Classroom, Mpatamatu Pay Point


The reprivatisation of Zambia's mining sector in 1997 marked the end of an paternalistic era that had given birth to the mine towns of the Copperbelt. From the beginnings of industrial mining under corporate colonialism in the late 1920s to the corporate cradle-to-grave practice under the state-owned company Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines (ZCCM) in the 1980s and 1990s, each mine had resembled Goffman's total institution.

Social control over mineworkers and their families was exercised from the depth of the mine shaft to every corner of the mine house. The infrastructures extending from the mines and the economic privileges granted to mineworkers first cemented racial segregation and later the distance between mineworkers and other parts of the labour force.


Malachite Kingfisher, Zambia

Since my father taught me how to pronounce "Multispektralkamera" as a toddler, I am interested in photography. Always with my camera at hand, I attempt to submerge into the world around me.


Online Companion Continuous Revolution

I have been very active in several fields in the past comprising voluntary service in the social field, team and project management in the IT sector, independent web projects in digital humanities and talks/workshops on China-Africa relations.


Welcome to Half China

My PhD project began with a trip to Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe in 2011 and the cover picture taken by Thomas Lekfeldt on the 2011 Human Rights Watch Report "You'll Be Fired If You Refuse". I wanted to know for myself what Sino-African relations were like on the ground.