Abantu Bahamba Apha

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.

  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Duration (minutes): 05:26
  • Release Date: October 29, 2021 00:00 - November 16, 2021 01:00
  • Language: IsiXhosa and English



Samkela Stamper, Conceptual Artist & Producer
Nyaniso Lindi, Artist
Andisiwe “Bliss” Rabeshu, Artist


Samkela Stamper, founder of the Thandeka Stamper Art Galari eNgqushwa & co-founder of The Open Space in Makhanda, is a poet, a playwright, visual and performing artist, an independent producer and curator who calls herself a creative thinker and art-trepreneur.
Stamper is passionate about urban renewal of local communities and public art development and has initiated and facilitated public art and creative projects commissioned by various organisations. Stamper has performed, worked and exhibited her works in notable festivals and spaces such as the Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe Festival (2012 – 2015), Innibos Festival (2006 – 2013) , Bushfire Festival (2015), Open Book Festival (2012), Jozi Book Fair (2014), The Constitution Hill (2014), World Economic Forum in CT (2013) and Infecting The City Public Art Festival (2013 – 2015) and presented a paper at the UCT’s GIPCA Public Art Symposium 2015 on Public Art, Youth and Women. Stamper was the artist in residence for Afrovibes Festival (2014) as part of the SA-UK Seasons.

Stamper, a recent mature Fine Art graduate at Rhodes University (2019) is currently working on her proposal to be considered for an MA candidacy for Fine Art/ Environmental Studies called Design for Change at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (2021/2022) with her research solely based in her hometown, Ngqushwa with its 138 villages as a potential for change in Remaking Place and parts of Rini/ Makhanda and Zwelitsha.