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Tanya Zack

Writer, Researcher, Planner, Policy Developer



About Tanya

Tanya Zack is an urban planner who holds a PhD from University of Witwatersrand for her work on Critical Pragmatism in Planning. Her core skills and work experience include policy development, research, writing, project management and facilitation of community participation. Her clients have included the City of Johannesburg, the Department of Housing (now Human Settlements) and Urban LandMark. She has operated as an independent consultant since 1991 and straddles academic research and practice. Tanya's recent consulting work, research, publication and creative writing centres on the inner city of Johannesburg. This includes work on migrant spaces and in particular on the spatial and economic shifts in an Ethiopian entrepreneurial location in the inner city. She is currently authoring a series of photobooks called 'Wake Up This Is Joburg'.

Books

WAKE UP, THIS IS JOBURG, is a series of ten photobooks by Tanya Zack and Mark Lewis about the city we hate to love but do anyway. Wake up, this is Joburg tells the stories of ten ordinary, interesting, odd or outrageous denizens of the city of Johannesburg. Wake up, this is Joburg is about that thing you can’t quite put a finger on when you tell people why you live here. The series is published by Fourthwall Books .


S’kop

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.

S’kop
By Mark Lewis and Tanya Zack

Tony Dreams in Yellow and Blue

A story of a remarkable citizen of the city who has spent most of his life transforming a 500 square metre patch of urban soil.

Tony Dreams in Yellow and Blue
By Mark Lewis and Tanya Zack

Inside Out

A story of low-end globalisation—of food and other commodities traded and retailed informally across South Africa’s borders.

Inside Out
By Mark Lewis and Tanya Zack

Zola

A Joburg story about the multiple business opportunities to be found under a highway on a leftover piece of urban land.

Zola
By Mark Lewis and Tanya Zack

Good Riddance

More stories about the people whose livelihoods form another important layer of the economic fabric of the city.

Good Riddance
By Mark Lewis and Tanya Zack

Tea at Anstey's

This is a story about an iconic building in the Johannesburg inner city that is emblematic of the many, radical transformations of the city over the last two decades.

Tea at Anstey's
By Mark Lewis and Tanya Zack


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Tanya Zack

082 8400710

tanyazack@icon.co.za