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Street Talk TV produces 15 minute documentaries which reflect human experience and feelings on the issues and challenges of our time and society which are broadcast on Community Television and DSTV.

Street Talk is an innovative documentary series that present uninhibited conversation between participants in discussion groups in a spontaneous way so that the viewer apperas to sit in an empty chair in the circle, giving a sense of participation and involvement. Discussions are filmed in informal settings (shebeens, shacks, school classrooms, restaurants) which are both accessible to participants and situate the series in community settings. In 2010, Street Talk presented a new format in which the documentaries featured organisations and individuals who have a positive impact on their communities.

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Breaking silence

Season 7 Episode 42

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am, Sat, 11 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

A group of community activist talk about the necessity to break the taboo of silence and talk to the youth about sex, allure and its consequences.

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Giving Back

Season 7 Episode 41

Wed, 1 Mar 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 4 Mar 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

Tshawe Hendricks foundation is a community based organisation which is on a mission of eliminating gang fights in South African Townships.  Established after the passing of a friend in a gang violence related incident. The project was founded in aim of alleviating gangsterism in townships and other respective areas.

Young leaders come together from all walks of life to give back to their community

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The Pollsmoor Sessions Pt.1

Season 7 Episode 17

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

“It’s a black hole. Dark. Cold”

“When we are inside we get enough time to think of the things we’ve done, how we want to change our lives. To find the real you….I found the purpose of my life though correctional service.

South African society is multi-cultured and filled with many different mindsets but if there is one thing we can all agree upon: prison is the last place we want to end up. It is surprising that among these convicted criminals, inspiration can be found. From fraud, robbery and theft, 7 convicts talk about what it’s like to live behind bars, what it takes to be rehabilitated back into society and the blessing in disguise that prison has been for some of them.

 

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Gangs: Playing with Death

Season 7 Episode 12

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 7:30pm

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Regrets of Survival: Finding Opportunity in Elsie’s River

In this episode, we listened to residents of Elsie’s River talk about opportunities they had been deprived of, and the life paths they had chosen as a result. From dreams of becoming a police officer to dreams of being a doctor, we listened to both the regrets and hopes of the residents.

Some quotes from this episode:

“They show the kids guns and teach them how to smuggle- it’s not right”
“There is no money to study further”
“There is no unity”

The Gang Killed My Son

Season 7 Episode 11

Gangsterism is a much discussed topic in South Africa, but although there is much discussion about gangsters, there is little talk about the people who raised them and the tragedies that they have witnessed. Street Talk TV spoke with a few parents of gangsters to find out how they perceived the problem of gangsterism in South Africa and how it could be solved. Many of the parents in this episode had experienced the death of a child due to their child’s involvement with gangs, and were eager to prevent other parents from experiencing the same grief.

 

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Inferior Education post Apartheid

Season 7 Episode 9

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 7:15pm

 

 

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“Why as blacks South Africans,we have to campaign and toyi-toyi all the time in order for us to get justice in this country,in order for us to be equal?.”

“We get to learn in cold classes and one child might say what is the use of  living my warm bed and,it even get’s to a point of children dropping out of school.”

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Gogo Diaries

Season 7 Episode8

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 7:30pm

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“The worst children are the girls,if you can see the girls the way they are drinking.I’ve got only girls and they are all drinking”.

“I see a lot of grannies struggling with grandchildren,that is not fair guys because we are human beings too and we are suppose to rest”

It’s often said that society is measured by how best they treat old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them.Are we cheating our old citizen of the love,security and comfort they deserve?.

Bread For Life

Season 6 Episode 43

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:00am

Masiphumelele

Season 6 Episode 40

Tue, 24 Nov 2015 7:30pm, Sat, 28 Nov 2015 7:30pm

The people of Masiphumelele posess a vibrant spirit despite the debilitating influences of crime, alcoholism, drug abuse and other illness. Closer integration of these people into the relatively affluent local communities will enhance the lives of all in the area.And these resident were discussing issues they face in Masiphumelele.

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Generation For Change Dance

Season 6 Episode 39

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 12:00am

 

The youth of Vryground coming together trying to give back to their community by doing positive things like Dance, learning computer skills at Where Rainbows Meet NGO.

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Safety and Security in Mitchells Plain

Season 6 Episode 30

Thu, 11 May 2017 12:00am

Mitchells Plain is a largely coloured township, 32 km away from the city of Cape Town; the Architecture of Apartheid and one of South Africa’s largest townships. Its residents are plagued by crime, gangsterism and drug addiction. We join 6 Mitchells Plain residents as they share the challenges of their community.

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Heidelberg Residents

Season 6 Episode 19

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00am

 

“This is my town, I was born here and I’m not going anywhere”

“People always say, when you go to Cape Town you have to stay indoors….you can’t even watch a fight….you could get shot just watching”

Heidelberg is a small town located near South Africa’s south coast, about half way between Cape Town and Knysna. We sat down with a few domino playing residents, some who have called Heidelberg home for over 40 years. They share the joys and woes of small town life. Despite the high rate of unemployment, these residents couldn’t see themselves living anywhere else.

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Battered Women’s Rights Ignored

Season 6 Episode 10

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:00pm

 

Klapmuts, a small village between Kraaifontein and Paarl, has experienced an abnormal amount of crime. Most alarming is the amount of violent acts inflicted on the women of Klapmuts. In this episode, 4 brave women share their tragic stories – in the hopes of raising awareness around these disturbing occurrences.

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The Rude Bitches Gang

Season 6 Episode 9

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:00pm

“Here in our area…in Freedom Park you don’t have to be a gangster… you still get shot at…you still get stabbed…you still get hurt”

“They shoot at our children at all hours of the night. And the police are phoned but they never turn up, so we step in and handle things ourselves. We call ourselves Rude Girls”

It’s a hard knock life for the women of the Rude Bitches Gang, the mothers, girlfriends and friends of the Rude Boy Gang. Be a fly on the wall as they describe their lives, managing to be both hilarious and tragic, these are the Rude Bitches of Freedom Park

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Elders Blame Democracy

Season 6 Episode 2

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:00pm

“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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The Watchmen of Gugulethu

Season 5 Episode 49

Tue, 3 Mar 2015 10:00pm

“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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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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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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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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Ottery Youth Centre

Season 5 Episode 25

Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:00pm

“There comes a time where you feel the pressure’s too much…..especially when you’re feeling down…..nothing that you do for them works. Then the one that you least expect it from walks up to you, gives you a hug and tells you; ‘I am willing to change, will you help me?’ It takes you from subzero to rebirth and it’s a lekker feeling”

The dedicated team at the Ottery Youth Care Centre work tirelessly to rehabilitate troubled youths. Most have committed criminal offenses and instead of a prison sentence they are sent to the Ottery Youth Care Centre. The Centre provides rehabilitative care and education to young boys between the ages of 12-18 years who more often that not come from broken homes. The team relates their experiences, their triumphs and tribulations and the passion that motivates them each day.

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Hermanus Retirees

Season 5 Episode 22

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:00pm

“Absolutely the best place to be. Although things have changed so much, it’s still the best place to be”

Life at the Fynbos Park Retirement Village in Hermanus could not be sweeter than for these 5 white retirees. They share experiences of the old South Africa and how the country has changed after 20 years of democracy. They reflect on medical and technological advances, emigration due to the lack of opportunity in South Africa and gangsterism and drugs.

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Antino

Season 5 Episode 6

Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:00pm

Brilliant and charismatic Antino is addicted to tik. Just out of jail for shoplifting to get money for drugs he swears he is going straight and will never touch the stuff again. Sofia, his mom, a teacher, loves him to bits and wants to believe him. Tony, his dad, is skeptical.

A tragic portrait of how tik destroys a family.

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Teenagers Against Drug Abuse (TADA)

Season 4 Episode 37

 

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 5:00pm

 

A group of Teenagers Against Drug Abuse in Pearston, reflecting on the difficulties other teenagers face.

 

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Legalize Marijuana?

Season 4 Episode 29

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00pm

 

Dagga: the most popular drug of our times. Users say it’s harmless and shouldn’t be illegal, the Government says it’s a crime and you go to jail. With the rest of the world gradually de-criminalizing dagga a bunch of pot-heads puff on some lekker weed and riff on the pros and pros of legalizing it!

 

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Ex-cons

Season 4 Episode 26

Fri, 28 Feb 2014 6:45pm

 

Ex-convicts tell us about the perils of doing time, their experiences of reintegrating into society and what the future holds for them.

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Langa High & Swedish Students Part 2

Season 4 Episode 20

Fri, 7 Feb 2014 6:45pm

Observations of South Africa from the Swedish student who visited Langa High School and young South African who are studying at Langa High School.

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Teenagers talking about their parents

Season 4 Episode 13

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 6:45pm

 

 

Teenagers between the ages of 14 and 16 give an insight into the challenges they face being raised in unstable households.

 

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Ladies of Lavender Hill

Season 4 Episode 9

 

Against a backdrop of gang warfare and threats to her own life Lucinda Evans helps women traumatised by domestic violence.

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Hamlet: A Polsmoor Production

Season 3 Episode 37

 

Tauriq Jenkins, director actor and writer directs a production of Hamlet with convicts acting inside Polsmoor prison.

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Tik the devil within

Season 3 Episode 24

 

The Devil Within. A bunch of tik (methamphetamine) smokers light up and tell how the drug has affected their lives.

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Alcohol Abuse

Season 2 Episode 38

 

The curse of alcohol abuse among the youth in the townships.

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Shack Life

Season 2 Episode 34

 

A group of young township men tell how meditation has helped them cope with the challenges of their everyday lives.

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Gangsters Against Crime

Season 1 Episode 50

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 7:00pm

GuA group of ex gangsgters from Gugs have formed an NGO called Gangsters Against Crime (GAC ) and and are trying to stop gang warfare amongst the youth in their neighbourhood

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Tik

Season 1 Episode 46

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 7:30pm

(continuation of 42). The cast of the play tell how Tik has destroyed their communities.

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Drugs

Season 1 Episode 40

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 7:00pm

“Living in a township, its very horrible, its terrible….you engage in a lot of things….street fights, drugs, alcohol….caused by peer pressure….depends on family background….no one’s around to say hey don’t do it”

Don’t miss this heated conversation about township life where many youths are raised in an environment poised for substance abuse. They raise crucial questions about the effectiveness of support systems meant to eradicate the issue of drug addiction but that neglect to address the broader societal issues.

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Kalk Bay Fisherman

Season 1 Episode 35

Fri, 1 Aug 2014 7:30pm

“Its not an easy life on Kalk Bay harbour”

“….as a fisher wife….if you think about it, its actually quite scary cause you don’t know whether he’s coming back or not. And what do they come back with? Measly earnings, that will probably last for the week….the government should give the quotas to the people that need it…not people sitting in offices”

With new laws and restrictions in place, Cape Fishermen are finding it harder and harder to make a living, struggling to make due with measly earnings. At the Kalk Bay Harbour, fishermen tell of the personal impact government imposed fishing quotas have had on their families and economic standing.

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Unemployment, Drugs, and Alcohol Abuse

Season 1 Episode 31

Mon, 7 Jul 2014 7:30pm

“I didn’t really care what I looked like, I didn’t really care what people thought of me, I didn’t care about a lot of things….being drunk every single day was the normal thing for me…..I knew I had a family that cared about me and that didn’t even interest me”

“I asked myself, ‘who are you?’…looking and seeing a reflection of myself, not recognising the person I saw and also realising that everything I could have been…there was nobody else that I could blame, it was all my own doing….”

An eye-opening episode, two former vagrants describe their descent into various vices, including alcohol and drug abuse. They speak honestly about the choices that led them to a life on the streets and the moments of realisation that led them to change their lives for the better. Inspirational.

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Atlantis

Season 1 Episode 28

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 7:30pm

Community workers in Atlantis tell how the breakdown of the family structure has led to rampant drug use and gangsterism.

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Life after Addiction

Season 1 Episode 16

Thu, 6 Feb 2014 5:00pm

“You’re like a slave but you don’t know it”

“…I woke up, I was full of blood……and I thought no man, I don’t want to live like this”

Drug addiction plagues our communities, but addiction is merely a symptom of greater social ills. Wayne, Alston and Craig got caught up in Cape Town’s gang and drug culture at an early age. They discuss their struggle to lead normal lives after years of addiction, gang activity and various stints in prison.They describe the moments which led them to sobriety.

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Old aged

Season 1 Episode 14

 

It’s not easy being old in Dunoon. These old timers recount tales of living in fear of rape, robbery and violence. What makes it particularly horrible is that they are often victims of their own relatives. Vulnerable and lonely they paint a tragic picture of growing old.

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The Cape Flats

Season 1 Episode 6

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 5:00pm

Four Capetonians speak about being coloured in a changing South Africa, community struggles with drugs, crime, prostitution and the racial tensions between the black and coloured communities of Cape Town.

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