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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InZync poetry: Expression of feelings

Season 7 Episode 43

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

The InZync Poetry Sessions has been dubbed, the place where the poetries meet. Bringing together various literary traditions onto one stage.

Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own.

Young poets gather together to talk about what poetry means to them and where they get their inspirations.

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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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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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Artscape Outreach: Reaching Out

Season 7 Episode 36

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 28 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

In October 2016, Cape Town’s very own Artscape Theater performed during a special outreach weekend in Clanwilliam. They brought in performers ranging from ballerinas, to hip hop dancers and opera singers. Showcasing their talents to a captivated audience, these performers were given to opportunity to share their love for artistic expression with township locals. Facilitated by Marlene le Roux, this is a highly anticipated event for the community and a multitude of young and old come out for the show.

Every performer has a unique outlook and approach to creativity. Some have even overcome physical disabilities to become professional dancers and are an inspiration for those who are lucky enough to watch their talents unfold onstage. Sharing these insights with individuals from township communities is crucial and, unfortunately, a very rare occurrence. Emphasis on music, art and performance takes a backstage to act of moving through lives filled with poverty, violence and inequality.

Yet, there is merit in creative self-expression that offers a chance to transcend or work through emotions correlated to such experiences. Artscape Outreach has began to build this bridge.


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Season 7 Episode 34

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 7 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

The FunDza Literacy Trust is a South African nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy among teens and young adults. Education provides the foundation for a healthy, stable, growth-oriented society – literacy is its cornerstone.

In this episode, we speak to the students of Intshukumo Primary School in Gugulethu township who are currently participating the the Year Beyond Program after school which offers the opportunity to expand reading, English and creative writing skills in partnership with the FunDza! app and curriculum. This program fosters an interest in all things educational with a primary focus on encouraging linguistic and compositional capabilities. For many students in Cape Town townships, the world after school is a distracting and often dangerous place. Some children begin dating at young ages, are asked to join gangs or may even be “flighted by a taxi driver” as one of the students in this episode describes. Opportunities to continue to learn outside of the typical school day are crucial for children and teens who are motivated to move out of the stereotypes of township life.

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Artscape Rural Outreach 2016

Season 7 Episode 33

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 31 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm


In October 2016, Cape Town’s very own Artscape Theater performed during a special outreach weekend in Clan William. They brought in performers ranging from ballerinas, to hip hop dancers and opera singers. Showcasing their talents to a captivated audience, these performers were given to opportunity to share their love for artistic expression with township locals. Facilitated by Marlene le Roux, this is a highly anticipated event for the community and a multitude of young and old come out for the show.

Every performer has a unique outlook and approach to creativity. Some have even overcome physical disabilities to become professional dancers and are an inspiration for those who are lucky enough to watch their talents unfold onstage. Sharing these insights with individuals from township communities is crucial and, unfortunately, a very rare occurrence. Emphasis on music, art and performance takes a backstage to act of moving through lives filled with poverty, violence and inequality.

Yet, there is merit in creative self-expression that offers a chance to transcend or work through emotions correlated to such experiences. Artscape Outreach has began to build this bridge.

These episodes features the show’s highlights including dance routines, musical solos and behind the scenes preparations. Additionally, we spoke to several of the performers and we hear their first hand opinions on what it means to be a part of Artscape Outreach.


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Ikhaya Garden: Soil Artists

Season 7 Episode 32

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 24 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

Created by Xolisa Bagani (otherwise known as “Brother Rasta”) the youth-oriented Ikhaya garden program offers students in Khayelitsha an alternative to  detrimental diets and eating habits as well as gangsterism and encourages the collaboration of horticulture, art and education.

When walking into the school grounds that house the Ikhaya Garden, there is a tangible sense of camaraderie and friendship. Each child bounces from activity to activity. There is no meandering or idle hands. From soccer games to watering the garden, each person is a pivotal part of the experience. They are a self-proclaimed family, filled to the brim with smiles and minds open to learning.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the local students rush home after their final class of the day, change out of their uniform and into street clothes by 3pm in order to spend time at the garden. This has been the general routine since it’s creation in September 2013.

At first, Xolisa admits, getting traction for the garden was a difficult task. Not only was finding a place to establish the garden as well as get tools and plants was a hurtle but the changeing the local mindset about gardening was a challenge.

Most children in townships, he says, believe that gardening is a menial undertaking and that participating in it surfaces past shame and pain from decades of ancestral farmhand laborers. There are stereotypes deeply engrained in South Africa’s agricultural world. Yet, over the course of more than three years, Xolisa has managed to make gardening “cool”. Calling himself and the students “soil artists” he facilitates the thrice-weekly “garden parties” but allows the children to approach the ground as if it were a canvas. Shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows become their paintbrushes and handfuls of seeds dot the dirt like acrylic paint. With the help of plastic bottles, old tires and CD’s as plant boxes and pots, the Ikhaya Garden glimmers with spirals of herbs, flowers and edible plants.

Ranging from ages 7-16, the students of Ikhaya Garden are vastly aware of the townships inherent need for dietary change. They recognize that unhealthy food options are cheap, easy to access and often, the admit, are delicious. However, the same can be said for produce grown right from the earth, they say. In this episode, a few of the boys say that carrots are their favorite food, an item that can be plucked from the garden, washed and eaten right then and there.

Though the garden has increased in notoriety with a surge of publicity from media outlets, it continues to be the only project of it’s kind in Khayelitsha. There are still many who doubt the validity of the project. In fact, some of the children who willingly spend time in the Ikhaya Garden day after day are even shamed by their parents who do not understand their interest in environmentalism and sustainability.

This has not dampened their interest in continuing to cultivate sustainability from their school grounds, day after day.

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Hip Hop Culture Part 1

Season 7 Episode 31

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 17 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

Made up of three members and one 12-year old B-boy, the Azanian Flames are a hip-hop crew from Strand focused on uplifting the community, promoting the “consciousness of reality” and sharing stories from life experience. They emphasize a need to move away from rap that focuses on drugs, money, sex and violence and instead, create content that can credibly discuss aspects of life in South Africa. Their first-hand experiences of abuse, domestic violence and gangsterism culminates into a therapeutic chance to relay and move forward from past injustice.

In this episode we hear from each member of the group as they share why they create the music that they do, how they started on this career path and why it has kept them out of darker parts of township life.

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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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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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Artists of Kayamandi

Season 7 Episode 27

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 7:30pm, Sat, 12 Nov 2016 7:30pm

“I think as an artist when you are writing songs,  you write your experience. What you’ve been through, how you got to this place, what happened before..”

Amidst winelands of Stellenbosch where the primarily Afrikaan-speaking residents live in colonial style homes painted a blatant white, the bustling township of Kayamandi resides. Surrounded by wealth and luxury, Kayamandi, meaning “nice home” is anthing but. Having changed relatively little since it’s establishment as a housing development for farmland workers during the apartheid area in South Africa, Kayamandi sticks out like the remnants of a fire pit smoking and crackling with life through the charred aesthetic.

Like our artists say, Kayamandi is not the epicenter of the Cape Town music scene, however, it is still a hub for aspiring musicians and creatives. Music gives these individuals an escape from the harsh reality of township existence. The opportunity to transcend past experience through a productive outlet is theraputic and the community that is coagulates around musicians is a support system.

We are proud to share stories and thoughts from these local artists as well as showcase their craft.

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Power, Strength, Dignity Pt 4

Season 7 Episode 22

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

“In 2010 I was sexually assaulted by an employer I travelled with…..when this happened, I didn’t know how I was going to tell my husband…it took 2 years….but I felt I needed to speak to my boys about this, so they can understand what it does to a woman. I had to teach and train my boys”

To many, rape is perceived to take place in dark corners, to intoxicated women wearing short skirts – women who are asking for it, and yet, this is only one an array of ways in which sexual assault occurs. According to statistics, incidence of rape in the work place stands at 11%. In this episode, a survivor speaks about her experience, we find out about how this affected her family as a mother of three sons, and her marriage.

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Power, Strength, Dignity Pt 3

Season 7 Episode 21

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

“I felt like this was all my fault, I had agreed to date him…who was going to believe that something like this had actually happened to me….my father took me aside and said to me, are you sure you didn’t do anything to provoke him?”

In the third instalment of Power, Strength, Dignity, we hear from a survivor who had been sexually assaulted by a man she had been dating. Sadly this is not outside of the norm, according to findings by the Rape Crisis Centre, in South Africa victims often know the perpetrators of sexual assault. But the most difficult aspect of the experience she shares, was disbelief from family members. Often survivors want to spare family members from the trauma of their experience, and so many incidence of rape go unreported, leading to depression and isolation. But the only way to heal is to be supported.

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Power, Strength, Dignity Pt 2

Season 7 Episode 20

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

“Today I can proudly say, I’m a survivor, I was a victim then but I’m not a victim anymore”
The term Rape Culture was first used in the United States during the 1970s in feminist discussions on rape. Defined as a multifaceted societal belief structure, which fosters an absurd normality around sexual violence; it speaks of a society in which blame is assigned to victims, while the actions of perpetrators are disregarded as just another part of life which must be accepted. From our frightening rape statistics, it is evident that this belief is rife in our communities. In the second installment of Power, Strength, Dignity, we hear from another brave survivor who has had more than one experience with sexual violence and refuses to accept blame.

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Power, Strength, Dignity Pt1

Season 7 Episode 19

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

“I am proud to say that I am a true survivor…I was raped…and he’s still out there…I was a child when he raped me…he damaged my life…but I survived.”

According to crime statistics, over 100 cases of rape are reported to the South African Police Service every day. What is most terrifying is that a mere 30 of these cases will result in prosecution. In this, the first of four episodes, four indomitable women disassemble the stigma and shame our society callously assigns to victims of sexual assault, choosing instead to speak. Bravely leading the way for others to do the same.

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The Pollsmoor Sessions Pt.2

Season 7 Episode 18

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

“You know how it feels….when you walk into a family function….now you sitting with your cousins….you don’t feel like you’re a part of them…they make you feel small”

“I just go out and in and in and out…sometimes you can’t just crush on family, they also get tired”

“You know when you get out…the gangsters, they take you in like you the best thing…so that’s where people run to”

“Help I am Free”, is a Norwegian funded rehabilitation program working with inmates at the Pollsmoor Prison and uses the arts to assist prisoners coming to terms with their demons. In this episode we talk to seven inmates enrolled in the program who are simultaneously preparing the play “Making of a Criminal” in conjunction with ARTSCAPE in Cape Town. In this episode we find out about the stigma of being a convict, the difficulty of family connections while imprisoned and what they miss most about their lives before incarceration.

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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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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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Dis Ability!

Season 7 Episode 7

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“When I think about my family everyone felt powerless and went into denial. It was very hard for my family to accept that I was disabled, because accepting that I’m disabled, would be accepting all the financial burden.”

“As disabled people, we need to do more, stop waiting for able bodied people in power to give us power. We need to take our power”.

An inspirational conversation by  intellectuals from UCT, tell of the challenges that come with their disability and how they have turned their challenges to Abilities.


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.

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.

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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Bread For Life

Season 6 Episode 43

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:00am

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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A Street Stories Film



An intimate portrait of the brilliantly articulate, funny, defiant, complex, courageous, provocative, irrational, flamboyant, HIV positive, young, gay, and mixed race township personality – Shane St Claire. This is a biopic unlike any other; it is David Hockney-esque collage in its make up, where a multitude of clips make up the whole, a mosaic in film, with the viewer discovering the deepest parts of a life lived in extreme circumstances. Complex, intriguing, surprising, hilarious and highly emotive; the film will leave you deeply moved and marvelling at how Shane has managed to overcome enormous obstacles while living life on his own terms.
Shane will premiere on community television station, Cape Town TV, on Thursday, 25 June at 19:30. Cape Town TV is available on DSTV channel 263, or free-to-air channels 32 and 67.



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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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Girls Play Rugby

Season 6 Episode 24

Sat, 8 Aug 2015 8:30pm

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Artscape Outreach Heidelberg

Season 6 Episode 13

Tue, 19 May 2015 9:00pm


“…the magic about these things [is] that somewhere in the audience there’s a person that goes…..’the possibility exists’…it transforms their minds”

“With this….you really reach a community and unify people in a way that politics could never do. If you want to change people and situations and a country, touch people’s hearts, and I think that’s why projects likes this is so important”

Artscape Theatre is Cape Town’s principal centre for the performing arts. Each year, they travel to the rural areas of the Cape bringing art, entertainment and performing. In this episode, Street Talk goes behind the scenes as the Artscape programme coordinators and entertainers prepare to bring the magic of the Arts to the small town of Heidelberg.

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Ubuntu Education Fund

A Street Stories Film


A short promotional film that we made for the Ubuntu Education Fund, a non-profit organization that provides world-class health and educational support to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Ubuntu’s mission is simple, all-encompassing, yet radical: to help raise township children by providing what all children deserve—everything.

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Artscape Rural Outreach: Coordinating the Magic

Season 6 Episode 8

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 10:00pm

“We started this particular type of project…taking the theatre to the people….to implement our constitution…[we asked ourselves] how do we bring our people together that were divided….so we use the theatre as a tool….putting all our cultures on one stage”

Artscape Theatre is Cape Town’s principal centre for the performing arts. Every year, they travel to the rural areas of the Cape bringing with them art, entertainment and performing. In this episode, the programme’s coordinators describe the unifying effect that the Arts have on people and how this is such a necessary development in a country once divided.

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Varsity Empowers Women Part 1

Season 6 Episode 6

Thu, 2 Apr 2015 10:00pm

“…it’s about making the right friends when you get to University , and by the right friends I don’t mean these fabulous people, the right friends are going to motivate you and help you adjust, the people you can lean on when you feel like its too much; because University can drive you crazy”

“There’s expectations involved…there’s pressure from your family, your parents, your friends and your high school teachers, it’s like they expect you to pass and make them proud and be a success, so its not only about you”

Sesethu, Ziyanda, Noluvo, Nomzamo, Zikhona have just started their new lives as students at the University of the Western Cape. Bright, spirited and determined to succeed; these young adults talk about the challenges, pressures and rewards that their new journey has ushered in.

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Artscape Rural Outreach: Performers

Season 6 Episode 4

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00am

“I remember when I decided to go and do music at UCT. My father took me to all the shebeens….he’d say, ‘See that guy sitting there? He’s a musician”

“I think it’s a great initiative…there’s a lot of people who are not exposed to Art…. when we come to these rural areas people are so overwhelmed and they enjoy it so much they don’t want us to leave”

Performing is some kind of magic; just ask singers Alistair Izobell and Fancy Galada; dancers, Vurswill Seconds and Sikhumbuzo Hlahleni; marimba player, Bongani Sotshononda, and saxophonist, Donveno Prins, as they prepare to dazzle small town audiences as part of the Artscpae Theatre outreach programme. An enchanting development where Artscape Theatre’s top performers travel to the rural areas of the Cape, bringing with them art, entertainment and performing. They describe the pure joy that unfolds as they perform to audiences who have never experienced the magic of the Arts.

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And You Don’t Stop: Hip Hop in SA

Season 6 Episode 3

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00am

“I got into Hip Hop because it was revolution…something that could feed and fuel my anger….I could dance on the dance floor, sweat it out, leave it all there, then I could deal with life again”

“A lot of MCs you hear them, “We all can blow up”. No you can’t, not in a Capitalist system. The Capitalist agenda is always to choose a few to represent their agendas….unless you create an alternative, you figure out your own way to tour the world, to create income for yourself and there’s a limited amount of income especially here in Cape Town”

Hip Hop music originated in the 1970s, in the streets of The Bronx, New York; providing a much needed voice and platform for disenfranchised youth. Today, Hip Hop dons a new guise; devoid of its original ideals and corrupted by the capitalist society which it now speaks from. We asked South African Hip Hop artists, both seasoned and budding, to talk about what Hip Hop means in a South African context. Featuring Emile YX?, Metabolism, Sibanac, Miss Celaneous and Andy Mkosi.


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Living Positive: HIV Support Group

Season 6 Episode 1

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:00pm

“Accepting your status isn’t easy”

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

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


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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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Albinism in South Africa

Season 5 Episode 48

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:00pm

Albinism, a congenital disorder characterised by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes. But much more than what the physical definition of the condition can relay is the lived experience; characterised by extreme discrimination and alienation. A group of people living with the condition of Albinism talk about how a simple lack of pigment has come to define their position in a racially obsessed society.

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What Doesn’t Kill You…

Season 5 Episode 42

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 7:30pm

“I told my husband that my breasts were going to be cut off and he said that I will no longer be a woman. I told him that my being a woman is not in my breasts…the most important part of being a woman is not in the breasts”

The word cancer immediately brings to mind ideas of a painful death. But what of life? In What Doesn’t Kill You…a few courageous cancer survivors from GAPA – Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS, talk candidly about living with the devastating effects of Cancer. Affecting more than just their physical condition, they share stories of broken marriages, fears, self-acceptance and triumph over this deadly disease. Proving that what does not kill you truly does make you stronger.

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Laphumilanga Empilisweni Care Centre

Season 5 Episode 39

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:00pm

In Mfuleni, Mama Letitia runs the Laphumlanga Empilisweni Care Centre. Without any government assistance, the centre serves as a crèche, an arts and crafts centre, library, shelter for the disabled, soup kitchen, orphanage and even a vegetable garden. The shelter is home to almost 100 people both young and old, is run by 24 staff members. In this episode, Mama Letitia and her staff share the challenges and triumphs of running this amazing centre.


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The Rosa Choir Project

Season 5 Episode 38

Tue, 13 Jan 2015 10:00pm

“It’s all these languages being brought together and the history with it…we’re learning just through singing…it breaks down tremendous barriers”

A famous musician once said,  “Music can change the world because it can change people.” In Cape Town, people are notoriously divided; economically, geographically and culturally. The most shocking aspect is how normal this all seems to its natives.  The Rosa Choir Project aims to change this insane normality with the power of music.

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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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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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Mzantsi Risers Part 1

Season 4 Episode 52

Wed, 26 Mar 2014 5:00pm

A theatrical dance and music programme for Langa kids.  An unmarried girl tells her mother she’s pregnant. They act out the scene with gut-wrenching reality, the language and scene taken from their everyday experiences. In another act, a women discovers that her husband is having an affair with a woman who is in their church congregation. His denials are classic but she manages to nail him by finding a voice message on his phone…. Non actors performing with a passion these true-life situations make for riveting viewing. The participants discuss how acting has enhanced their lives and where they would like to go with it.

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Dance for All

Season 4 Episode 50

Thu, 20 Mar 2014 5:00pm

A dance school in Athlone that is open to all kids from all townships. When they enter the doors they leave behind the pressing problems of their everyday lives ; the violence, the poverty, the lack of food, the domestic upheavals and transform themselves into the physical realm of dance and music. A group of dancers discuss how it has radically changed their lives by giving them a confidence they never had, and a sense of pride of achievement when they appear in front of large audiences… ” If you fall down, you get right back up as if nothing has happened and dance on…”

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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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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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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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Women in Poetry

Season 4 Episode 27

Tue, 4 Mar 2014 12:00pm

5 young poets sharing the tales of their life and the beauty of being story tellers in a form of poetry.

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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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Boxing club – Khayelitsha

Season 4 Episode 21

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 6:45pm

An inspirational story about Jinja from Khayelitsha, who trains young boys in boxing, taking them off the streets and away from gangs and falling into crime, creating a life for them with vision, going an extra mile to ensure them a safe and better future.

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Department of Coffee

Season 4 Episode 15

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 6:45pm


Three young Khayelitsha entrepreneurs open the first coffee shop in the township. The results have changed their lives.


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Langa High School: Drama skit

Season 4 Episode 12

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 6:45pm


A group of Langa High seniors have produced a play about the trials and tribulations of kids from the rural areas trying to adapt to township life.


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Miss Khayelitsha

Season 4 Episode 10


Yandiswa is bringing up her 9 year old cousin on her own, a teenager herself she is going places, she recently won Miss Khayelitsha and has her sights set on an international modeling career and winning the title of Miss South Africa.

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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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Thokozani Brothers Choir

Season 4 Episode 1


In the heart of Khayelitsha Mhla had a vision: How to change the thinking of the youth from ” I can’t” to ” I can ” From this epiphany came the Thokozani Brothers Choir.

The young singers all come from the local neighborhood, and within two years they have become famous, touring all over South Africa, winning prizes and going on two overseas tours of Europe. But Mhla didn’t stop there: collaborating with his wife Sisi they hold group discussions in which they youth unburden themselves of  the problems they face in the family, school and on the street.

Things they can’t discuss with their parents or teachers.

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Buli – Singing Sangoma

Season 3 Episode 52


Portrait of Buli a truly charismatic jazz singer, dancer and sangoma.

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Duma’s Falling Leaves

Season 3 Episode 45


Thembile Nhokwana, alias Gus, is one of the best known bass players in SA. He has played with all the giants of jazz. Now, aged 72 he is the owner of Duma Falling Leaves Tavern and tells the story of his life.

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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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Iliso Labantu Photography

Season 3 Episode 19


Iliso Labantu is a not-for-profit organisation started by photographers who live in the townships around Cape Town.

The organisation aims to provide training and opportunities for individuals to use photography as a way of documenting their lives, and those of the communities around them, and to be able to make sustainable careers for themselves as photographers.

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‘Home’ plays at the Grahamstown festival

Season 3 Episode 14


Drama students from UWC take a play with a strong feminist message that they wrote to the Grahamstown Arts Festival.

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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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‘Home’ – theatre used for transformation

Season 3 Episode 12


Drama students from UWC draw inspiration from what home means to them.

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Street Sweepers

Season 3 Episode 9


Six well educated Xhosa women are forced to sweep the streets in order to feed their families as there are no other jobs available.

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Chilanga riding school for the disabled

Season 3 Episode 8


Chilanga. Sally Kluth founded a horse riding school for disabled kids outside Somerset West. Children have serious mental and physical handicaps ride horses and find a whole new confidence and freedom in their lives.

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Season 3 Episode 4


A filmed portrait of a rising recording star, who tells the incredible story of her life and how her mission is to inspire young people not to succumb to despair and poverty but take their lives in their hands and make it work.

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Gogo Soccer Team

Season 2 Episode 52


When a group of grannies from Khayelitsha formed a soccer team they had no idea how it would transform their lives.

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Velokhaya BMX Club

Season 2 Episode 45


International champion, 13 year old Anita Zenani stars in this film about a BMX bicycle school for township kids.

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Witzenburg Farmers

Season 2 Episode 13

Sat, 7 Mar 2015 7:30pm

Ceres residents assess the impact of Artscape’s cultural outreach programme on the locals.

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Artscape Rural Outreach Witzenberg

Season 2 Episode 11

Sat, 28 Feb 2015 7:30pm

Artscape takes culture to the provinces. Township dwellers in Ceres get a chance to watch top class opera, ballet and modern dance.

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Robben Island Theatre

Season 2 Episode 5

Wed, 5 Nov 2014 7:30pm


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New Africa Theatre Academy

Season 2 Episode 4

Mon, 3 Nov 2014 7:30pm

New Africa Theatre Academy is a drama school that attracts aspiring actors from the townships.

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D.A.T. Spaza Music Star Part 2

Season 2 Episode 3

Sat, 11 Oct 2014 7:30pm

Hip Hop star DAT explains the origins of Spaza music, Cape Town’s unique sound, and how its lyrics condemn violence and promote self improvement. He performs at the first Hip Hop Kaslam Event at the Baxter Theatre.

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D.A.T. Spaza Music Star Part 1

Season 2 Episode 2

Wed, 8 Oct 2014 7:30pm

Hip Hop star DAT explains the origins of Spaza music, Cape Town’s unique sound, and how its lyrics condemn violence and promote self improvement. He performs at the first Hip Hop Kaslam Event at the Baxter Theatre.


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Ntonga Music School

Season 2 Episode 1

Mon, 6 Oct 2014 7:30pm

At the Ntonga Music school in Gugulethu, Poke, an old jazz musician, teaches local kids the basics of music.


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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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Symphony Way- Anti-Eviction Campaign Part 3

Season 1 Episode 26

Fri, 13 Jun 2014 7:30pm

An intense half hour of the harsh reality that the residents of Symphony Way are facing today. People of all walks of life unite to fight for their homes.

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A tribute to Joe Mthimka

Season 1 Episode 18

“I have this great desire to see ourselves starting to appreciate ourselves…I know how brilliant African culture and African wisdom is”

“I’m one of those people who left school, willingly, not because I was a dumb student but because in my way of thinking I was way ahead of the system, or as we used to call it then, it was the rat race…..getting polished up and primed to go and work in the machinery of White supremacy…and I just felt I didn’t want my mind stifled”

Born 1948 murdered February 2009 Joe Mthimka was a jazz musicologist who promoted local talent and sported a huge collection of rare local jazz music. Shortly before his death he shared his views on the political situation in South Africa.

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Season 1 Episode 5

Sat, 11 Jan 2014 5:00pm


 Porky, Sekhiwe, Mxolisi, Mephisto, Lungile and Victor reminisce about making music during apatheid, talk about what has changed post democracy, life in the townships, the youth and xenophobia.

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A Street Stories Film


Effervescent, beautiful, confident, brave, eloquent and ambitious, Thembi epitomises the youth of South Africa. Tragically, in more ways than one, Thembi came to fame through her audio diary for the US’ National Public Radio. It documented her daily life in Khayelitsha and the physical, social and emotional struggle of living with HIV.

Her humour, forthright nature and inner strength enchanted her 50 million strong audience, forcing people far and wide, humble and famous, to listen to her sound logic as the voice of a generation that South Africa’s politicians had forsaken.

Despite her boundless energy and herculean courage, this gentle and incisive documentary shows that Thembi is all too human. Her desire to live, love and leave behind a legacy didn’t make her any less susceptible to insecurity, social pressure, exhaustion and the vagaries of being a celebrity.

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