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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Inferior Education-post Apartheid


‘Let’s Succeed’ – A voice of hope for Masiphumelele

Community voices of Masiphumelele township will finally be heard, thanks to ‘Let’s...

‘Dropouts’ who shared their stories receive welcome surprise

Soon after Street Talk’s High School Dropouts episode aired on 18 April,...

“Hanover Heroines” honoured at Gatvol Official Screening

Strike a woman, and you strike a rock,” said Street Talk’s director...

GATVOL – New 4 part series on Gang Warfare

n the past few months, 35 people were murdered in in Cape Town’s Hanover Park. Most victims were youth, some caught in crossfire between rival gangs the Americans, the Laughing Boys and Mongrels. In October, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that he had requested the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to be deployed in the Western Cape and Gauteng to help crack down on violent crimes. But for the distraught mothers of victims, this is not enough – they are ‘Gatvol’ and want a lasting solution to the gang violence that is destroying their community. StreetTalk’s short documentary, Gatvol, lifts the lid on mothers suffering the consequences of the escalating gang warfare. Seven courageous women share the stories of how their children were shot or stabbed by gangsters – and how inept police investigations, cover-ups and corruption, plus an unwillingness of fearful witnesses to speak out, are obstacles to bringing culprits to book. Against all odds, the Hanover Heroines are working to bring peace, hope and justice to the lives of young people in their community. A special screening of the first two films will take place on Tuesday, 5 December from 18:00 to 19:30, Labia Theatre, Screen 2, 68 Orange Street, Gardens, Cape Town. This half hour film screening will be followed by a Q&A, refreshments and an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and the Hanover Heroines. This is by invitation only, if you would like to attend please contact Nosisi via email 

In the past few months, 35 people were murdered in in Cape...

Many Promises, Few Results

n 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 colors. 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 skillfully to pen black and colored 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. On September 20

In the outskirts of Cape Town, residents of Langa township are faced with...

The Unexpected

uying lunch boxes and diapers, providing emotional and housing stability as well as providing financial support to a family is a monstrous task for anyone, let alone a single unemployed mother under the age of 19. According to a s

Buying lunch boxes and diapers, providing emotional and housing stability as well...

Dance and Demonstration


#FeesMustFall2016 Hand claps. Whistles. Methodic footsteps and lyrics revealing a deep historical...

“The Making of a Criminal”

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The Making of a Criminal theatrical production written and performed by the inmates...

Power, Strength, Dignity: Surviving Rape

o many, rape is believed to occur in dark corners to intoxicated women wearing short skirts – women who are asking for it. And yet, this is only the stereotypical idea of rape, one in an array of ways in which sexual assault occurs. According to statistic, 41 percent of all rapes reported in South Africa are perpetrated against children (one of the highest in the world). In a study conducted by

To many, rape is believed to occur in dark corners to intoxicated...

An Art Tide Replaces Apartheid: Healing through Performance

p class="p1">Art can take on various forms, ranging from an aesthetically pleasing spectacle to a possession of the wealthy, and from music to dance. But one of the reasons art is so popular is that it takes on a central role in times of political instability— often cropping up in unexpected places throughout turbulent periods of history. According to

Art can take on various forms, ranging from an aesthetically pleasing spectacle...

They are Truly Grand Mothers: Gogo’s Raising Children in Cape Town: The Gogo Diaries- Season 7, Episode 8

p class="p1">Many people equate old age with relaxing at the beach and vacationing- they dream of the day that they will retire. Under favorable circumstances, this vision is not far from the reality. For many grandparents in South Africa, however, particularly grandmothers, this is not the case. Due to death (from various causes, such as HIV), drugs, and deliberate child abandonment, grandmothers in various locales in South Africa are forced to raise their grandchildren alone. In one research article entitled

Many people equate old age with relaxing at the beach and vacationing-...


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Not In Whose Name?  Exploring Censorship in South Africa Because of the...

Protests Against Uber Take a New Turn

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BREAKING NEWS: Protests against Uber in Cape Town’s City Bowl As recently...

Flashback Blog Post: UCT On Fire: Season 6 Episode 52

This past February, the Department of Higher Education and Training expressed that...

Masiphumelele Film Recap

he silent, rolling hills of the Cape Peninsula engulf the buzzing community of Masiphumelele. Indeed, the landscape provides a contrast between the quiet luxury communities of Capri Village and Sunnydale that perch on its peaks, and the valley that contains the lively streets of Masiphumelele, known to locals simply as “Masi.” The peninsula is home to the poorest members of the Western Cape region, but also to the richest members of the province- but these roles are flipped depending on how one defines “rich” and “poor”. Yes, the stately columns of the mansions that flank the hills are gorgeous- but a sense of ubuntu is lacking on the deserted streets of Capri. Just across the street, people spill out from their homes onto the lanes of Masi, carrying babies on their backs, chatting with shopkeepers, and playing sports. Everyone seems to know each other, and moreover, wants to converse with each other- privacy is not a concept in Masi. While privacy is jealously guarded in many wealthy neighborhoods, these neighborhoods lack the hum of a tiny township in which energy is infectious and makes you want to get up from your TV and just live. This is the beauty of Masi- a town of water and fire. Street Talk TV has been exploring Masiphumelele, and documenting the unique qualities of the town. We have spoken with members of a rugby program in town, the manager of a local creche, and various residents of the town. Each resident plays a unique and purposeful role in the makeup of the community. They exemplify the “fire”, or spirit, of the community, despite the floods of water that they have endured, both literally and metaphorically. Stay tuned to hear their stories. -Roz KennyBirch

The silent, rolling hills of the Cape Peninsula engulf the buzzing community...

The LGBTQ Community in South Africa- Season 1, Episode 12, Gay and Proud of It

In approximately 1968, the apartheid regime shifted their focus from persecuting blacks...

Opportunities in Communities

p class="p1">After the fall of the apartheid system, the first post-apartheid housing minister, Joe Slovo, followed suggestions from the

After the fall of the apartheid system, the first post-apartheid housing minister,...

Gangsterism in South Africa

p class="p1">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.

Gangsterism is a much discussed topic in South Africa, but although there...

HIV Defaulting Part 1- Season 6 Episode 21

p class="p1">There has been a consistently large number of reports of people defaulting on their medication who are HIV positive in South Africa. As recently as March 24th, 2016, the city of uMhlathuze in KwaZulu-Natal alone had approximately 500 HIV/AIDS patients default on ARVs, drugs that slow or prevent the growth of the virus. In 2013, the DA informed the public that over 4000 HIV/AIDS patients living in Gauteng had defaulted on the treatment since 2011. Alarmingly, a 2015 STATSSA report on HIV/AIDS found that “most respondents (to their survey) aged 15 and older (76.5%) believed they were at a low risk of getting infected with HIV. Yet about one in ten who believed they were at low risk for acquiring HIV infection were already infected with HIV but didn't know it. Knowledge of how HIV is transmitted and prevented declined from 30.3% in 2008 to 26.8% in 2012 (Shisana et al., 2014).” There could be a correlation between this research and high levels of defaulting on medication in South Africa, because if a patient is not convinced that the medication that they are on is preventing the disease from growing, then they are less likely to take the medication. Thus, the fact that the knowledge of HIV prevention has been decreasing could also make the percentage of those defaulting on their ARVs go up. The National Strategic Plan has drawn up various goals to address these issues by 2016, including “to reduce self-reported stigma related to HIV and TB by 50%,” “to reduce new HIV infections by, at least, half (50%) using a combination of available and new prevention methods,” and “ (to) address the social and structural barriers to HIV, STI and TB prevention, care and impact.” Indeed, talking about HIV/AIDS is a taboo subject in many areas of the country. Yet these objectives have not eradicated the problems that stem from HIV/AIDS in South Africa.

There has been a consistently large number of reports of people defaulting...

In quest for Land

Land Reformation and Redistribution The land is an integral part of each...

Racism in South Africa: The perspectives of Coloured people Post-Apartheid: Season 7, Episode 1

Marike de Klerk, the former wife of F.W. de Klerk, made an...

Prejudice against Rastas

p class="p1">In the early 1900s, community leaders such as Marcus Garvey wanted to create black unity and a culture of respect for Africa, a continent that Garvey believed had wrongly been split up, both geographically and culturally, by European colonizers. He believed that a black Messiah would come. When Prince Ras Tafari Makonnen (Haile Selassie I) was crowned Emperor of Ethiopia in 1930, many blacks saw this as a sign of redemption for their race, and thus, the peaceful religion of Rastafari was born.

In the early 1900s, community leaders such as Marcus Garvey wanted to...

Brothers for All

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In 2014, a Health24 article reported that the Correctional Services Department would...

Rape Survivors Part 2 Recap

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Rape Survivors Part Two Episode Recap Former Western Cape Provincial Police Commissioner...

Inferior Education Post-Apartheid

p class="p1">In our latest documentary episode, “Inferior Education post Apartheid,” members of the community discussed some of the main problems that surround the education system in South Africa. Transportation, educator training, and diversity of extracurriculars available at schools were some of the top concerns that people mentioned. Indeed, these issues are not so different from the issues that various statistics point to. In a 2015 School Realities Report by EMIS, researchers found that from 2013-2015, the number of learners across South African provinces increased by 2.8%, but the number of educators decreased by 2.1%. It is difficult for educators to teach larger numbers of students, and teachers can also be turned off to the profession because of lack of training and large class sizes. People that were interviewed in the documentary pointed to these problems as well. Sithembele Zwayi claimed that one of his teachers “wasn’t sure what he was going to preach in front of the class.” But rather then expressing his anger towards the teacher, Zwayi recognized it was not his fault that he was unsure of what to teach, but the fault of those ensuring that he received proper training.

In our latest documentary episode, “Inferior Education post Apartheid,” members of the...

Artscape Outreach In Worcester

n 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 !

On October 19th, ARTSCAPE, Cape Town’s no 1 centre of arts and...


n 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.

On the 15 of  October  hundreds of gogos and young women joined...

Fees Must Fall

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Student Protests in Cape Town For a week the universities of the...

My First Time

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Heideveld High, Y2K College and Vista High: The Scalabrini Screening

his past Friday, 21 August, Street Talk in collaboration with

This past Friday, 21 August, Street Talk in collaboration with STEPS, together...

Vrygrond – Where Rainbows Meet

Vrygrond is a multi-cultural community where the vast majority of its members...

From Talk to Action

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“Vision without action is merely a dream…vision with action can change the...

Gearing Up for Women’s Month

n August we celebrate the strength and courage of the thousands of South African women who marched in protest against Apartheid Pass Laws. Their influence still impacts our country today. With Women's Day in mind, the Street Talk team has been working hard to bring you the issues that matter most in our diverse society. Here’s just a taste of what you can expect in our upcoming episodes:

In August we celebrate the strength and courage of the thousands of...

Richard Mills on air with Cliff Central’s Arye Kellman

ilm director, activist and co-founder of Street Talk,

Film director, activist and co-founder of Street Talk, Richard Mills joined’s...

Provocative, Shocking, Hilarious….Sex Talk

esterday, we hosted the exclusive screening and launch of the fun, frank and entertaining series - Sex Talk. A weekly, studio based show that sets out to shatter the silence and jumpstart a conversation about, yes, you guessed it, sex. The event took place at the vibrant iKhaya Lodge in Gardens, Cape Town. The audience reaction was phenomenal; a mixture of gasps and roars of laughter. After the screening, star panelists; 702 and Cape Talk Radio personality,

Yesterday, we hosted the exclusive screening and launch of the fun, frank and...

Street Talk Launches Provocative New Series: Sex Talk

ccording to Statistics SA, 2011, “South Africa has the worst known figures of gender based violence for a country not at war. Every third South African woman can expect to be sexually violated in her lifetime. The rate of teenage pregnancy in South Africa is amongst the highest in the world, and sexually transmitted diseases, such as HIV/ AIDS, affects almost 11% of South Africans.” It was these frightening statistics that inspired the creators of the award winning television series, Street Talk, to conceptualise a new television programme,

According to Statistics SA, 2011, “South Africa has the worst known figures...

Award winning activists launch controversial documentary

p class="p1">Despite the cold weather, the who’s who of Cape Town came out to the exclusive screening and launch of Street Talk’s provocative new documentary, ‘Shane’. The event was hosted at the iKhaya Lodge in Gardens on Wednesday, 24 June.

Despite the cold weather, the who’s who of Cape Town came out...

Introducing ‘Shane’: An Autobiography on Film

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This week, we will be introducing a 30-minute documentary – ‘Shane’, a portrait...

Street Talk selected for Transgender Film Festival

Season 3 Episode 36

We are excited to announce that one of our episodes has been...

A Bite of the Big Apple

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‘Concrete jungle where dreams are made of There’s nothin’ you can’t do...


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