This print is educational. It invokes conversations between strangers. It brings together people of various ethnicities and geographical locations. It realizes the need to unify Africans starting with South Africans from various areas of the country.
The word or term Kas’lam is a street lingo (language) meaning “my hood” or my township. Kas’lam is a combination of isiZulu or isiXhosa as the two languages are similar in form, and also a language known as Afrikaans. Kas, is an abbreviation of an Afrikaans word lokasie which means location or township, Lam, is an abbreviation of a Zulu/Xhosa word lami which means mine. So, in short Kas’lam = My location.
Through this print we unify residents and at the same time educate locals and tourists about the hood as it shows names of places that belong to a certain area. This print started as an initiative to unit Cape Town townships dwellers from different backgrounds, in this case coloreds and blacks. The beauty of this print is that it is a story that is no longer about Cape Town but also other areas, provinces, or regions withing South Africa. We have Kas’lam print design for each South Africa province and we plan to take this movement to other African countries very soon. This print has also become a useful road map tool for both locals and tourists.