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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.

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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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Masiphumelele

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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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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Looking Back: Retirees Reflect

Season 6 Episode 17

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 7:00pm

 

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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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Xenophobia

Season 3 Episode 17

Sat, 9 May 2015 7:30pm

South Africans and foreigners compare notes on xenophobia.

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Lack of Employment

Season 2 Episode 30

 

A group from Delft and Phillipi residents share stories of unemployment and its crippling effects.

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The Grand Part 2

Season 1 Episode 37

Sat, 30 May 2015 7:30pm

“For me the most disturbing thing about it was how it was such a black on black thing, because if you’re going to call it Xenophobia then you need to include all foreigners……but what ended up happening is that it became more of a lower class situation…..a poverty situation, it became a education situation…its very much based on ignorance and its so much easier to create an other “

In 2000, the country saw a steady increase in xenophobic violence, and in May 2008 a series of riots left 62 people dead. In part 2 of The Grand, 6 foreigners ruminate on the circumstances that lead South Africans to such extreme acts of violence.

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The Grand Part 1

Season 1 Episode 34

Tue, 26 May 2015 7:30pm

“….when things break down the first thing they’re always gonna say is ‘foreigner’…it’s the easiest thing to point out. If you get in an argument with somebody at a bar or anywhere, the first thing they’re going to point out is that you’re a foreigner you don’t know what’s going on….so it’s the simplest thing that somebody can say as to why you don’t understand or why they don’t like you…and that happens anywhere and its not just a South African thing”

“….I don’t have a problem with somebody calling me an immigrant….but when they call me a foreigner….that word foreigner, it comes loaded…. because a foreigner is someone who is foreign, you’re not from Africa….but I am from Africa and I am in Africa”

Each year, South Africa plays host to many tourists and immigrants. We wanted a first hand account of their experiences, so we gathered a group 6 recent, and not so recent immigrants who call South Africa home. They compare notes on the pros and cons of living in our Rainbow Nation.

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Khayelitsha Xenophobia

Season 1 Episode 3

 

Sat, 2 May 2015 7:30pm

“When a black person sees a white man he sees money, but when he sees another black person, he sees a person coming to take his job. Its like something has been programmed for their mind to be constricted when they see other black people.

“….black people were bound not politically but psychologically, they were bound like chickens, chickens that were bound by their feet but when the binds are removed they are still bound psychologically…we need psychological emancipation”

Love your neighbour or every man for himself? A group of young men in Khayelitsha share their views on foreign nationals, black on black discrimination and the troubles that plague our communities.

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