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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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Bullying Part 2

Season 8 Episode 1

Wed, 24 May 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 27 May 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

Relationship bullying refers to one partner in a relationship who bullies the other. Bullies feel so weak that they develop an overwhelming need to command and dominate, to compensate for how vulnerable they feel, This leads them to choose victims, especially spouses and lovers over whom they believe they can exert complete control. In often times the is a confusion between Love and Bullying.

Young school students from different backgrounds gather together to share their personal experiences, share their stories and views on bullying in Relationships.

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What turns you ON? part 2

Season 7 Episode 51

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

Gender roles are norms set by the society stating appropriate behaviour for men and women in social situations. As the word ‘role’ explains, these norms dictate how an individual should think, behave and function, based on their gender.

University students get together to talk about their personal experience and view of what individuals should think, behave and function.

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What turns you ON?

Season 7 Episode 50

Tue, 30 May 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

Shaping expectations. How you talk about love and relationships will have a significant influence on what your kid expects out of their beloved. Young lovers are romantic idealists.

University students get together to talk about their view of dating and dating partners, expectations and sex.

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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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Literacy

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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Teenage Parents Part 2

Season 7 Episode 25

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sun, 27 Nov 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

“Yes, we do have clinics that provide contraceptives but preventing pregnancy should start at home. If only if our parents would talk to us and sit us down and try to make us to be confident in our skin, in our body…”

According to a survey conducted in 2015,  5.3% of females (14-19) reported they were pregnant at some point during the 15 months prior to the poll. This number indicates that from 2013-2015,  approximately 1,408,833 million teenage pregnancies occurred in South Africa.

Now, to put the number in context, if this total number of females who experienced teenage pregnancy in South Africa were living only in Cape Town, that would be about 37% of the cities total population ( 3,740, 025 million in 2011). Two out of five people in the entire city would be young enough to attend or graduate from primary school and would be carrying at a baby at the same time.

Females make up 51.1% of Cape Towns population at 1,907,412 million people,. With 12% of Cape Town females from ages 15-19 reporting teenage pregnancy in 2011, this means that 228,889 young women had children. This number does not include teenagers from ages 13-14.

While 5.3% of a country the size of South Africa does not immediately appear drastic or alarming, the subsequent issues that result from this number, are. When faced with feeding, clothing, housing and providing for a child, a South African young woman’s education may take an immediate hit in order to generate a constant income. Without a significant income, chronic poverty may become a possibility.

Though some may point toward teenage pregnancy as a failure in society, in all actuality the failure lies in societies slow adoption of sexual education. In addition, the shame and stigma that revolve around teenage pregnancy from religious groups, family as well as schools can directly harm a young woman’s outlook on her pregnancy. Young mothers often raise their children without any aid from the father and turn to their nuclear as well as extended family for support.

With this second episode of Teenage Parents, Street Talk is hoping to encourage young women to step outside of the boundaries of teenage pregnancy by addressing the difficulties of motherhood, providing an opportunity for community support and providing space for the vocalization of each woman’s dream.

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Teenage Parents Part 1

Season 7 Episode 24

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 22 Oct 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

“..Sometimes things happen unexpectedly.”

According to a survey conducted in 2015,  5.3% of females (14-19) reported they were pregnant at some point during the 15 months prior to the poll. This number indicates that from 2013-2015,  approximately 1,408,833 million teenage pregnancies occurred in South Africa.

Now, to put the number in context, if this total number of females who experienced teenage pregnancy in South Africa were living only in Cape Town, that would be about 37% of the cities total population ( 3,740, 025 million in 2011). Two out of five people in the entire city would be young enough to attend or graduate from primary school and would be carrying at a baby at the same time.

Females make up 51.1% of Cape Towns population at 1,907,412 million people,. With 12% of Cape Town females from ages 15-19 reporting teenage pregnancy in 2011, this means that 228,889 young women had children. This number does not include teenagers from ages 13-14.

While 5.3% of a country the size of South Africa does not immediately appear drastic or alarming, the subsequent issues that result from this number, are. When faced with feeding, clothing, housing and providing for a child, a South African young woman’s education may take an immediate hit in order to generate a constant income. Without a significant income, chronic poverty may become a possibility.

Though some may point toward teenage pregnancy as a failure in society, in all actuality the failure lies in societies slow adoption of sexual education. In addition, the shame and stigma that revolve around teenage pregnancy from religious groups, family as well as schools can directly harm a young woman’s outlook on her pregnancy. Young mothers often raise their children without any aid from the father and turn to their nuclear as well as extended family for support.

With this episode, Street Talk is hoping to encourage young women to step outside of the boundaries of teenage pregnancy by addressing the difficulties of motherhood, providing an opportunity for community support and providing space for the vocalization of each woman’s dream.

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Her Voice Foundation

Young Moms Support

The Parent Centre

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Teenage Reflections

Season 7 Episode 16

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

“Some of us think love is just about sex, no. They’re getting the wrong idea from the wrong people”

“Every time they lie…when they want to sleep with you…always saying, “I don’t have a girlfriend without  you, I love you”. And you change your mind, and sleep with him without protection.”

Around the world, the HIV Virus has adversely affected communities. Even as Young as they are, teens from Khayelitsha, are able to talk about the education they receive in school about the disease as well as their own lived experiences in using this education to empower themselves.

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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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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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To Test or Not to Test

Season 6 Episode 18

Sat, 27 Jun 2015 7:00pm

 

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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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Teenagers on the ultimate Taboo

Season 5 Episode 47

Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:00pm

Our society is saturated with sex; we’re downright obsessed. From the advertisements that we see, to the music we listen to, its always ever present and yet open discussion is practically forbidden or left to more ‘rebellious’ spaces. In Teenagers on the ultimate Taboo, teens from Gugs talk about their take on the subject.

 

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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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Infidelity

Season 5 Episode 3

Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:00pm

Teenagers riff on cheating: ” guys are never satisfied with one girlfriend they always want more, and more. I think it’s to prove what a big man they are ” ” Guys are never in love, just in lust…” ” I don’t want someone to tell me he likes me – I want to hear ” I LOVE you ”  ” Girl, you’re kidding yourself, in our times there is no love…”

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Sugar Daddies

Season 4 Episode 32

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 12:00am

Reviled in the press, accused by the government of spreading HIV and lumped by society along with paedophiles as sexual parasites you would think that sugar daddies would think twice before being filmed talking in an exuberant and unembarrassed way about dating girls young enough to be their daughters. Not so.

These ageing studs positively salivate as they share their love affairs with school girls, convinced that they bring nothing but pleasure and material assistance into the lives of their needy and deprived sugar babes. 

What do their wives or partners think? Lies and subterfuge are the name of the game until someone slips up and a condom in a jacket pocket gives the game away… alas, that condom often never gets put on and as they graze the pastures rich in nubile prey, our sugar daddies are often spreading more than love…

 

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Sugar Babes

Season 4 Episode 30

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:00am

 

If you were a teenager from a poor background and an older guy offered you clothes, food, took you out to shebeens and paid for your school fees, would you accept? Oh, the price, of course is sex. A group of ” sugar babies ” give a glowing account of how great the ” sugar daddies “are:” They don’t steal from you like the ben 10’s (younger dudes), they don’t beat you up and when you go to bed, they only do it once and then fall asleep!” With stats showing a dramatic increase of AIDS in teenage women due to the sugar daddy syndrome what about Safe Sex? Hey, why spoil the fun?

 

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Abortion Pt 1

Season 4 Episode 4

Fri, 29 Nov 2013 6:45pm

 

“It’s become the fashion to get pregnant because that will make your boyfriend stay with you” This, and other revelations, from a group of teenage girls in Khayelitsha. And what if you don’t want the baby?  Can you tell your parents? How do they react? The government provides free abortions but back street abortionist flourish. One girl describes her abortion in searing detail and how it has left her traumatized for life…

 

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Let’s Talk about Sex

Season 3 Episode 38

 

Young Delft residents talk frankly about their sex lives.

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Masibambisane High Part 3

Season 3 Episode 22

 

At a high school in Delft a group of boy and girl seniors talk about sex with a capital S.

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Masibambisane High Part 2

Season 3 Episode 21

 

At a high school in Delft a group of boy and girl seniors talk about sex with a capital S.

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Masibambisane High Part1

Season 3 Episode 20

 

At a high school in Delft a group of boy and girl seniors talk about sex with a capital S.

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Missing Thembi

Season 1 Episode 52

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 7:30pm

Friends of Thembi, a famous AIDS activist from Khayelitsha who died three years ago, reminisce about her and the example she set.

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Silverstream High

Season 1 Episode 49

Sat, 27 Sep 2014 7:30pm

High school senior girls tell how difficult it is to get guys to have safe sex

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Abortion

Season 1 Episode 48

Wed, 24 Sep 2014 7:30pm

The look into the discussion of abortion. Is it right or is it wrong?

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Pregnancy

Season 1 Episode 45

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 7:00pm 7:00 pm

Young women riff on teenage pregnancy and the difficulty they have on getting guys to use condoms.

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Ubuntu

Season 1 Episode 44

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 7:15pm

Ubuntu Education Fund. How people are infected by HIV and how uneducated they are about this disease. How do we educated our youth to use precautions?

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Langa High School

Season 1 Episode 33

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 7:30pm

“Nowadays boys…don’t believe in safe sex….whenever you want to have safe sex it means you are cheating or you have another boyfriend…but the thing is if you don’t practice safe sex there are consequences that are going to follow…the boys, what they intend to do whenever the consequences come up they always know that they’re going to run away….so as a girl you have the responsibility and the right to say something, you have to stand up for yourself”

“I have friends who talk about getting pregnant just because they want their boyfriends to stick to them, so girlfriends also preach about that saying, ‘Don’t use a condom”, so that you have a baby and so that your man will stick with you”

We sparked quite a heated debate when we gathered a group of students from Langa High. We asked them to talk about the pressures they now face from peers and boyfriends to become sexually active and how different the consequences and risks are for men and women in our society.

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Unemployment

Season 1 Episode 21

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 7:15pm

A group of 20 something Khayelitsha residents, all high school graduates talk about the impossibility of finding a job unless you ” know someone who knows someone “. They’re angry, disillusioned and blame the government for making promises they never keep. ” In 10 years we are going to be like Zimbabwe…”

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Youth Discussions

Season 1 Episode 20

Fri, 30 May 2014 7:30pm

“….it’s very good to have an open relationship with your parents then you can talk to them about things”

“…emotional abuse when parents are arguing then the child gets affected by it, now when the child grows up thinking ‘shouting at my wife or husband is the right thing to get my point across’…the cycle of abuse”

A group of young girls from Modderdam High in Cape Town, sat down to discuss their take on the parent-child relationship, peer pressure and the dilemmas of their generation.

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The Cape Flats

Season 1 Episode 6

Wed, 15 Jan 2014 5:00pm

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

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Media, Racism and Safe Sex

Season 1 Episode 2

 

“…..when you watch anything from South Africa its 16 die in whatever robbery, and in the media you always hear South Africa’s a ship going down with no lights because of Eskom. Its all the negative stuff, you never hear about the kid who saved the old man drowning….when it’s the bad things they know the paper’s gonna sell”

Teens are hardly ever noted for their wisdom, but there are exceptions to every rule. Meet these 9 students from Camps Bay High School in Cape Town. They share their profound insights on Media and its influence, racism and the Apartheid legacy and their feelings about growing up in a country in transition.

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Thembi

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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