people safe, shark safe

Photography by Mac Stone | Words by Lisa Boonzaier
Many of the Shark Spotters live in crowded and impoverished townships outside Cape Town. Funded by the local municipality, local businesses and the Save Our Seas Foundation, the programme provides much-needed jobs and income to under-served communities. Its members wear their branded backpacks and shirts with pride in the communities.
Shark encounters are becoming more frequent in False Bay as a burgeoning human population results in more people coming into contact with the bay’s temperate waters. In 2006, Achmat Hassiem lost his lower right leg to a great white shark while swimming at Muizenberg. Now a Paralympic medallist swimmer, he is also an outspoken advocate for shark conservation.
Sarah Waries
After the shark bites people were very scared. They didn’t want to come and use the beach.


SOSF Marine Conservation Photography Grant