Abantu Bahamba Apha manifest as a permanent Site-Specific Installation and video work. Directly translated from IsiXhosa to English means People Walk Here. There are three bridges in Rini in Jacob Zuma Drive known to the locals (the bridges) as eMfuleni, eBridgini and Kwa-Luki respectively. People walk there. The bridges are also considered as ‘’markers’’ to some entry and exit points of Rini especially to people of colour who use the Joza Township as an entry or exit point when coming in and going out of Makhanda. With this work, I reimagine these three bridges into three public art murals with 7 other local artists to speak visually about Makhanda’s creative history in the past 5 decades.
The video work speak to the labour inequalities that exist in Makhanda since it became a Settler’s Town in 1820. The work is therefore an attempt cleanse it & give back the dignity of the people using the four elements of life in a site-specific intervention.