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From Hair to Hip Hop – South Africans are Talking “Democracy must be built through open societies that share information. When there is information, there is enlightenment. When there is debate, there are solutions”  – Atifete Jahjaga At Street Talk, we believe in debate, enlightenment a...

Launching Sex

Promoting Empowering Choices Changing perceptions, breaking communication barriers and promoting und...

Gogos’ Day Out

“It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one g...

Conversations in August

Updating We’re in our 5th season and after more than 200 episodes it would seem that we’d eventually...

The Botswana Episodes

Changing Minds This past June, in collaboration with our partners STEPS, we travelled to our neighbo...

Street Talk in July

We’ve Been Talking During Mandela month we’ve been travelling all around Cape Town to talk wit...

Team Pride

Toward A Dream “To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan...

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CTV

(DSTV Channel 263)

And You Don’t Stop: Hip Hop in SA

Season 6 Episode 3

Wed, 31 Dec 2014 7:30pm

“I got into Hip Hop because it was revolution…something that could feed and fuel my anger….I could dance on the dance floor, sweat it out, leave it all there, then I could deal with life again”

“A lot of MCs you hear them, “We all can blow up”. No you can’t, not in a Capitalist system. The Capitalist agenda is always to choose a few to represent their agendas….unless you create an alternative, you figure out your own way to tour the world, to create income for yourself and there’s a limited amount of income especially here in Cape Town”

Hip Hop music originated in the 1970s, in the streets of The Bronx, New York; providing a much needed voice and platform for disenfranchised youth. Today, Hip Hop dons a new guise; devoid of its original ideals and corrupted by the capitalist society which it now speaks from. We asked South African Hip Hop artists, both seasoned and budding, to talk about what Hip Hop means in a South African context. Featuring Emile YX?, Metabolism, Sibanac, Miss Celaneous and Andy Mkosi.

 

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Elders Blame Democracy

Season 6 Episode 2

Mon, 29 Dec 2014 7:30pm

“In the Apartheid days, we knew our rules. We knew where we couldn’t go but I’m telling you, those were the best years. I wish that could come back”

“….it was better days, we weren’t scared”

The more things change, as they say, the more they stay the same. Not for these older persons from Parkwood Estate. They reminisce on the ‘good’ bad old days and concur that despite the great oppression suffered during the Apartheid era, times were better. One of the most absurd conclusions but can it be justified?

 

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Metro Rail or Metro Fail?

Season 5 Episode 52

Mon, 22 Dec 2014 7:30pm

Everyday, Metrorail transports up to 2 million passengers – with ticket prices ranging from R7.00 – R9.00 for a single ride, one can only imagine the profits made, but why such poor service? Metrorail has become infamous with overcrowding, unsafe and possibly life threatening conditions. In this episode, the Public Transport Voice, a group campaigning for major improvement for all Metrorail passengers, discuss the poor conditions and their strategy on how to bring about change.

 

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Mechanisms of the Mind: Destigmatizing Mental Illness

Season 5 Episode 51

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 7:30pm

“A mental health problem is like any other problem, it can be overcome….with reaching out to others, with growing in self confidence and self-esteem, but generally people are very ignorant”

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Freedom from Violence: A possibility?

Season 5 Episode 50

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 7:30pm

UNA-SA is a non-governmental organisation whose objective is to support the principles, goals and programmes of the United Nations (UN). Working in partnership with other organisations to promote peace and harmony, as well as economic, social and cultural progress in South Africa. We filmed members from the organisation as they spoke about their Freedom from Violence Project.

 

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The Watchmen of Gugulethu

Season 5 Episode 49

Sat, 20 Dec 2014 7:30pm

“The fact that we are in close proximity to the mall and we have several schools that are situated within the area….it attracts all sorts of criminals to this area, so it was very important for us to start doing something….”

“There are no hidden agendas, we don’t want rewards for what we’re doing. We’re doing this because we are concerned about our community”

A group of men from Gugulethu were tired of the ceaseless theft, violence and crime in their neighbourhood, so they decided to take action, forming a neighbourhood watch group called the Khanya Safety Patrol. Each night they put their lives on the line, patrolling the streets of Gugulethu, ensuring the safety of their community members. Their motivation: seeing their community grow from a township to a thriving suburb.

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Albinism in South Africa

Season 5 Episode 48

Sat, 13 Dec 2014 7:30pm

Albinism, a congenital disorder characterised by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. But much more than what the physical definition of the condition can relay is the lived experience; characterised by extreme discrimination and alienation. A group of people living with the condition of Albinism talk about how a simple lack of pigment has come to define their position in a racially obsessed society.

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My Hair. My Roots?

Season 5 Episode 46

Sat, 27 Dec 2014 7:30pm

“I stopped weaving my hair, I stopped getting extension and all those things because I didn’t identify with it…. I realise weren’t actually good for more or good for my hair…..I’m all about embracing people, if its what makes you feel beautiful then… ”

Few things can define, characterise and make a statement like hair. Far removed from the eye of the beholder, beauty standards seem to come in a predetermined, neatly packaged box that is neither challenged nor questioned. In our multi-racial society, there is yet another layer to consider: the politics of hair. In this episode, a group of South African women explore the diversity of hair as an identity marker. They ponder on whether hair is a reflection of who you are or simply a matter of personal style.

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Bay TV

(DSTV Channel 260)

Constitution Under Fire

Season 5 Episode 41

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:00pm

“Corruption started the day after van Riebeeck arrived, and Cecil Rhodes only carried it further. So we have a whole legacy of corruption, in the white era as well as the post-Apartheid era”

“….the ordinary person can engage in a political forum, and for me that’s what we are lacking; the active citizen in our democracy”

Corruption, The Constitution of South Africa, the Secrecy Bill and accountability within Government; just a few of the topics of conversation our participants touched on in Constitution Under Fire. Featuring Cape Talk’s Africa Melane and anti-arms deal campaigner, Terry Crawford-Browne.

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Indlu Yengwevu

Season 5 Episode 40

Tue, 20 Jan 2015 10:00pm

“The Constitution of South Africa we haven’t got any input there…the Constitution has been drafted by the experts…they make the Constitution on behalf of finance and industry…they don’t care about the growth of our children, they don’t care about our cultures. Everything has been destroyed….we are trying our best but there’s nothing”

In our modern times, the elderly are ill regarded. Their wisdom goes unheeded and the lessons they have learned have no special place in our fast paced existence. In this episode, a few older persons from Harare share their wealth of knowledge on how to improve South Africa.

 

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Laphumilanga Empilisweni Care Centre

Season 5 Episode 39

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:00pm

In Mfuleni, Mama Letitia runs the Laphumlanga Empilisweni Care Centre. Without any government assistance, the centre serves as a crèche, an arts and crafts centre, library, shelter for the disabled, soup kitchen, orphanage and even a vegetable garden. The shelter is home to almost 100 people both young and old, is run by 24 staff members. In this episode, Mama Letitia and her staff share the challenges and triumphs of running this amazing centre.

 

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The Rosa Choir Project

Season 5 Episode 38

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:00pm

“It’s all these languages being brought together and the history with it…we’re learning just through singing…it breaks down tremendous barriers”

A famous musician once said,  “Music can change the world because it can change people.” In Cape Town, people are notoriously divided; economically, geographically and culturally. The most shocking aspect is how normal this all seems to its natives.  The Rosa Choir Project aims to change this insane normality with the power of music.

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Single Mothers Hout Bay

Season 5 Episode 37

Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:00pm

“The mothers must do all the raising up alone no fathers….they are absent….if the fathers are around than [drugs] won’t be a problem”

“We cant give up now….we must continue and just be there for them all the time because they look up to us”

In Hout Bay, single mothers share their struggles with raising their children in a poisonous environment where drug addiction is seen as an inescapable part of daily life. They share their battle to turn their fatherless sons to men.

 

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Masculinity and Femininity in the 21st Century

Season 5 Episode 36

Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:00pm

“Being told you have to man up…be stronger, be harder, don’t cry…that’s very damaging to men”

“It’s a very privileged kind of mind set [to say] I don’t see race, I don’t see gender but when its such a significant part of your existence…just taking public transport and having to deal with street harassment. I’d love be to be able to exist in a world where its irrelevant that I’m a woman but that plays a significant part when I’m walking down the street by myself and I get cat called and intimidated or followed…definitely my gender plays a part in that”

We asked a group of South Africans from varied backgrounds to explore what gender means in the 21st Century. They cover the difference between sex and gender. Touching on gender assigned roles, identity politics, sexual identity and how a revolution is required in order to change deeply entrenched views about gender.

 

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Fishermen

Season 5 Episode 34

Tue, 30 Dec 2014 10:00pm

“…we saw this article in the newspaper about corruption in the Fishing industry, it’s a worrying aspect….in the early days when you started fishing…politicians all took fishing rights for themselves, and I don’t think much has changed”

Cape Town is synonymous for many things but none more so than for our thriving fishing industry. Four seasoned Capetonian fishermen share their stories of brushes with death, old and new government regulations while reminiscing on the days when the ocean teemed with fish.

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Botswana Youth Part 2

Season 5 Episode 33

Thu, 25 Dec 2014 10:00pm

“In that bedroom….you forget that there’s real life…you forget there’s AIDS, you forget STIs, you forget everything”

“….falling in love for the wrong reasons, just because that person is giving you all that you want and the one that you love is not giving you everything that you want and then that same person who was giving you everything that you ever wanted will end up doing what….passion killing”

In Botswana Youth Part 2, the group talk about Passion Killings; a distressing development in Botswana where women are murdered at the hands of their partners. They also compare notes on sex education – agreeing that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure but often reality proves it easier said than done.

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Botswana Legabibo Part 2

Season 5 Episode 32

Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:00pm

“I don’t think the issue of leaving our parents dreams is unique to the gay community, I think its generally a problem….but its gets more problematic within gay communities”

“…gay is my orientation and not my identity…I’m a lot of other things more than just gay….people will like you and some won’t, people will accept you, some won’t…but the most important thing is realising being gay is just one of those things…there’s more to life than being gay”

In part two of Botswana Legabibo, the group go into just how complicated family dynamics can become when disclosing your sexual orientation. They also delve into issues of identity; asking, ‘Does being gay make you a second rate citizen? They conclude that sexual orientation is but one aspect in an entire spectrum that comprises the individual.

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Its Better to Have Loved….

Season 5 Episode 31

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:00pm

“The first time you see that person with someone else, I think it’s worse than being dumped….after you guys break up, he leaves, you leave…its that event that you’re thinking [about] in your mind, ‘Gosh, the first time I see him with a girl, how am I going to feel?’”

Is love really a many-splendored thing or just a huge blunder? Six brave individuals open up about their most tragic, heartbreaking and hilarious tales of love. They share the all too familiar experiences of playing both the dumper and the dumped. Begging the question: Is it really better to have loved?

 

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(DSTV Channel 261)

Sex Talk – Coming soon

Sex Talk

 

Sex Talk our new studio based series coming soon …

A fun, frank and entertaining weekly television talk show, hosted by Kgomotso Matsunyane, will give South Africans from all walks of life the opportunity to talk about sex and sexuality.

By lifting the veil of secrecy that surrounds the subject of sex we help individuals feel more comfortable with sex and their sexuality, promoting empowering choices, and we help communities deal with the complex social issues surrounding sexual abuse. Sex education campaigns are almost entirely focused on the prevention of disease or pregnancy. Sex talk, on the other hand, offers a positive and empowering context to sex and sexuality through very real and candid conversations with people from all walks of life. Talking about sex in a real and candid way has become vital to changing this reality. That’s why sex talk is so important for South Africa. And we invite you to help us get the conversation going.

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