Thrifters, hustlers, DJ’s, designers or creatives? Many
words describe Andile (22), Mwandile (21), Sindiso (24),
Bobo (23) and Bino (22), but they will always call
themselves Broke Boys. Each individual born into
divided homes around the country, they found
brotherhood, security and unconditional love amongst
each other. Living together in Cape Town’s suburb Blue
Downs, every aspect of their lives are intertwined.
Lacking a traditional house-hold with parents from a
young age, everything is shared. Two beds and one couch
for five guys, a communal laptop, wardrobe and fridge.
Pino has been blessed with cooking skills, Carl does the
dishes, Andile does the groceries and Sindiso plays the
newest tracks. If one can’t make it to his job, someone
will cover for him. And like in every house-hold, the boys
fight from time to time.
We wake up together for an early sunrise, blasting tunes
during breakfast. We commute to the City Bowl clothing
market to thrift the dopest items. We eat a Gatsby at the
local diner and watch the sunset at our favourite spot.
This story follows the life of the Broke Boys, lives
defined by struggle, but more by togetherness than
Styled by Suze Kuit
Broke boys & co-creators:
Andile Dlamini, Mzwandile Sithole, Sinidiso Tshuma, Simbongile Ntaka & Siyabonga Cole Lukhele