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Street Talk is the groundbreaking South African television series encouraging citizens to debate, discuss and express their views. From grassroots to the establishment, our engaging programmes expose the lived realities and uncensored views and solutions of ordinary South Africans.

Because we believe that South Africans are more alike than they think, we have committed to breaking down barriers born out of our past and present circumstances. The Street Talk methodology utilizes the dynamic of conversation, facilitating exciting, informative and sometimes controversial dialogue.

Each week, we air hard-hitting and inspiring stories that inform, educate and motivate our growing audience. We encourage active citizenship for a better South Africa.

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Pressing Reset

New Start   “In life, there are no true beginnings or endings. Events flow into each other, and the more you try to isolate them in a container, the more they spill over….the things we label ‘beginnings’ and ‘endings’ are often, in reality, indistinguishable. They are on...

New in November

From Hair to Hip Hop – South Africans are Talking “Democracy must be built through open societ...

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...

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CTV

(DSTV Channel 263)

Elders Blame Democracy

Season 6 Episode 2

Wed, 4 Feb 2015 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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Living Positive: HIV Support Group

Season 6 Episode 1

Mon, 2 Feb 2015 7:30pm

“Accepting your status isn’t easy”

“….it got me down for a while because I couldn’t understand at that time. I did not know where to go, what to do, but when I realised there is a support group for people like me I joined the support group”

Along with the ill health and the threat of a fast approaching death, the HIV virus also comes with stigma and shame. Six South Africans living with the disease talk about the support, love and upliftment they find in their HIV support group.

 

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Tik, The Devil Within: 3 years Later

Season 5 Episode 43

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:00pm, Sat, 31 Jan 2015 7:30pm

“I did many things, some I cannot mention. I was the devil himself…in human flesh”
“Smoke, I do smoke. I can’t live without Tik, I can’t. I can try, but I can’t”

Crystal, chalk, meth, ice; originally given to suicide bombers during World War II, methamphetamine – commonly known as tik on the Cape Flats – has literally created hell on earth. Three years ago, we filmed a group of men from Delft, Cape Town. All heavily addicted to the drug, they described horror stories of how far they went in order to score their next hit. Today, Ashley, Martin, Mkhulu and Guston are changed men. Half still smoke tik, believing the drug helps them master their demons, while the other half use alcohol as a substitute.

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Bay TV

(DSTV Channel 260)

Teenagers on the ultimate Taboo

Season 5 Episode 47

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:00pm

Our society is saturated with sex; we’re downright obsessed. From the advertisements that we see, to the music we listen to, its always ever present and yet open discussion is practically forbidden or left to more ‘rebellious’ spaces. In Teenagers on the ultimate Taboo, teens from Gugs talk about their take on the subject.

 

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My Hair. My Roots?

Season 5 Episode 46

Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:00pm

“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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An Outsider’s Perspective

Season 5 Episode 45

Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:00pm

“A lot of the people around me were very ignorant on what Africa really is, I think they just bunched it up [as if it were] one place and doesn’t have 50 odd some countries in it”

“I do find English isn’t the major language…and its does create a bit of a barrier, but not a barrier that would put you off coming here”

It’s all about perspective! Xenobia, Elena, Renee, Richard and Ro, five students from the US and UK talk about their experience in South Africa. They muse on the nuances that often go unnoticed, concealed by everyday life. They touch on race relations, social norms and language barriers they’ve observed from their outsider’s perspective.

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Farm Workers Fight

Season 5 Episode 44

Tue, 3 Feb 2015 10:00pm

“The main reason we started the strike it was because at that stage it was very, very, very difficult living on the farms, struggling on the farms with a R69…..R69 means living from hand to mouth. We couldn’t eat proper, we couldn’t even send our children to school proper”

Two years ago the farmlands of the Western Cape were hit by a series of strikes. Farm workers demanded a pay increase; from a laughable R69 a day to the more reasonable – but still absurd – R100 a day. The strike was led by five female farm workers from De Doorns; a small town in the Cape Winelands District. Dubbed ‘The Big Five’, these lionhearted women talk about their struggle to secure a liveable wage and better working conditions for themselves and their co-workers.

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1 KZN TV

(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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