(top) David Goldblatt , '± 2.30am Wolwerkraal

(top) David Goldblatt , '± 2.30am Wolwerkraal

David Goldblatt (born 1930)
'± 2.30am Wolwerkraal, Marabastad Bus, 3 Hours Still to Go, First Passengers of the Day' (top)
1984
Gelatin-silver print
Museum no. PH.65-1987

'± 7.15pm Travelling Out of Pretoria, on the 7pm Marabastad-Wolwerkraal Bus' (bottom)
1984
Gelatin-silver print
Museum no. PH.66-1987

The people in these photographs were workers from KwaNdebele, the homeland for Ndebele people, established under the apartheid system of ethnic separation that governed South Africa between 1948 and 1990. There was no work in KwaNdebele, so they travelled to Pretoria and beyond every day. For some, this meant a three-hour bus journey to Pretoria and then a further one-hour of travel by bus, taxi or train to their places of work. Four hours of travel each way, eight hours per day. They would rise at 2am and get home at between 9.30pm and 10pm.

 

This photograph can be found in Print Room Box 16.