Durban's Sand Gang captures MH disasters

Aug 03 2014 18:28

The Sand Gang's latest creation on the Durban beach front. Photo: Mitch Meyer.

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Cape Town - A Fin24 user captured Durban's Sand Gang's latest creation on Sunday, a poke at Malaysian Airlines, which has had two aircraft disasters this year.

Malaysian Airlines has experienced a rough year, with the missing MH370 over the Indian Ocean in March and the shooting down of the MH17 over Ukraine last month.

The group of informal traders, dubbed the Sand Gang in Durban, eke out a living by building sand castles daily on Durban's busy beach promenade.

They depend on donations from passers-by and tourists, who often take photos of their castles, which range from depictions of Moses Mabhida to the Big Five. They even have a convertible car castle that people can jump in to for a sandy spin.

Fin24 user Mitch Meyer sent these pictures to showcase the sandcastle practitioner's new innovation.

The Sand Gang is required to buy permits from the municipality for R39 per month for the right to build sandcastles on the beach. This is a bone of contention for the artists, many of whom live on the street, in shelters in the inner city or commute from local townships.

- Read City Press's story on the group.

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