Street Talk Film Series

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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Black kids in private schools

Season 8 Episode 16

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 16 Sep 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm


Mothers of black kids at private schools discuss the pros and cons of the education their children are getting. Is there sufficient attempt to incorporate black culture ? Does sex education at school mean that parents don’t have to talk about it at home ? Does sparing the rod spoil the child?

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Where are we Going?

Season 8 Episode 5

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 24 Jun 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

Corruption, the cabinet reshuffle and ailing economy, racism and how the government controls the media . High school students talk about the future of South Africa.

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Season 8 Episode 2

Wed, 31 May 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 3 Jun 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

The people of Masiphumelele raises their frustrations of unemployment, overpopulation, safety of children in the streets, the lack of Art and cultures facilities and sport recreation centres. They gather together voicing their struggles on daily basis and their wish for Masiphumelele.

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Season 7 Episode 52

Wed, 17 May 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 20 May 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

School bullying is a type of bullying that occurs either inside or outside of school. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or emotional and is usually repeated over a period of time.
In schools, bullying occurs in all areas. It can occur in nearly any part in or around the school building, though it more often occurs during school breaks, in hallways, bathrooms, on school buses and waiting for buses, classes that require group work and/or after school activities.

Bullying in school sometimes consists of a group of learners taking advantage of or isolating one learner in particular and gaining the loyalty of bystanders who want to avoid becoming the next victim.

Young school students from different backgrounds gather together to share their personal experiences of being bullied in and outside school premises.

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Children of the street

By Laura Delbrassinne

We meet them every day, but we do not pay special attention. They are for the most part very young, looking a little haggard, the look lost in the void. Often they run after us for a piece or a coca-cola. We think that this is normal, that they are children of the street and so much the worse for that. We hear some people say that “in any case, we can not save the whole earth” and “that it is a very sad situation”.
We do not worry especially for them because they know the street. They know how to get by.
They are mostly between 10 and 15 years old, but some are barely 4 or 5 years old. They have no family, no house, and scarcely enough food. They live alone, sometimes in a band, knowing very well that their father or mother is no longer there to woo them.

Theirs education? They get it themselves, over time, despite the risks. They know that at least the street speaks to them and listens to them. Traumatises, theirs only way out is to trust God. Only God has a lot of work and does not seem to pay much attention to those many children who run the streets in South Africa. The majority of them are orphans because of a devastating disease: AIDS, which today affects more than 30% of the South African national population.
The number of people with this disease is increasing every day and as a result, the number of orphans is also growing. Most of the time, the rest of the family can’t afford to continue to care and protect these children. They find themselves therefore books to themselves, with in their hands a future more than uncertain.
But what we see in their eyes when we meet their gaze is only a small glimpse of the suffering they suffer every day because of this sad reality. These orphans have considerable problems with their situation. The malnutrition they face is causing terrible delays in both physical and psychological growth.
These children suffer terrible trauma because they are often excluded from the community and even from health centers. Sex education in school is so weak that some still think that if only one person is sick of AIDS in a family, then everyone is contaminated. An absurd and totally false idea.

In addition, it is estimated that today, 29% of orphaned children have economic accreditation to survive. In the worst case, some prostitute at just 15 years for less than 7 dollars. These children have unprotected sex about 3 or 4 times a day.

This terrible situation is also a factor in the growth of AIDS in South Africa.

For these orphans, it is often easier to live on the streets rather than having to live in a host family or most of the time they receive neither attention nor affection.

And we know it very well, so that a child grows up and flourishes, he needs all possible love and a daily listening.

These orphans feel discriminated and different from other children because they do not have access to school. This has an enormous impact on their relations with the outside world. Faced with this extremely sensitive and catastrophic situation, these children react in different ways. One can see distress running through their extinct eyes, tired by a life already too difficult for such a young child.

They rarely talk about their situation. Fear, shame, deny … They think they are abnormal because they grow up alone. Some of them fall into alcohol, drugs, depression or aggression.


But if they are afraid to talk about it, it’s up to us to do it. It is up to us to sensitize the whole of South Africa so that in future years, the next generations do not know the same fate. If we talk about it, we will change things. It is still possible to improve the situation of these children. But to do this, we must first believe in it, stand up and fight together so that the street ceases to take charge of these thousands of little ones.

South Africa is growing every day a little more, leaving a whole generation of children in front of the firm doors of a stable and constructive future. It is urgent for the future of the country that things change, that the government should take responsibility for the education and protection of children. Every child who comes into the world must be able to enjoy the same opportunities as others.
It is not normal that thousands of children are running the streets in search of a better future.

To change the situation, immediate support is needed for families and local communities to ensure the health and safety of all these orphans. Provide these children with free basic education, giving them the opportunity to earn a living in a sustainable and safe way. There is a need for sex education in every school so that young people and adults understand the issues and especially the risks and dangers of AIDS. School is terribly important for every child. It should not be seen as a privilege, but as a common right for everyone.

South Africa has a wonderful new generation of children that it has to protect. For a better future, it is urgent that the country listen more attentively to the dreams and desires of each child so that they can in turn take care of their native land.

We tried to make a video report about the terrible situation of the orphan children but unfortunately they denied our request.

Zuma Phantsi!

Season 7 Episode 47

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 15 Jul 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

Thousands of people gear up to take to the streets across to voice their discontent about government and to call for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

A group of 6 protesters voice out why they were marching on Parliament on friday.

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Fire next time

Season 7 Episode 46

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 8 Apr 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

More than 200 people are without shelter after several informal structures in Mandela Park at Hout Bay were destroyed by fire. Residents gather together to talk about how the government is failing to provide necessary help regarding the fire incidents and the governments lack of communication with the people.

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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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Youth, Activating for Change Part 3

Season 7 Episode 39

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 18 Feb 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

“The reason we don’t feel a sense of belonging is because we don’t understand ourselves first. ” Zilungile Zimela. You can’t build a society purely on interests, you need a sense of belonging.

This is a time for bold measures. This is the country, and the youth is the generation.

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Youth, Activating for Change Part 2

Season 7 Episode 38

Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies.

It is the young peoples duty to go back to the communities try to equip were they can, and not waiting for the government to do something. “People who are subject to do something are not doing anything about it” Zilungile Zimela. The is a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that they may be directed their power toward good ends.

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Kwanele- (enough is enough) Part 2

Season 7 Episode 32

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 10 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

In the outskirts of Cape Town, residents of Langa township are faced with detrimental living environments. Faulty electrical wires hang from makeshift homes made of Coca Cola emblazoned tin sheets and flammable tarps. Multiple families share a single faulty toilet while runoff from wetland marshes containing trash and unwanted substances filter through the streets. The same streets where children run unsupervised and barefoot, playing with discarded bits of Styrofoam and kicking wads of plastic wrap through smoking traffic.

When the Street Talk team last visited Langa, we passed men and women dressed in contrasting outfits of faded and bold colours. They primarily stood motionless in doorways on every corner perhaps rendered immobile by the stagnancy of their living conditions.

This is not a new reality. In fact, such dilapidated and haphazard homes have plagued Cape Town land since the construction of townships during South Africa’s apartheid adoption in 1948.  Ringing a “white-only” city center, townships were erected skilfully to pen black and coloured workers in distinct regions surrounded by highways and railways to dishearten the masses into a submissive chronic poverty.

Despite the abolishment of apartheid in 1994, relatively nothing has changed for the communities except a recent surge of outrage from township inhabitants, a few failed housing developments and many unkept promises.

In this episode, we revisit the topic of Langa Housing and hear from new voices and opinions in the community.

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Zuma, Yes or No?

Season 7 Episode 29

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 3 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

On 26 November Street Talk asked locals on Long Street to talk about their opinions on Zuma and the current state of his presidency. Should he Stay or Go?

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Brothers for all

Season 7 Episode 28

An ex-convict, former high-ranking 26 gang member creates hope for the people. “Its all about teaching people how to dream different dreams about themselves. Not only seeing township people as tradesmen.”

Sihle Tshabalala spent 11 years of his life in prison. When he came out of prison 3 years ago he realised that Langa the nearest  township to Cape Town’s CBD is still undeveloped. The unemployment rate of this township exceeds over 50% , 60% of the people don’t have matric, 80% of the households don’t have computers. “If government is only designing programmes that are only focused on people with matric that means its targeting only 30% or less.” Sihle takes initiative and creates hope for the community  by starting a Non Profit Organisation “Brothers for all” that teaches from high school drop outs to teenage mom’s, unemployed youth and ex- offenders how to do computer programming, coding, graphic design, entrepreneurship and digital marketing.

“You don’t need to be quiet when things are not going good in your community. Stand up and do something about it.”

Be the change you want to see.

“Our time will pass as for our parents, what type of legacy are we leaving behind for the new generation?”

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Kwanele – broken promises

Season 7 Episode 26

“We marched to the city of Cape Town to submit our grievances to the mayor. We met other government officials and we explained out problems. We were told that the mayor was not available and we could not be answered. We were informed that the mayor was aware of our visit but we never got her. I wonder when we get robbed by government officials what else we can do. We are not just protesting for nothing but to give a voice to our real grievances but they run away. ” “We want them to visit our streets and see that we are human beings like them.”


In the outskirts of Cape Town, residents of townships like Langa are faced with detrimental living environments. Faulty electrical wires hang from makeshift homes, neighborhoods share a single toilet while runoff from wetland marshes containing trash and unwanted substances filter through the streets.
This is not a new reality. In fact, such dilapidated and haphazard conditions have plagued Cape Town land since the construction of townships during South Africa’s apartheid adoption in 1948.  Ringing a “white-only” city center, townships were erected skillfully to pen black and colored workers in distinct regions surrounded by highways and railways to dishearten the masses into a submissive chronic poverty.

In this episode, we hear from citizens of Langa as they share the backstory behind their appeal against inadequate housing to Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and the difficulties facing their daily lives.

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Season 7 Episode 23

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 7:30am 7:30 am, Sun, 16 Oct 2016 7:30am 7:30 am

“I am a very very very hurt black person by this institution. I came to UCT in 2012, almost 5 years, and nothing has changed in this university despite the demands of Rhodes Must Fall up until today. Nothing has changed. Even me, sitting like this and talking to you, I might get suspended again by the university. So black pain, that’s my reason for being here.” -Lindiwe Dlamini

On Wednesday, October 5th hundreds of students, university workers and emphatic supporters of the #FeesMustFall2016 movement gathered on the University of Cape Town campus in a vibrantly cohesive, buzzing collective of individuals demonstrating their need for fundamental policy changes. This is is a conversation between six of the protesters present at the demonstration.

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SABC’s Good news

Season7 Episode 15

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 7:15pm 7:15 pm

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“We are sitting in an industry which is under enormous amount of threat in terms of finances,our board rooms essentially determine what editorial decisions we need to make,which is unfortunate.”

“Experienced journalist are living the newsroom rather juniorised,therefore those young junior reporters are easily manipulated one way or another.”

“My dream is to live in a country where the government thinks twice or thrice before taking any decision that will hurt the people.”

In this episode, local news professionals share their viewpoints on the current state of South African journalism, bias and manipulation in newsrooms, the failure of the media to adequately report on every day affairs and a need for credible information sources.

No News is Good News!!

Season7 Episode 14

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

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“The role of a public broadcaster in a democracy is a critical one. The SABC at the moment has the ability to undermine the strength of our democracy.”

On July 1st, 2016 the public and journalists protested against the censoring of news on the public broadcaster, SABC. In this episode, we asked protestors on the street to share their opinions with us. In addition, we continue our conversation with the individuals from Season 7 Episode 13 “Why Vote?” to discuss censorship.


Why Vote?

Season 7 Episode 13

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 7:15pm 7:15 pm

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“There are more negative things we face as young people here in South Africa than the positive”

“I would rather sell my soul to the devil than to vote for ANC”

“I have never voted, I see no reason in voting. For me, voting it’s as if I unconsciously take away my own power and give it to some man or some woman to abuse it.”

Four individuals discuss political division, frustration with government corruption and the importance of finding your voice without casting a vote. They reveal that they feel neither the younger nor the elder generation is reflected in South Africa’s current political landscape. 

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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Brothers for All

Season 7 Episode 10


Fri, 6 Jan 2017 7:30pm

In this episode, ex-offenders discuss their work with the organization “Brothers For All” where they mentor at risk youth to keep them out of prison. They teach high school dropouts, teenage mothers, unemployed youth and ex- offenders how to do computer programming, coding, graphic design, entrepreneurship and digital marketing. We hear about life before, during and after prison and why they are motivated to help others.

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?.

Born frees

Season 7 Episode 6

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 7:15pm

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“We are not equal as born frees, because you check at Model C schools they are more advanced, we are not the same as learners.”

“It’s a very difficult situation where we grow up in the township, but they insist not help our schools with maybe sponsor because they have been through what we have been through”

Do you think Born frees are Free?  or they  are exposed to their own challenges. Share your views.

In quest for Land

Season 7 Episode 5

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 7:15pm


Brutality towards Rastas

Season 7 Episode 3

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 7:15pm


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As rastafari we are made scapegoats for the problems that exists within society,whereas our way of life is the solution to the problems.”

“As rastafari are not apologetic about who we are, in fact we are rejecting babylonian ways and adopting ancient simplistic ways.We are targeted because of that.”


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.”

UCT on Fire

Season 6 Episode 52

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00am

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UCT students tell of their struggles and the measures they have to take to get their demands met by the UCT management and by the government.

Baphumelele Children’s Home

Season 6 Episode 51

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:00am


For some having a shelter over their heads is just a luxury and having parents or family is just a norm. That is not the case with many young and fragile lives at Baphumelele Children’s Home in Khayelistha. Founded by Mama Rosie whose motherly instinct kicked in when she saw young children from her area roaming the streets and no one tending to their needs while their parents were working.

Little did Rosie know that she will be opening her small house to a pool of vulnerable children,swapping her children’s comfortable space and making room for the newly found members who were abandoned either on the cold on her door step.

ArtsCape Outreach 2016

Season 6 Episode 50


To try and borrow from how John Lennon saw an artist’s role in society: is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.

This was the aim and successfully executed plan for Artscape team when they organised an outreach programme for art barrel community with limited opportunities.

They woke up a sleeping town and not only brought life with their art but breathed life into that community.

State of the Nation

Season 6 Episode 48

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:00am


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Bringing Change

Season 6 Episode 49

Tue,16 Feb 2016 7:30pm



We all have an idea of the kind of society we deserve to live in .The kind of country we possibly deserve to be citizens of!,but not all of have that much courage to share with the world of what is it we need to do,have or where we need to be in order to be citizens in that preferred country.

While others speak from an outside position looking,this group of activists from Khayelitsha are not shy to dish away recommendations of how best do they think that as Society we can remedy our political landscape not miraculously of cause by actively bringing the change we yearn for as stakeholders in our societies,possibly communities and of course the world.

Espinaca Spinach Bread

Season 6 Episode 44

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:00am

Young entrepreneur trying to encourage people to eat nutritious food.

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Safe Sex

Season 6 Episode 45

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 7:00pm, Sat, 23 Jul 2016 7:00pm

Teenage girls talk about their sex life and how to prevent Hiv/Aids

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Bread For Life

Season 6 Episode 43

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:00am


Season 6 Episode 42

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 12:00am

Seven participants they are telling us about their first time in menstruation in a group discussion and how was their reaction on that.

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Artscape Outreach in Worcester

Season 6 Episode 41

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 12:00am

On October 19th, ARTSCAPE, Cape Town’s no 1 centre of arts and culture,went to Worcester on its annual cultural outreach to the rural areas of the Western Cape.

Spearheaded by Marlene Le Roux, arts director, Artscape took some of its finest performances in music, dance and ballet for a two day jamboree in Worcester’s Town Hall.

School children were bused in from the surrounding areas for two performances on each of the two days festival.The last evening culminated in a gala performance attended by town dignitaries, farmers, residents from surrounding towns.

Marlene and a group of performers discuss how what they are doing can really change people’s minds by breaking down a lot of the cultural isolation so many of our communities still live in. Children, who have never heard opera or seen ballet are transfixed by the experience. And filming the audience faces as they watched a wild and brilliant dance performed by four disabled people, two in wheelchairs,you sense that their perception of the word “disabled” will never be the same !

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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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Hands Off Our Grant March

Season 6 Episode 38

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00am

On the 15 of October hundreds of gogos and young women joined hands in a protest in front of St. George’s Cathedral.

The march was organised by Black Sash and Right To Know.

They were challenging the unlawful,fraudulent and immoral business practices facilitated by the current outsourced SASSA/CPS contract for the payments of social grant.

Saying they refused to remain silent about the hardship and struggles of poor and vulnerable people affected by these unauthorised and often fraudulent deductions. As a result beneficiaries experience food shortages and are unable to take their medicines. Many, particularly in rural communities,struggle to find recourse,spending extra money on transport and airtime, often with little success.

A group of the seven protesters gave vent to their anger and determination to stop this practice in a lively and moving conversation filmed after the demo.

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Fees Must Fall March

Season 6 Episode 37

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00am

For a week the universities of the Western Cape and the rest of the country were in turmoil.

Tens of thousand of students protested against the government’s announcement that they were going to increase the fees for tertiary education.

Campuses were shut down. Lectures cancelled and riot police shot water cannon,tear gas, rubber bullet and stun grenades at protesting students.

Street Talk took its cameras to parliament where the police use violence against the students marchers and then later recorded a conversation between seven students protesters who discuss the issues behind the march and what they think the University administrations and government must do.

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Anti Corruption March

Season 6 Episode 36

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00am

Six activist who share their views on the rampant corruption in South Africa,saying if our leaders weren’t so corrupt we would live in a better South Africa. They argue that it’s not only our government that is corrupt, it also happens in the private sector.

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Artscape High School Drama

Season 6 Episode 34

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:00am

The Brackenfell students are discussing racism and how it affects them. They also tell how they can’t even go and study where they want because of the racial war we have here in South Africa. They also discuss how important it is to take responsibility for your own life and not blame the government for everything that is wrong. They maintain that if a white person calls a black person ” stupid ” it’s a racist remark, but if a white person calls another white person stupid, it’s not.

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Artscape High School Drama

Season 6 Episode 33

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:00am

Brackenfell High School Drama students share their views about drama, how it has helped their lives and how drama is perceived in the community and the support they get from their families.

African Immigrants on living in South Africa

Season 6 Episode 31

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:00am

For many African migrants, immigration is a necessity not a choice; some fleeing due to violent circumstances and dire economic straits. We asked a group of African Immigrants to share their experiences of living in South Africa, how their lives have improved or deteriorated since immigrating, and the challenges they face in a country where they are largely unwelcome.

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Soup Kitchen Khayelitsha

Season 6 Episode 26

Thu, 4 May 2017 12:00am


“We saw the poverty in Khayelitsha, especially in the informal settlements. We just decided we have to do something about it, even if it’s small…..even if it’s out of our own pockets”

Khayelitsha, which means New Home in isiXhosa, is a township allocated on the Cape Flats, and is a remnant of the atrocious Apartheid system. Not much has changed since, with residents walking up to 200 meters or further just to access water. The Meals on Wheels team based in Khayelitsha could not sit back and watch the tremendous poverty pervading the populace. The team estimate feeding approximately 30 000 people per month, and yet, this is not enough.

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Afrikaner Youth

Season 6 Episode 25

Thu, 4 May 2017 12:00am

“As a child I felt really ashamed of being Afrikaans. I hated it, but then I met so many [Afrikaans] people who weren’t judgmental”

The race debate is complicated, with conversations happening on all sides. For white South Africans with Afrikaans roots, the conversation includes topics of white privilege and inherited guilt. These 7 Young Afrikaners would like to change current perceptions of ‘boere’, from racists by default to just regular South Africans struggling to find their place in our rainbow nation.

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Reddam House

Season 6 Episode 20

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00am


“Why are so many black people still living in the slums……when we’ve had the laws to facilitate growth and progression for twenty years…not much has happened in those twenty years”

South Africa is considered to have one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, and yet the country is wrought with social, political and economic challenges. A sentiment shared by the Matriculants of Reddam House Altantic Seaboard. In this episode they share their views on racism, class structure and poor service delivery in our country.

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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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Looking Back: Retirees Reflect

Season 6 Episode 17

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 7:00pm


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Teens Talk State of the Nation

Season 6 Episode 16

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 7:00pm

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Teens Talk Dating

Season 6 Episode 15

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:00am

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SA Youth: Politicians Not For Us

Season 6 Episode 12

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00am


“You are privileged to be staying in South Africa because there are countries far worst than us, but the problem is our leaders are very corrupt”

“…starting a political party is business and that’s South Africa, its all about business not about people”

A civil duty or an utter waste of time? Listening to these four South African youths one could easily come to the conclusion that they have lost all faith in the electoral process, largely blaming a so called failing and corrupt government. But what about the power of the voter? Watch this episode as our participants discuss corrupt politics, current and past leadership and the power (or lack thereof) of the vote.

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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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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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Metro Rail or Metro Fail?

Season 5 Episode 52

Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:00pm

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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Freedom from Violence: A possibility?

Season 5 Episode 50

Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:00pm

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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Women Farm Workers Rise Up

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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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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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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Season 5 Episode 29

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:00pm

“….you don’t think about quitting because you have hope of winning next time, you know your turn will come….so we don’t worry”

“But I will never go to a casino and gamble with big money, what will my child eat… a game is R5 or less and that I can afford”

In the Township of Khikhi in Nyanga four women play Umdovolo, a card game played in the townships. A form of gambling, these women talk about why the game is so appealing to them. Some use the money they win to buy food and clothes, while others use their winnings to seek out employment.


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Botswana Ub-Legabi

Season 5 Episode 28


Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:00pm

“Its not really a choice, to be gay. It’s you expressing your inner self, your feelings in every way and not being limited”

“….sometimes we try to force people to accept what is happening…..for them its difficult as well, first other members of the family are going to talk…from there its society, from the society it’s the law of the country itself and the world”

“I saw myself being like this and I wanted to destroy this inner me, but I failed… and I don’t want to do that, I want to live life on this earth just like everyone else”

In this episode, members of LGBTI society, UB-LEGABI addresses the initial difficulty of accepting themselves and being themselves in a society that fundamentally rejects them. They talk about the importance of self-acceptance in the face of pressures to conform to traditional standards.  An inspiring talk on the importance of staying true to who you are.

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Botswana Legabibo Part 1

Season 5 Episode 26

Tue, 2 Dec 2014 10:00pm

“In Botswana being gay is not a criminal offense, but the sexual practice, same sex sexual conduct is criminalised….but it’s not gay people who want their lives to be out in the open, it’s the law yanking their lives from the privacy of their home into the public platform because now the personal has become political”

“What does my body have to do with the rest of the country, what I do with my body should not be an issue of national debate “

We teamed up with LEGABIBO, Botswana’s primary LGBT rights organization and filmed an impactful conversation on the current stance of Gay rights in Botswana. They also disclose their own personal experiences of being gay in a society which has not only rejected homosexuality but that has also criminalised it.


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2014 Elections

Hear the voice on the Street about the up and coming elections


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Teenage Pregnancy & Incest Part 1

Season 3 Episode 10


In a hairdressing salon, after hours, a group of Gugs residents share stories about incest. Continued in Episode 11

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Hermanus Zwelihle

Season 5 Episode 23

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:00pm

“…land gets sold you’ll find this place is mostly holiday resorts…..most of the land is taken by estate villages but then we don’t get houses. It’s been more 12 years”

“….the promise that came to the communities was that any development that takes place here the community should get something but its never happened…the community never gets anything that is promised….they build swimming pools but we cannot use running water….we’re still living in the Apartheid Era, we are not free yet to get what we’re suppose to get as equals in the free democracy of South Africa”

South Africa has progressed, however, much still needs to be done, as confirmed by the residents of Zwelihle – a small township situated between the more affluent towns of Hermanus and Sandbaai. We sat down with members of the township as they shared the difficulties they experience. They speak of underdeveloped housing, the lack of job opportunities and Government support as well as the language barriers they face whilst searching for employment in the surrounding areas, even comparing their current struggles to those faced during Apartheid. They feel ignored and discouraged as much of their efforts to improve the situation for themselves ends in stagnation. Leading many to a life of crime as a last resort.

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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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Women’s Role in Society

Season 5 Episode 13

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:00pm


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The State of the Nation

Season 5 Episode 12

Thu, 9 Oct 2014 10:00pm

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Is apartheid still alive?

Season 5 Episode 5

Thu, 18 Sep 2014 10:00pm

Is apartheid still alive and present in our everyday lives ? should we not have moved on to a place where it is no longer discussed, a relic of bygone years, something irrelevant ? Three young, dynamic contemporary Cape Town women disagree and tell how, in their daily experiences, they keep bumping into race and discrimination. Over a few glasses of chilled Chardonnay they wonder why it is still so hard to have an open, frank and no punches pulled conversation  about this with people of a different colour.

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Poo Protesters

Season 5 Episode 4

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 10:00pm

What would drive a respectable mother of four to carry a bucket full of shit on her head all the way from her shack in Barcelona to Cape Town International Airport, or the N2 or the House of Parliament and dump its contents in full public view ?  When you listen to this group of Barcelona Shit Protestors you can understand the frustration and anger behind such a radical act : the humiliation of having to poo in front of your kids, the ever present stink, the assault on their dignity…. as one woman puts it ” The only weapon we have to make Helen Zille to give us flush toilets is our shit !”

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Voice of the Voters

Season 4 Episode 49

Wed, 19 Mar 2014 5:00pm

” What we need is that which was taken from us – and that is the land – and we’re never going to get that because voting is a neo-liberal rictual !”  ” Voting is a necessary evil ” ” The only solution if for people to organize themselves on the ground and not wait for the politicians…” ” Can we believe in a democracy that was pushed on us without our permission ?”  Dissonant voices, passionate debate in a build-up to the May elections.

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Season 4 Episode 48

Sat, 15 Mar 2014 5:00pm

Spare the rod and spoil the child?  The ANC is going to make it against the law to physically punish your children and has mothers and grannies all over the country up in arms. ” This man, Zuma, can’t just come into my house and tell me how to bring up my children ”  ” If you can’t smack them they end up on the street doing drugs and all those things…” Traditionally children have been beaten when they misbehave and it is the belief of many women that without that option, the kids will have no respect for their elders and just do what they want. ” Just talk to the teachers in the schools and they will tell you how the kids behave when you can’t punish them…”

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School Teachers

Season 4 Episode 43

Wed, 5 Mar 2014 5:00pm

These teachers at Masiphumele Primary School declare that if you don’t have the passion and commitment for teaching, better find another job. Inspiring children to learn, maintaining discipline and coping with classes of over 40 kids is just part of the problem. The most difficult, they say, is trying to involve parents in the education of their kids. With unemployment, poverty and hunger rife, what happens outside the school can undo everything the teachers are trying to achieve…

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Voice of the Voters Part 1

Season 4 Episode 41

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 5:00pm

Racialism, non-racialism and blackness – these are some of the issues that young people struggle with when it comes to voting in the up-and-coming elections. Who can they choose that best represents them and their aspirations in a corrupt society.

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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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Khayelitsha March

Season 3 Episode 40


Young community activists in Khayelitsha organize an anti-corruption march and talk about the issues that sparked it off.

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Equal Education

 Season 3 Episode 13


After demonstrating in front of Parliament, a group from Equal Education tell what they think has to be done to bring proper education to government schools.

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Maryland adult literacy

Season 3 Episode 7


Maryland is an adult literacy centre in the middle of Hanover Park, one of Cape Towns most violent townships. Sister Marina tells how it all began and how her upbringing led her to do what she does.

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Tafelsig Backyarders

Season 3 Episode 6

Homeless families are evicted from an abandoned sports field where they have been squatting. Heart rending stories of families trying to survive.

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Right To Know

Season 3 Episode 5


The Right 2 Know campaign against the ANC’s attempt to bring in censorship with the Protection of Information Bill. A writer, two journalists and south Africa’s most famous cartoonists strategize on how to stop this happening.

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Views of 2011 Elections

Season 3 Episode 3


Middle class white Capetonians discuss the upcoming elections and what they think needs to change.

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Vote or Not to Vote Part 2

Season 3 Episode 2


Continuation of episode 1. UCT students debate whether their vote will change anything

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Vote or Not to Vote?

Season 3 Episode 1


UCT students debate whether their vote will change anything


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South Africa in the eyes of youth

Season 2 Episode 37


UCT students talk about rampant corruption in government and the police and the need for members of the public to know what their legal rights are.

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Apartheid Era

Season 2 Episode 36


Young Afrikaans professionals discuss the end of apartheid and the role of the Afrikaner in the new South Africa.

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Youth League Part 2

Season 2 Episode 35


A group from Gugs exchange views on censorship, pornography and alcohol abuse.

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The Afrikaaner

Season 2 Episode 33


Middle-aged Afrikaners who were once pro apartheid and now support the ANC!

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The Government

Season 2 Episode 32


Continuation of episode 28. Right 2 Know group discuss community activism, government’s lack of action on social issues, and how racism still bedevils our society.

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“Right To Know” March

Season 2 Episode 28


Demonstrators march on Parliament to protest against the Secrecy Bill ( Protection of Information Act ) A group describes the formation of The Right 2 Know campaign to fight censorship.

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Youth League

Season 2 Episode 21


Youth reflecting on the kind of Youth League South Africa has today.

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Aids March

Season 2 Episode 18



AIDS Demonstration in front of parliament. Members of TAC ( Treatment Action Campaign) berate the government’s lack of funding.

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Public Service Strike

Season 2 Episode 17


Public Service Strike. Demonstration in downtown Cape Town. Strikers discuss the reasons behind the strike.

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Dinner at Beezy’s Part 2

Season 2 Episode 14


Continuation of episode 8. A dinner party hosted by famous Cape Town artist Beezy Bailey at his fabulous home on the slopes of Table Mountain.

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Service Delivery Part 2

Season 2 Episode 12

Mon, 2 Mar 2015 7:30pm

Continuation of episode 9. Group talks about corruption, Julius Malema, land reform and the role of the media in society.

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Service Delivery Part 1

Season 2 Episode 9

Sat, 15 Nov 2014 7:30pm

How hard is it to get proper health care ? Horror stories of non-existent service delivery. Continued in Episode 12

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Dinner at Beezy’s Part 1

Season 2 Episode 8

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 7:30pm

A dinner party hosted by famous Cape Town artist Beezy Bailey at his fabulous home on the slopes of Table Mountain. Continued in Episode 14.

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Season 1 Episode 47

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 7:30pm

The oppression of black people and their feelings about this. Apartheid….is it gone?

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Season 1 Episode 43

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 7:00pm

Young doctors from government hospitals tell hair-raising stories of the dysfunctional state of our health service.

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