Kimberley Street Kid.

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The downtown area of Kimberley is quite small, no tall sky scrapers or anything like that.  It does have something in common with most large downtown areas such as that of Johannesburg and Cape Town, Street Kids.  They walk the streets at night looking for a fix, whatever drugs they can find to help them through their lives.  No parents and no home to go to, they sleep pretty much where ever they can.  We came acoss this kid that asked the security guard at the Post Office is he could sleep right there on the stairs.  She said she felt sorry for him so she gave him a piece of bread which you can see in the photos.  I have no idea how old this kid is but he had Tattoos on his leg and another guard told us that this kid had been into some of the heaviest drugs the night before…  Apparently he ran away from home and then ran away from the ‘safe haven’ as well, left to lurk the streets of Kimberley, steeling stuff to sell for drugs.  Quite a sad story.

Mike Koroczynsky, AKA – CHINNER.

Monday, March 25th, 2013

I just got back to Johannesburg after spending a fun long weekend in the town of Kimberley, South Africa.  It’s a strange little town with a very diverse population, including 1 lone American…  “Mike”, or as most people would call him, “Chinner”.  Mike has been living out there since early last year and runs the Maloof Money Cup skate park while seeking shade from that African sun.  If you ever get the time to head out there, you’ll find Mike at the Maloof Skate Plaza, towering over all the kids, and their parents for that matter!  If he’s not busy with some contest or hanging out with the kids, he’s probably on his board, his uber wide board, perfect for the 7 foot tall man.  Here are some photos I shot with Chinner enjoying his board.