S’kop is the first of ten books in the Wake up, this is Joburg series. Writer and urban planner Tanya Zack and photographer Mark Lewis present a startling story of entrepre-neurship and survival in the city. Their text and images take us to uitval grond and to a condemned building, where a thriving commercial network has its start before branching out to various corners of Johannesburg.
The butchers and traders and entrepreneurs who have made this business uniquely theirs, speak of the hardships of their work in the meat trade and the occasional rewards of making it on their own. It’s a story not just about an interesting and tough line of work, but about business connections and how to get things done, how to operate below the radar and, against fairly tough odds, how to make things work. More or less.