The sign outside this house reads: “I help people with court cases [spelled incorrectly :)], work, illness, witchcraft, marital problems” … followed by a mobile phone number.
Strandfontein, Western Cape, South Africa


house, society, shanty, everyday life, south africa, cape town


  • Jazzdenski
    Jazzdenskialmost 5 years ago

    A wonderful slice of African life Erika!

  • Thank you, Denis. So glad you like it.

    – Erika Gouws

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsalmost 5 years ago

    Well spotted…great narrative on life!

  • Thanks, Clare. I should actually go back and speak to the person who lives there.

    – Erika Gouws

  • Steve Hildebrandt
    Steve Hildebrandtalmost 5 years ago

    Very cool! Who needs a fancy office when you have a mobile phone? LOL!

  • Absolutely! :)

    – Erika Gouws

  • Susanne Correa
    Susanne Correaalmost 5 years ago

  • Fran Webster
    Fran Websteralmost 5 years ago

    Just love this photo. The best sign I saw was in Kariba just before the great turn of 2000. On a little green tin shack the sign read. ‘Get your Y2K problems sorted here!’ I did not have a camera with me.

  • Thank you, Fran.
    LOL for your Kariba sign. It’s terrible how one sees the best things when there’s no camera around. :)

    – Erika Gouws

  • clizzio
    clizzioalmost 5 years ago

    Very interesting. Great cultural shot.

  • Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. Much appreciated!

    – Erika Gouws

  • Catherine Davis
    Catherine Davisover 4 years ago

    Wow, our lives are so very different… great photo!

  • Indeed, Catherine! Thank you so much for the visit and the comment.

    – Erika Gouws

  • RoughDiamond
    RoughDiamondover 4 years ago

    quite amazing how different it is to our way of life , thanks for sharing :)x

  • Thank you for looking! :)

    – Erika Gouws

  • Ellen Cotton
    Ellen Cottonover 4 years ago

    Great capture!!!! Congratulations on you hp feature!!!!!!!!!

  • Thank you very much – also for the fave!

    – Erika Gouws

  • DebraLee Wiseberg
    DebraLee Wisebergover 4 years ago

    Hey girfriend – congrat’s on your HP Feature. I will gladly lend you my ruby red shoes so you can do the Happy Dance!


  • Hey Debra! Thank you so much! There is indeed a lot of happy dancing to be done. Barefoot for better traction. :)
    (BTW – nice new profile pic!)

    – Erika Gouws

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