When we first landed in South Africa in 2003, it was so easy to point out the country’s failings: apartheid, racism, economic disparity, segregation.
A journalist friend told me how the apartheid government would bring in sand to build up the dunes lining the highway from the airport to downtown Cape Town. That way visitors wouldn’t have to see the tin shacks that sprawled out for miles and miles.
And then after a time, South Africa became a mirror — no, more like a magnifying glass. I starting thinking about my own personal sand dunes.
I’m heading back there in 2 weeks and I’m bringing you all with me. I’ll be working with photographers and radio reporters who are documenting their own communities.