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 6


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.

State of the Nation

Season 6 Episode 48

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:00am


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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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Fathers and Sons

Season 6 Episode 47

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:00am

Mothers and Daughters

Season 6 Episode 46

Thu, 8 Jun 2017 12:00am

Young Site B residents they talking about their relationship with their mothers.

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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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Bread For Life

Season 6 Episode 43

Tue, 6 Jun 2017 12:00am


Season 6 Episode 42

Thu, 1 Jun 2017 12:00am

Seven participants they are telling us about their first time in menstruation in a group discussion and how was their reaction on that.

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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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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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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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Hands Off Our Grant March

Season 6 Episode 38

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00am

On 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.

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Fees Must Fall March

Season 6 Episode 37

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:00am

For a week the universities of the Western Cape and the rest of the country were in turmoil.

Tens of thousand of students protested against the government’s announcement that they were going to increase the fees for tertiary education.

Campuses were shut down. Lectures cancelled and riot police shot water cannon,tear gas, rubber bullet and stun grenades at protesting students.

Street Talk took its cameras to parliament where the police use violence against the students marchers and then later recorded a conversation between seven students protesters who discuss the issues behind the march and what they think the University administrations and government must do.

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Bullying in school

Season 6 Episode 35

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00am


A group of leaners from 3 different school in Cape Town are discussing Bullying they find in schools amongst fellow learners and teachers.

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Anti Corruption March

Season 6 Episode 36

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:00am

Six activist who share their views on the rampant corruption in South Africa,saying if our leaders weren’t so corrupt we would live in a better South Africa. They argue that it’s not only our government that is corrupt, it also happens in the private sector.

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Artscape High School Drama

Season 6 Episode 34

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:00am

The Brackenfell students are discussing racism and how it affects them. They also tell how they can’t even go and study where they want because of the racial war we have here in South Africa. They also discuss how important it is to take responsibility for your own life and not blame the government for everything that is wrong. They maintain that if a white person calls a black person ” stupid ” it’s a racist remark, but if a white person calls another white person stupid, it’s not.

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Racism in Schools

Season 6 Episode 32

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:00am


A group of leaners from 3 different school in Cape Town are discussing racism they find in schools amongst fellow learners and teachers.

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Artscape High School Drama

Season 6 Episode 33

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:00am

Brackenfell High School Drama students share their views about drama, how it has helped their lives and how drama is perceived in the community and the support they get from their families.

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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Safety and Security in Mitchells Plain

Season 6 Episode 30

Thu, 11 May 2017 12:00am

Mitchells Plain is a largely coloured township, 32 km away from the city of Cape Town; the Architecture of Apartheid and one of South Africa’s largest townships. Its residents are plagued by crime, gangsterism and drug addiction. We join 6 Mitchells Plain residents as they share the challenges of their community.

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The Hip Hop Generation

Season 6 Episode 29

Thu, 11 May 2017 12:00am



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Woman in Business

Season 6 Episode 28

Tue, 9 May 2017 7:30pm


Women’s role in society is slowly shifting from the domestic to the commercial, but the transition has not been easy; cultural and social conditioning to blame? In Woman Up! Four businesswomen talk about their experience of climbing the corporate ladder whilst maintaining house and home.

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Women Talk Books

Season 6 Episode 27

Tue, 9 May 2017 12:00am


In our fast paced modern world, books seem ancient, seemingly only able to hold the attention of bored housewives, and pubescent romantics. Four women, each with a life changing experience with books, talk about why reading is essential in our multimedia society.


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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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Afrikaner Youth

Season 6 Episode 25

Thu, 4 May 2017 12:00am

“As a child I felt really ashamed of being Afrikaans. I hated it, but then I met so many [Afrikaans] people who weren’t judgmental”

The race debate is complicated, with conversations happening on all sides. For white South Africans with Afrikaans roots, the conversation includes topics of white privilege and inherited guilt. These 7 Young Afrikaners would like to change current perceptions of ‘boere’, from racists by default to just regular South Africans struggling to find their place in our rainbow nation.

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Girls Play Rugby

Season 6 Episode 24

Sat, 8 Aug 2015 8:30pm

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Heidelberg Kids

Season 6 Episode 23

Sat, 1 Aug 2015 8:30pm


Aah to be young; we can all relate to being young and full of hope, and these eight teens, from the small town of Heidelberg, are no different. Here they discuss the limitations of small town life, finishing school, and their  big dreams for the future.

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HIV Defaulting Part 2

Season 6 Episode 22

Sat, 25 Jul 2015 8:30pm

‘Reality is, you meet [someone]… get butterflies….everything goes very [fast]….no condoms, no one is thinking about them….you both don’t know your HIV status, and even if you are both HIV negative, there are STIs…its not easy”

“Sometimes, it’s hard to disclose, you don’t know what the person is going to think about you”

In the second installment of HIV Defaulters, the group discusses the social realities of the HIV virus; the tremendous fear of rejection when disclosing to a new love, the stigma from your community, and the consequences of being dishonest in relationships.

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HIV Defaulting Part 1

Season 6 Episode 21

Sat, 18 Jul 2015 8:30pm


Some of us drink…you [go out] till 2 o clock in the morning, you forget to take your pills…sometimes its work, you don’t have time to go to the clinic…[some] places don’t work with someone who is HIV positive”

“I see many people who are defaulting…they get sick, they die”

Defaulting; an alarming development where HIV positive patients default on their ARV treatment, some blame pill fatigue, the demands of a social life, and fear of stigma in the work place. A group consisting of both HIV councillors and HIV positive patients discuss the varying factors.

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Reddam House

Season 6 Episode 20

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:00am


“Why are so many black people still living in the slums……when we’ve had the laws to facilitate growth and progression for twenty years…not much has happened in those twenty years”

South Africa is considered to have one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, and yet the country is wrought with social, political and economic challenges. A sentiment shared by the Matriculants of Reddam House Altantic Seaboard. In this episode they share their views on racism, class structure and poor service delivery in our country.

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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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Looking Back: Retirees Reflect

Season 6 Episode 17

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 7:00pm


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Teens Talk State of the Nation

Season 6 Episode 16

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 7:00pm

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Teens Talk Dating

Season 6 Episode 15

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:00am

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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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Rhodes Must Fall

Season 6 Episode 14

Tue, 26 May 2015 9:00pm


“UCT has been a very elitist, very white supremacist institution and exalting figures like Cecil John Rhodes just instills that message…we are trying to create a University environment that all students can find pride in”

“In many ways we’ve seen some degrees of diversity on campus but does that mean that we have cultural acceptance? Does that mean that we have social acceptance? Does it mean that all cultures, values, viewpoints and traditions are valued equally?”

Imperialist, colonialist and tyrant? For many, the legacy of Cecil John Rhodes conjures images of white supremacy and oppression, these are the sentiments shared by the UCT students campaigning for the removal of the statue of Cecil John Rhodes from their campus. But their vision for change far surpasses that of the mere removal of a symbol of past injustice. Ultimately, the students are seeking to escalate social and economic change across the sectors of their university becoming a model for much-needed change throughout the country.

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SA Youth: Politicians Not For Us

Season 6 Episode 12

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00am


“You are privileged to be staying in South Africa because there are countries far worst than us, but the problem is our leaders are very corrupt”

“…starting a political party is business and that’s South Africa, its all about business not about people”

A civil duty or an utter waste of time? Listening to these four South African youths one could easily come to the conclusion that they have lost all faith in the electoral process, largely blaming a so called failing and corrupt government. But what about the power of the voter? Watch this episode as our participants discuss corrupt politics, current and past leadership and the power (or lack thereof) of the vote.

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Ndiyindoda: I Am a Man

Season 6 Episode 11

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 12:00am


Marked by ceremonies, ritual activities and cultural practices – the rite of passage is a universally understood concept; signaling and celebrating the transition from one phase of life to another. In South Africa, and specifically within the Xhosa culture, Initiation is a revered tradition and an ancient rite of passage. In this episode we filmed a group of Xhosa men, some recently initiated, along with their fathers and grandfathers as they discuss the morals and values that are rooted within the cultural practice.

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Battered Women’s Rights Ignored

Season 6 Episode 10

Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:00pm


Klapmuts, a small village between Kraaifontein and Paarl, has experienced an abnormal amount of crime. Most alarming is the amount of violent acts inflicted on the women of Klapmuts. In this episode, 4 brave women share their tragic stories – in the hopes of raising awareness around these disturbing occurrences.

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The Rude Bitches Gang

Season 6 Episode 9

Tue, 14 Apr 2015 10:00pm

“Here in our area…in Freedom Park you don’t have to be a gangster… you still get shot at…you still get stabbed…you still get hurt”

“They shoot at our children at all hours of the night. And the police are phoned but they never turn up, so we step in and handle things ourselves. We call ourselves Rude Girls”

It’s a hard knock life for the women of the Rude Bitches Gang, the mothers, girlfriends and friends of the Rude Boy Gang. Be a fly on the wall as they describe their lives, managing to be both hilarious and tragic, these are the Rude Bitches of Freedom Park

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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 2

Season 6 Episode 7

Tue, 4 Apr 2017 12:00am

“I feel like black women are doing more for themselves, they’re becoming more independent and responsible. I do look up to a lot of black women who are trying to make it out there. I am proud of our women in South Africa”

Charlie’s Angels have nothing on Sesethu, Ziyanda, Noluvo, Nomzamo and Zikhona. The ladies from Adapting to Varsity Life: Great Expectations had so much to say about life as an ambitious woman. Here they address relationships and women in  power.

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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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Season 6 Episode 5

Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:00pm

“When people envy you…..instead of wanting to understand how you got there or how you achieved what you achieved….they hate you for being that person or they [set] a trap for you so that you fall”

“A man can be very jealous but he’ll keep it inside…he’ll never express it”

“These days many women befriend men rather than women because women have too many issues when it comes to jealousy”

We’ve all felt the cold stab of jealousy and envy at some point in our lives; the shadow side of our human nature. For Zintle, Ntombekhaya, Mkhululi, Zininzi and Zuzo they’ve had more than a few run ins with this nasty vice, within themselves, other people and in romantic relationships.

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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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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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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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