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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Season Season 1


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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Gay Men

Season 1 Episode 51

Wed, 1 Oct 2014 7:30pm

Over an intimate dinner in the Cape Quarter, a group of gays talk about love, fidelity and marriage.

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Gangsters Against Crime

Season 1 Episode 50

Thu, 3 Nov 2016 7:00pm

GuA group of ex gangsgters from Gugs have formed an NGO called Gangsters Against Crime (GAC ) and and are trying to stop gang warfare amongst the youth in their neighbourhood

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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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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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Season 1 Episode 47

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 7:30pm

The oppression of black people and their feelings about this. Apartheid….is it gone?

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Season 1 Episode 46

Sat, 20 Sep 2014 7:30pm

(continuation of 42). The cast of the play tell how Tik has destroyed their communities.

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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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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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Season 1 Episode 43

Thu, 6 Oct 2016 7:00pm

Young doctors from government hospitals tell hair-raising stories of the dysfunctional state of our health service.

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Season 1 Episode 42

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 7:00pm

“It’s the lack of morals nowadays because if that’s my occupation, it comes with responsibilities….I have people’s children….when it comes to taxi queens….I need to be safe and I need to treat them with respect……that’s what I feel is lacking”

“At the moment its grown folks telling children that ‘taxi queenirism’ is wrong, what about telling [the adult]…that’s unacceptable”

Seven performers from the youth group ComArt (Community Arts Association) – based in Elsies River – speak about their inspiration for the Artscape production Shapes of Me. They identify the stories told in the play, from losing a friend to being a ‘taxi queen’, to understanding the challenges that poverty presents.

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Season 1 Episode 41

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 7:15pm

“Its been 15 years black people have been free, but the problem is economically we are not free at all. We’ve been oppressed for over 300 years so we can’t remedy the situation in 15 years…..economically we are still far behind”

Seven men on strike talk about the economic conditions that led them to take drastic action against their employees. They speak of the current Government’s failure to correct the inequalities of the past, the recession, retrenchment and the questionable form of outsourcing known as Labour brokering.

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Season 1 Episode 40

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 7:00pm

“Living in a township, its very horrible, its terrible….you engage in a lot of things….street fights, drugs, alcohol….caused by peer pressure….depends on family background….no one’s around to say hey don’t do it”

Don’t miss this heated conversation about township life where many youths are raised in an environment poised for substance abuse. They raise crucial questions about the effectiveness of support systems meant to eradicate the issue of drug addiction but that neglect to address the broader societal issues.

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The Disabled

Season 1 Episode 39

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

“Its almost as if the onus lies on us to be disability activists…its like saying only women should fight for women’s rights, only people with HIV/AIDS should be fighting for their rights…it is an issue of society. What concerns me most is when you have educated people or the closest people to you…spent time with you know the barriers, know the issues they still don’t get it sometimes and sometimes too many times”

From medical discrimination during the Apartheid Era to taxi violence, five otherly abled South Africans speak of their experiences of living with a disability. They speak of the social implications of being otherly abled in both their personal and public lives. They discuss relationships, employment, and their shared desire to see disability being acknowledged in society as an issue that contributes to an unequal society.

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Kalk Bay

Season 1 Episode 38

Fri, 8 Aug 2014 7:30pm

“If you say your generation, you cant change what you feel then just don’t say things…because when you say them you put it out there and the kids pick up on that…I’ve seen with my own brother’s kids, the way he talks and what they pick up….their attitudes are the same as his and its not gonna get them anywhere in this world”

In Kalk Bay, 7 white South Africans discuss a number of issues, from Homophobia to the atrocious state of our housing development these South Africans get real about the state of our country.

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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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Season 1 Episode 36

Mon, 4 Aug 2014 7:30pm

Elderly discuss their viewpoints on life. How things have changed and the the youth of today

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Kalk Bay Fisherman

Season 1 Episode 35

Fri, 1 Aug 2014 7:30pm

“Its not an easy life on Kalk Bay harbour”

“….as a fisher wife….if you think about it, its actually quite scary cause you don’t know whether he’s coming back or not. And what do they come back with? Measly earnings, that will probably last for the week….the government should give the quotas to the people that need it…not people sitting in offices”

With new laws and restrictions in place, Cape Fishermen are finding it harder and harder to make a living, struggling to make due with measly earnings. At the Kalk Bay Harbour, fishermen tell of the personal impact government imposed fishing quotas have had on their families and economic standing.

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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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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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The Book Called “Open”

Season 1 Episode 32

Wed, 9 Jul 2014 7:30pm

“…there are obvious power imbalances in just about every sphere of life…and I don’t like to demonise men…..but I do think that we do alter ourselves to fit into those male power structures and are very self conscious about how we appear to men in our behaviour, appearance and sexuality”

“we have to ask ourselves as mothers of sons, how are we raising our men? How are we teaching them to honour women? To relate to women, to fear women, to scorn women?…..we have a huge responsibility. It’s very easy to jump on a bandwagon and demonise men …we interact with men everyday, how are we doing this in a way that challenges our societies”

‘Open: An erotic anthology by South African women writers’ was published in 2008, we sat down with seven writers as they discuss their contributions to the book. The writers, some of them mothers, talk extensively on women’s sexuality, how it is defined in our society and the example they want to set for their own daughters and sons.

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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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Politics – Leadership

Season 1 Episode 30

Fri, 4 Jul 2014 7:30pm

“…..we’re in government and now we have something that we’ve never had before which is the responsibility of power…..we really have to look at how we’ve done in power because we did really brilliantly to claim the power but what have we done with it that’s the question….it seems like a really critical moment in time. Every liberation movement reaches its sell by date….”

A group of South African professionals of various ages and races speak retrospectively about the good old days of sacrifice, struggle and resistance. They ask hard-hitting questions about South Africa’s transition from oppressive regime to democratic state, challenging the choices and decisions made by former leaders, whilst reflecting on a way forward that is inclusive of all South Africans.

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Trust and Safe Sex

Season 1 Episode 29

Wed, 2 Jul 2014 7:30pm

“….he’s got the power in the relationship…he’s not going to let his wife tell him that he has to use a condom”

“….they want to dominate but they’re dominating without much to contribute…..and yet I’m the one paying the bills here, I’m the one with the job…taking care of the kid…and yet you’re freelancing….you’re using my car….you’re staying in my house but then you still want to come and tell me how to live my life….”

Three women talk about the societal imbalances that exist between men and women. Specifically focusing on the power dynamics in intimate relationships, they discuss condom use within committed relationships, infidelity and the vulnerability women face in our patriarchal society.

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Season 1 Episode 28

Fri, 20 Jun 2014 7:30pm

Community workers in Atlantis tell how the breakdown of the family structure has led to rampant drug use and gangsterism.

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Writer’s Thought

Season 1 Episode 27

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 7:30pm

Dinner with three of Cape Town’s leading writers, who discuss the city’s history, its literature and the lack of transformation compared to Jo’burg.

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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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Youth Unemployment- Khayelitsha

Season 1 Episode 25

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 7:30pm

A group of friends discuss and share their despondency with the lack of jobs for the youth of today.

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Touching Base with Race

Season 1 Episode 24

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 7:15pm

Young professional black women tell how rampant racism affects their lives in Cape Town.

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Symphony Way Part 2

Season 1 Episode 23

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 7:00pm

120 families, a mixture of, Xhosa, Coloureds, Muslims and Christians, have set up their shacks on the pavements of Symphony Way.  Tired of waiting for over 10 years for new homes the government promised, they moved into empty RDP homes, only to be evicted by force by the police and have ended up living on the pavement.

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Students Views

Season 1 Episode 22

Four white university students compare S.Africa to countries overseas they have visited and think we are better off here than most people think. They are optimistic about the future of the country and feel that racism is no longer a problem but rather ” classism ” is the big challenge.

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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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Guzzlers Pub Part 1

Season 1 Episode 19


Thu, 13 Feb 2014 5:00pm

“You want to take the Springbok emblem away and replace with the Protea….it was the national flower as oppose to the national animal under that Era any way so I mean, where are they going?”

“You have to remember that……your government used to be white…you had the Springboks, you had the flag, you had Apartheid….now your government is predominately black. They’re not trying to change anything, you don’t really have a revolution so everything is still fine, but you must know that the old flag represents Apartheid, the Springbok…..a lot of symbols and emblems represent Apartheid”

At a pub in a working class suburb 6 white South Africans discuss the pros and cons of the country since the end of Apartheid. Mid way, they’re joined by a straight talking black South African woman who introduces a new topic: Are changes really welcomed when those changes no longer serve the status quo?

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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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Role Models

Season 1 Episode 17

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 7:15pm

“….politicians are fighting for power, they are bringing people down….we’re watching them, they’re doing that, why can’t we?”

“…we have surroundings that in a way influence us but at the end of the day we’re the ones who make the choices”

“….if a parent is doing something wrong is it easy for you to just get up and do what’s right?”

Eight students from Langa High speak passionately about role models, or the lack there of, in society today. They argue for and against the impact of family upbringing and other societal role models, exploring how we are defined and shaped by our earliest experiences. What we learn from these bright sparks is that as much as we are defined by our earliest examples, there is always choice.

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Life after Addiction

Season 1 Episode 16

Thu, 6 Feb 2014 5:00pm

“You’re like a slave but you don’t know it”

“…I woke up, I was full of blood……and I thought no man, I don’t want to live like this”

Drug addiction plagues our communities, but addiction is merely a symptom of greater social ills. Wayne, Alston and Craig got caught up in Cape Town’s gang and drug culture at an early age. They discuss their struggle to lead normal lives after years of addiction, gang activity and various stints in prison.They describe the moments which led them to sobriety.

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Drama Students – Vida E Caffe’

Season 1 Episode 15

Wed, 5 Feb 2014 5:00pm

Young drama students talk about racism, the generation gap and their hopes and dreams.

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Old aged

Season 1 Episode 14


It’s not easy being old in Dunoon. These old timers recount tales of living in fear of rape, robbery and violence. What makes it particularly horrible is that they are often victims of their own relatives. Vulnerable and lonely they paint a tragic picture of growing old.

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A Black President

Season 1 Episode 13


The day after Barak Obama was elected president a random group of customers at the Long Street Cafe give their reactions. Almost all in favour, hoping that he will set an example to our president. One young intellectual disagrees seeing Obama as an agent of capitalism and a puppet of the military/industrial complex.

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Gay and Proud of it!

Season 1 Episode 12

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 12:00am


A braai with a bunch of racially mixed dykes. The ” D” word is OK with them because as proud lesbians they have taken ownership of it. With searing frankness they let it all hang out discussing who does what to whom, bisexuality, jealously and parental disapproval. A truly educational conversation.

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Child abuse

Season 1 Episode 11

Sat, 25 Jan 2014 5:00pm

Five residents of Langa, the oldest township in Cape Town, speak about the challenges their community faces on a daily basis.

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Season 1 Episode 10

Abigail, Miryam, Nazeema, Fatima and Ishmael, all children living in illegal informal settlement share their experiences of being evicted from RDP houses that they occupied. They speak of police brutality, their parents fight for housing and the struggle to survive living on the pavement in modern day South Africa.

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Afrikaanerdom post-apartheid

Season 1 Episode 9


Earnie, Chantelle and Rosen, all students, share their views on national pride, patriotism, the media and the future of Afrikaanerdom in post-apartheid South African.

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Season 1 Episode 8

Sat, 18 Jan 2014 5:00pm


Eight Capetonians share stories on their experiences of township life and discuss the difficulty of dealing with some government departments, as well as the problem of alcoholism in the community and the shame of being on a state grant.


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Langa Ladies on Township Life

Season 1 Episode 7

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 5:00pm

Langa’s premier fashion designer, Juliet, and a group of her friends share their experiences of personal safety, sexual violence, sexuality and the breakdown of the social fabric in the townships.

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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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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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Season 1 Episode 4

Thu, 9 Jan 2014 5:00pm

“Everybody got carried away with South African history and history being made and romanticism and one man…trying to save the world, but point being it was a short lived honey moon”

“We had the hope of democracy…the African National Congress it stood for change, relinquishing of poverty, rights for people and I don’t know what happened quite honestly because I don’t blame them for any of the corruption…What I do blame them for, the only thing, is that they did nothing for their own people. We didn’t get socialism, we didn’t get a fair deal for everybody and we have millions of unemployable, uneducated people who are hungry”

Jessica “a born again hooligan”, Kip a “retired” Brit, Stellenbosch based Roshen and Mark, recently returned from Australia, speak of their sense of alienation, their good deeds and affirmative action in South Africa.

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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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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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Sizwe’s friends on politics and racism

Season 1 Episode 1

“Everyone here knows crime….everyday someone gets robbed….crime does not start here in our community, its starts in Parliament, they also commit crime”

“Pregnancy’s a competition here….because of this grant money…..they don’t spend it on their children, they spend it on alcohol”

From crime and corruption, to pregnancy and grant money defrauding, young people from Site B in Khayelitsha talk about life as they know it. Speaking from the township perspective, they reflect on the present whilst dreaming of future success.

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