cape Town, 2008

Featuring in Faces and Phases, Anele Sibamba, Gugulethu, Cape Town, 2008

 

 

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One Response to 2015 April 2: My first time visiting Joburg

  1. Tshephy Kenny says:

    Zanele, Inkanyiso is much interesting. I love reading it now and then, touches me a lot and also teaches me a lot at the same time. Keep up the good photographic-writing work 🙂

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