Mdantsane is a unique, vibrating, eclectic, African place. Follow us on a pilgrimage to Mdantsane to discover the street culture, fashion, food, people, music, homes, taverns, humor, businesses, history and what's hot in the second biggest township in South-Africa, located close to the city of East London in the Province of the Eastern Cape. Join us on this journey while we capture the spirit of this amazing place for you in the here and in the now. We are going to introduce you to many individuals, artists, musicians, groups and associations.
They are the HEROES OF DAILY LIFE. They are the people who create, innovate and improve their life and their stories deserve to be told. This is a place for only good and positive stories of humanity, that will send out a message of courage, endurance and strength to the world through their pictures and words.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Sithembile Nqongqo says I can call him Jeffrey if his name is too difficult for me to pronounce.
I do prefer Sithembile. That's ok. And I do not have to call him Mr.Nqongqo because he is a really friendly person. I can call him by his first name. 

He is the African Tailor at Hi-Way with the blue measuring tape always hanging around his neck.

Sithembile sews on a slightly altered black Singer sewing machine with a sparkling silver label that dates back to the 1940's.

That is his shop. 
A cellphone advertising sign-board with the old Vodacom-Guy with the white beard, so very well known in South Africa, adorns the front of his working table.

His main business are alterations.
I do not design, he says

And these are three of his costumers waiting in his shop, keeping him company

Is he a good tailor, I ask ?

A single YES shooting from three mouths !

A dress for me he will make for " 2 clip" . That is 200 Rand.
But he is too busy now. 
He has got too much work, but can I can come at the end of the month?
So you are rich then? I ask. 
And he gives me a broad grin.

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