E’Plazini: A Place to call home for Waste Collectors by Mpumelelo Buthelezi

Carpe Diem Series

Mpumelelo Buthelezi gifts us with this captivating photo of the amazing waste collectors in South Africa! They are out seizing the day with their hard work and help in their community. Take a look and read more about this inspirational job below!

The residents of Devland and Dryhook claiming the mountain to recycle materials, which they have collected during the day rummaging through plastic, sorting glass and crumpling paper. Picture: Mpumelelo Buthelezi/ City Press

Artist Statement:

E’Plazini: A Place to call home for Waste Collectors  

This photo documentary about waste pickers who live in a neighbourhood called Dryhook Informal settlement, Phororo near Devland, Soweto. In South Africa it is estimated that 85,000 people make a living as waste collectors/recyclers. Waste pickers are people who collect and sort waste materials, and sell reusable and recyclable materials (such as paper, cardboard, plastic containers, glass, and metal) primarily in an informal capacity. In particular waste pickers contribute to higher levels of recycling within cities and towns, and help to divert waste from landfills.

These people live by collecting waste material for recycling from all over Soweto for over the last ten years. They recycle their materials in a dumping area daily from 4am in the morning until 4pm, some work weekly and some on a daily basis. Recycle trucks then transport this waste materials to different firms, such as Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. At the recycling company they get R3, 20 per kilogram for plastic containers and empty cans; R1.20 per kilogram for plastic, and R2 per kilogram for cardboard boxes. They make about R40, on a good day, R60 and R200 weekly.


Mpumelelo Buthelezi-a photographer born and bred in Pimville, Soweto

Skeleton as an Ecosystem – Visual Art by Kateryna Repa

Online Open Mic – 2021

Come embrace the fresh and exciting art of Kateryna Repa! Her work brought me into a sense of scientifically examining a magical world, which then invites the feeling that magic is always right in front of us. The combination of shapes, colors, and intricate designs had me absolutely loving it, and I think you will too!

Artist Statement:

In my works in the field of painting, sculpture and media, I touch on the topic of ecology and the impact of human consumption on it, as well as the types of its consequences for the environment and us.

In graphics, these are different manifestations of the human essence, such as it is, in my opinion, at the given moment of development.

I also touch on the topic of evolution and its manifestations, linking it with technologies and their influence, as well as with possible themes of their manifestation. Therefore, in the project “Evolution” I touch upon the topic of possible teleportation, linking it with rapid development and penetration into all aspects of human activity, creating my own reality one after another and superimposing it on the real world, inviting the viewer to plunge into my alternative reality, in which imaginations intersect my literary works and visual designer of clothes and accessories.


Kateryna Repa was born in 1979, Odessa (Ukraine). Graduated from Odessa Hydrometeorological University. Lives and works in Odesa. 

Works with painting, graphics, media art, sculpture and art objects. She also participates in personal and collective exhibitions in London,  Berlin, Italy, USA, South Korea, Ukraine etc. Works are in private  collections. 

She participated in the Falling Shadow project in the gardens of Giardini  at the 58th Venice Biennale and G’ART Fair Seoul South Korea, as well  as in the jury of international art competitions in Israel and Russia. In  2020, she was awarded the third International Prize “Leonardo da  Vinci” as a universal artist in Florence.  

In 2016, she published a printed and electronic book, The Adventures  of Lucinda. Participated in the open Eurasian creative festival. Nominee  of the National Literary Award “Writer of the Year 2015”. In 2019, she  

was awarded the Alexander Pushkin medal, and founded the eponymous  brand of women’s clothing and accessories.

Will – Visual Art by Ci Barros

Online Open Mic – 2021

Sensational is the first word that comes to mind when I look at the work of Ci Barros! She uses a combination of illustration, light, water and photography to bring an image to life. This art titled, Will, fills me with the feelings of incredible strength and graceful perseverance.

This work belongs to the “Elements” Collection (Atelier D’Arte Ci Barros)


Ci Barros

I am a “Visual Artist” and a Writer from Portugal. I make llustrations, Drawn Prints, Paintings, Artistic Photography and I also write Poetry. 

My artistic journey includes Exhibitions in physical and virtual spaces, national and international participations. Two poetic and illustrative books, in my own name, as well as participation in several Anthologies of poetry at national level, in addition to my participation, equally poetic and illustrative, in the local newspaper. My Artistic Context is based on Social Reflection and on topics connected to the notion of Sustainability, on the defense of the Rights of Women and the Protection of Children. Likewise, my “Social Project – Ci Barros”, through art and culture, promotes mental health (individual and collective). 




Call For Submissions – To What We Lost

Call for Submissions!

All formats of art wanted!

Free submission. Deadline October 31st, 2020.

Looking for art on the topic of loss of all kinds. It can be loss of a loved one, a relationship, job, home, etc. or any other type of loss. The idea is to pay tribute to that which has been lost, honoring and validating the grief process of it.

Selected submissions will be displayed on www.pondersavant.com.

Submit To:

Email Mia Savant at pondersavant@gmail.com using the subject line “To What We Lost.”

Submissions Guidelines:

1. Send your artwork of any kind (written art, performance art, visual art, etc.) on the topic of loss.

-If sending video, please send it as a link to either youtube or vimeo.

Disclaimer: Submissions that include hate, discrimination, or inappropriate content will not be accepted.

2. Include a picture of yourself or any photo that you feel represents yourself as an artist.

3. Include any bios, links to your work, or social media sites that you would like to be shared.

4. Follow the blog site www.pondersavant.com. If you have Facebook or Instagram follow there as well @pondersavant.

5. Spread the word! Let other artists know about To What We Lost by your social media sites or word of mouth!

Deadline for submission is October 31st, 2020

Visual Art by Rida Basit Khan

Still Shining

Rida Basit Khan from Pakistan created these fabulous pieces of visual art for us to take in. Explore the depth and grace of each one!


I, Rida Basit Khan, born on 13-01-1996, am an Artist based in Lahore Pakistan.
I am Visual Artist. I love exploring different mediums and surfaces and have found
myself to specifically show my skills in Calligraphy and Miniature Art. I have
completed my Graduation from University Of Education, Bank Road Campus and
Recently I have done my Post graduation from my dream University, College Of
art & Design, University Of The Punjab. I have picked GOUACHE as my signature medium. I have won competitions and awards in various art exhibitions & have also worked in various art exhibitions. Few of my paintings are also purchase by people in USA. I completed my graduation & post graduation with distinction. I am also the member of Artist Asssociation Punjab. I am also participated in International Exhibitions.

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Kelsey Bryan-Zwick-Artwork – Online Open Mic

Long Beach & Whale
Mother & Daughter
Self Portrait with Wings


A Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize nominee, Kelsey Bryan-Zwick is a Spanish/English speaking poet from Long Beach, California.  Disabled with scoliosis from a young age, her poems often focus on trauma, giving heart to the antiseptic language of hospital intake forms.  Author of Watermarked (Sadie Girl Press) and founder of the micro-press BindYourOwnBooks, Kelsey’s poems appear in petrichor, Cholla Needles, Rise Up Review, Right Hand Pointing, Redshift, and Making Up, a Picture Show Press anthology.  Writing towards her new title, Here Go the Knives,

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Instagram @theexquisitepoet