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Local Photographers Capture South Africa’s Unexpectedly Beautiful Empty Streets

A number of talented photographers and photojournalists have captured breath-taking images of the unused infrastructure and empty streets across the country .

Josh Rubin, Chad Nathan, Anton Bosman, Tour Soweto, Morne Venter, Gerhard Britz

A number of photographs capturing South African cities during lockdown have been widely shared on social media. These photos give us a fresh perspective on our cities by capturing them stripped down, without their usual hustle and bustle. As we self-isolate to flatten the curve in the battle against COVID-19, these images are a testament to South Africa’s commitment to protecting our most vulnerable citizens.

We hope that the below images inspire you and give you a new love and appreciation for our cityscapes.


Cape Town 

Josh Rubin, photographer 

A birds eye view of Cape Towns lockdown.  Lockdown day 5 

A post shared by Joshua Rubin (@joshwideawake) on


Chad Nathan, photographer 



Anton bosman, photographer 

Tour Soweto 



Morne Venter, photographer

4/21 We stay in KZN. What are you keeping busy with on lockdown? Comment below⬇️

A post shared by Morne Venter (@ventermorne) on


Gerhard Britz, photographer


If you capture any of your own inspiring images during the lockdown, please tag House and Leisure when you post it to social media. 

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