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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, 9 Nov 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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Racism

Season 7 Episode 2

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 7:30pm

 

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“I say to my granddaughters,I don’t think I will love you with a black person in my house.”

“From now to ten years forward,If the government does not change and give equal rights to everyone,there will be war.”

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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Bullying in school

Season 6 Episode 35

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00am

 

A group of leaners from 3 different school in Cape Town are discussing Bullying they find in schools amongst fellow learners and teachers.

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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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Girls Play Rugby

Season 6 Episode 24

Sat, 8 Aug 2015 8:30pm

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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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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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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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The ‘Interrupters’ of gang violence

Season 4 Episode 28

Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:15pm

“The Interruptors” A half-hour Street Talk special on ” Cease Fire ” a unique and incredibly effective crime prevention project in Hanover Park, the murder capital of the Cape Flats. A bunch of seasoned ex-cons, whose criminal past and jail time buys them a great deal of respect in the hood, set out to interrupt the violence before it happens.

With intimate knowledge of every gang member’s affiliation, residence, quirks and habits, the interruptors move in the moment they hear something is ” going down ” and stop the ” high risk” individual before he can pull the trigger or plunge the knife.

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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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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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Gangsterism – Lavender Hill Part 2

Season 4 Episode 8

Fri, 13 Dec 2013 6:45pm

Lavender Hill residents talk about gangsterism within their community.

 

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Gangsterism – Lavender Hill Part 1

Season 4 Episode 7

Wed, 11 Dec 2013 6:45pm

 

Lavender Hill residents talk about gangsterism within their community.

 

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Gangsters of Delft Part 4

Season 3 Episode 35

 

Continuation of episode 32. Young gangsters from Delft.

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Gangsters of Delft Part 3

Season 3 Episode 34

 

Continuation of episode 32. Young gangsters from Delft.

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Gangsters of Delft Part 1

Season 3 Episode 32

 

Two rival youth gangs from Delft, the Italians and the Vatos Locos square off in a riveting and shocking confrontation.

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Gangsters of Delft Part 2

Season 3 Episode 33

 

Two rival youth gangs from Delft, the Italians and the Vatos Locos square off in a riveting and shocking confrontation.

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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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