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'.
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 .
"Zack seems to carry with her an empathy that I personally think is lacking in many journalists, tourists and all others that find themselves drawn to this world that can only be described as ‘other’."
The pair behind Wake Up, This is Joburg discuss thei remarkable series of stories.
Tanya Zack provides some background to the launch of her latest book in the series, ‘Wake up, This is Joburg.’ This book looks at recyclers in the city, with photography by Mark Lewis.
in Mean Streets: Migration, Xenophobia and Informality in South Africa. Edited by Crush, J; Chikanda, A; and Skinner, C. SAMP, ACC and IDRC.Zack, T
in African and Black Diaspora: An International JournalZack, T and Estifanos, Y S
Urban Forum, DOI 10.1007/s12132-014-9245-1, Netherlands: SpringerZack, T
in Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after apartheid, Harrison, Gotz, Todes, and Wray (eds), Wits University PressHarrison, P and Zack, T
in Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after apartheid Harrison, Gotz, Todes, and Wray (eds), Wits University PressJudin, H, Roux, N and Zack, T
South African Geographical Journal, DOI: 10.1080/03736245.2014.924863Harrison, P and Zack, T
for Metropolis working meetingTanya Zack with Eduardo Cachucho
in Pieterse (E) and Simone (A) 2013: Rogue Urbanism: Emergent African Cities, Jacana Media, South AfricaZack, T
Journal of Contemporary African Studies, Volume 30, Issue 4, 2012, Special Issue: Mining & Urbanisation in Africa: Population, Settlement and WelfareHarrison, P and Zack, T
Eicker (curator), Poulsen and Silverman (eds), published by Architects CollectiveZack, T and Charlton, S
Co-authorSilverman, M, Kihato, M and Zack, T
Co-author, Mid term report, September 2008, published by City of JohannesburgSilverman, M and Zack, T
in Go Home or Die Here, edited by Hassim, Kupe and Worby, Wits University PressSilverman, M and Zack, T
in Planning Theory and Practice (Interface) Vol 8 Issue 3 September 2007, RoutledgeZack, T with Baskin, J
in Town and Regional Planning, Vol 54 (May 2009), published by University of Free StateRust, K; Zack, T; Napier, M
STE Publishers, JohannesburgIrurah, D.K., Bannister, S., Silverman, M. and Zack, T.
PhD Thesis [Unpublished]: Department of Town and Regional Planning, University of the WitwatersrandZack, T