Jacques Marais Media

I create. I capture moments. In photographs, as well as in words. As a photojournalist, I use tools – a camera and a computer – in order to freeze-frame short-lived instants in time. To make sure they are remembered long after the passing of the actual moment. There’s duality, a shit-load of it, in fact, as the image I capture utterly depends on where I point my camera. And the words I write depend on my mood, my state of mind, my rapport with my subject, my agony and my ecstasy. But I’m more craftsman than artist, and busting my gut goes hand in hand with that occasional flash of blinding insight.

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Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Kigali, Rwanda


Spotless. Colourful. Creative. Progressive. Friendly. Vibey. Safe. These are adjectives not often used when describing an African capital, but every single one of them holds true for #Kigali. And as far as technological advances go, this city is light years ahead of RSA, with hyperspeed fibre, traffic lights that count down, boulevards sans plastic bags or [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Tanzania Road Tripping

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Mayhem. Nothing quite describes the utter chaos of road-tripping through Tanzania’s northeastern provinces, especially the back roads careening out from Kigoma. Potholed tarmac strips splice together endless gravel war zones, where juggernaut trucks broadside into view around blind corners, with no escape route but a 3m ditch 15cm away from your wheels. There is but [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Tanzania leg


Insane. We snuck across the #mbala border post into Tanz late yesterday arvie, and did a sneaky dogleg off the main dirt drag to camp wild in a small miombo woodland copse. A serenade of unidentified frogs and night jars soundtracked our night as we cracked open a few beers, and had an inaugural boerie braai on [...]

Beyond the Rift Valley 2018 – Zambia leg


Zambia is pretty huge, and that goes for the capital, #Lusaka, as well. Pistol Peter Kirk and I caught up with the Dunlop Tyres SA #BeyondTheRiftValleyExpedition and spent most of the day battling proper African traffic in and around the city. We had an incredible welcome from the local Lusaka #Dunlop crew, with a cold #MosiLager or two thrown in for good measure. And [...]

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