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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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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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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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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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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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