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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Bullying

Season 7 Episode 52

Wed, 17 May 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 20 May 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

School bullying is a type of bullying that occurs either inside or outside of school. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or emotional and is usually repeated over a period of time.
In schools, bullying occurs in all areas. It can occur in nearly any part in or around the school building, though it more often occurs during school breaks, in hallways, bathrooms, on school buses and waiting for buses, classes that require group work and/or after school activities.

Bullying in school sometimes consists of a group of learners taking advantage of or isolating one learner in particular and gaining the loyalty of bystanders who want to avoid becoming the next victim.

Young school students from different backgrounds gather together to share their personal experiences of being bullied in and outside school premises.

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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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Interracial relationship part 4

Season 7 Episode 49

Fri, 19 May 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

 

When it comes to interracial relationships, the people who’ve been there will tell you there can definitely be struggles.

5 woman gather together from interracial relationship to talk about attraction in an interracial relationships and the obstacles they encounter daily that they were not expecting.

 

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Interracial relationship part 3

Season 7 Episode 48

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

Children are always listening, absorbing, and learning, and though kids don’t know it, they had entered the real world—the one where everyone is measured, but not everyone is judged on the same scale.

Identity is a complex thing, and something children will come to question, navigate, craft, and ultimately claim one day.

These 5 woman gather together to talk about their biracial kids, how they go about in their every day life sharing their personal stories.

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Zuma Phantsi!

Season 7 Episode 47

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 15 Apr 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

Thousands of people gear up to take to the streets across to voice their discontent about government and to call for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

A group of 6 protesters voice out why they were marching on Parliament on friday.

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Fire next time

Season 7 Episode 46

Wed, 5 Apr 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 8 Apr 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

More than 200 people are without shelter after several informal structures in Mandela Park at Hout Bay were destroyed by fire. Residents gather together to talk about how the government is failing to provide necessary help regarding the fire incidents and the governments lack of communication with the people.

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Interracial relationship part 2

Season 7 Episode 45

Sat, 13 May 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

 

A research in South Africa showing the growing visibility of diverse couples reflects a global trend and backs the idea that millennials – those born between the year 1980 and the early 2000s – are the most tolerant generation yet.

A 2010 study by the America-based Pew Research Centre found that people have “grown increasingly accepting of interracial dating and marriage. This shift in opinion has been driven both by attitude change among individuals generally and by the fact that over the period, successive generations have reached adulthood with more racially liberal views than earlier generations.”

The cultural differences are something all couples in diverse relationships experience, learn about and accept about their partners. Dating someone from a different race exposes you to cultures that you otherwise might be closed off from.

5 woman gather together to talk about mix race relationship, sharing their views about sending their kids to an Initiation, personal stories and their views.

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Interracial relationships

Season 7 Episode 44

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

Mixed-race relationships are becoming more and more common every day, though there are still some places where it might earn you a side-eye or two. Some people are afraid to date outside of their race because they don’t know what to expect. Others are either uncomfortable with it, or it has never occurred to them.

Not everyone will be accepting of an interracial relationship, that doesn’t have to affect who you choose to be with. 5 woman gather together to talk about mix race relationship, sharing their personal stories and their views.

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InZync poetry: Expression of feelings

Season 7 Episode 43

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 18 Mar 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

The InZync Poetry Sessions has been dubbed, the place where the poetries meet. Bringing together various literary traditions onto one stage.

Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own.

Young poets gather together to talk about what poetry means to them and where they get their inspirations.

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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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Youth, Activating for Change Part 4

Season 7 Episode 40

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 25 Feb 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

Activate! Change drivers young leaders talk about what they think about the future of this country.

Hard work and perseverance is key. With the right balance, we can drive this country to victory.

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Youth, Activating for Change Part 3

Season 7 Episode 39

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 18 Feb 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

“The reason we don’t feel a sense of belonging is because we don’t understand ourselves first. ” Zilungile Zimela. You can’t build a society purely on interests, you need a sense of belonging.

This is a time for bold measures. This is the country, and the youth is the generation.

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Youth, Activating for Change Part 2

Season 7 Episode 38

Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation. Empowered, they can be key agents for development and peace. If, however, they are left on society’s margins, all of us will be impoverished. Let us ensure that all young people have every opportunity to participate fully in the lives of their societies.

It is the young peoples duty to go back to the communities try to equip were they can, and not waiting for the government to do something. “People who are subject to do something are not doing anything about it” Zilungile Zimela. The is a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that they may be directed their power toward good ends.

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Youth, Activating for Change

Season 7 Episode 37

Wed, 1 Feb 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 4 Feb 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

ACTIVATE! is a network of young leaders equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa. Connecting youth who have the skills, sense of self and spark to address tough challenges and initiate innovative and creative solutions that can reshape our society. The network is made up of about 20 000 young people.

Young leaders discussing key issues facing the youth, importance of government engaging with the people and ways to alleviate youth unemployment and promote accountability within the government it self. “When you hear other young peoples stories you don’t become envious, you start to realise that its possible, all these dreams that you have are possible and it affirms that you are actually an Activist and are driving Change” Gcobani Jombile

Be the change you want to see.

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Artscape Outreach: Reaching Out

Season 7 Episode 36

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 28 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

In October 2016, Cape Town’s very own Artscape Theater performed during a special outreach weekend in Clanwilliam. They brought in performers ranging from ballerinas, to hip hop dancers and opera singers. Showcasing their talents to a captivated audience, these performers were given to opportunity to share their love for artistic expression with township locals. Facilitated by Marlene le Roux, this is a highly anticipated event for the community and a multitude of young and old come out for the show.

Every performer has a unique outlook and approach to creativity. Some have even overcome physical disabilities to become professional dancers and are an inspiration for those who are lucky enough to watch their talents unfold onstage. Sharing these insights with individuals from township communities is crucial and, unfortunately, a very rare occurrence. Emphasis on music, art and performance takes a backstage to act of moving through lives filled with poverty, violence and inequality.

Yet, there is merit in creative self-expression that offers a chance to transcend or work through emotions correlated to such experiences. Artscape Outreach has began to build this bridge.

 

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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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Artscape Rural Outreach 2016

Season 7 Episode 33

Wed, 28 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 31 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

 

In October 2016, Cape Town’s very own Artscape Theater performed during a special outreach weekend in Clan William. They brought in performers ranging from ballerinas, to hip hop dancers and opera singers. Showcasing their talents to a captivated audience, these performers were given to opportunity to share their love for artistic expression with township locals. Facilitated by Marlene le Roux, this is a highly anticipated event for the community and a multitude of young and old come out for the show.

Every performer has a unique outlook and approach to creativity. Some have even overcome physical disabilities to become professional dancers and are an inspiration for those who are lucky enough to watch their talents unfold onstage. Sharing these insights with individuals from township communities is crucial and, unfortunately, a very rare occurrence. Emphasis on music, art and performance takes a backstage to act of moving through lives filled with poverty, violence and inequality.

Yet, there is merit in creative self-expression that offers a chance to transcend or work through emotions correlated to such experiences. Artscape Outreach has began to build this bridge.

These episodes features the show’s highlights including dance routines, musical solos and behind the scenes preparations. Additionally, we spoke to several of the performers and we hear their first hand opinions on what it means to be a part of Artscape Outreach.

 

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Ikhaya Garden: Soil Artists

Season 7 Episode 32

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 24 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

Created by Xolisa Bagani (otherwise known as “Brother Rasta”) the youth-oriented Ikhaya garden program offers students in Khayelitsha an alternative to  detrimental diets and eating habits as well as gangsterism and encourages the collaboration of horticulture, art and education.

When walking into the school grounds that house the Ikhaya Garden, there is a tangible sense of camaraderie and friendship. Each child bounces from activity to activity. There is no meandering or idle hands. From soccer games to watering the garden, each person is a pivotal part of the experience. They are a self-proclaimed family, filled to the brim with smiles and minds open to learning.

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, the local students rush home after their final class of the day, change out of their uniform and into street clothes by 3pm in order to spend time at the garden. This has been the general routine since it’s creation in September 2013.

At first, Xolisa admits, getting traction for the garden was a difficult task. Not only was finding a place to establish the garden as well as get tools and plants was a hurtle but the changeing the local mindset about gardening was a challenge.

Most children in townships, he says, believe that gardening is a menial undertaking and that participating in it surfaces past shame and pain from decades of ancestral farmhand laborers. There are stereotypes deeply engrained in South Africa’s agricultural world. Yet, over the course of more than three years, Xolisa has managed to make gardening “cool”. Calling himself and the students “soil artists” he facilitates the thrice-weekly “garden parties” but allows the children to approach the ground as if it were a canvas. Shovels, rakes and wheelbarrows become their paintbrushes and handfuls of seeds dot the dirt like acrylic paint. With the help of plastic bottles, old tires and CD’s as plant boxes and pots, the Ikhaya Garden glimmers with spirals of herbs, flowers and edible plants.

Ranging from ages 7-16, the students of Ikhaya Garden are vastly aware of the townships inherent need for dietary change. They recognize that unhealthy food options are cheap, easy to access and often, the admit, are delicious. However, the same can be said for produce grown right from the earth, they say. In this episode, a few of the boys say that carrots are their favorite food, an item that can be plucked from the garden, washed and eaten right then and there.

Though the garden has increased in notoriety with a surge of publicity from media outlets, it continues to be the only project of it’s kind in Khayelitsha. There are still many who doubt the validity of the project. In fact, some of the children who willingly spend time in the Ikhaya Garden day after day are even shamed by their parents who do not understand their interest in environmentalism and sustainability.

This has not dampened their interest in continuing to cultivate sustainability from their school grounds, day after day.

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Kwanele- (enough is enough) Part 2

Season 7 Episode 32

Wed, 7 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 10 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

In 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 colours. 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 skilfully to pen black and coloured 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.

In this episode, we revisit the topic of Langa Housing and hear from new voices and opinions in the community.

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Zuma, Yes or No?

Season 7 Episode 29

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm, Sat, 3 Dec 2016 7:30pm 7:30 pm

On 26 November Street Talk asked locals on Long Street to talk about their opinions on Zuma and the current state of his presidency. Should he Stay or Go?

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Brothers for all

Season 7 Episode 28

An ex-convict, former high-ranking 26 gang member creates hope for the people. “Its all about teaching people how to dream different dreams about themselves. Not only seeing township people as tradesmen.”

Sihle Tshabalala spent 11 years of his life in prison. When he came out of prison 3 years ago he realised that Langa the nearest  township to Cape Town’s CBD is still undeveloped. The unemployment rate of this township exceeds over 50% , 60% of the people don’t have matric, 80% of the households don’t have computers. “If government is only designing programmes that are only focused on people with matric that means its targeting only 30% or less.” Sihle takes initiative and creates hope for the community  by starting a Non Profit Organisation “Brothers for all” that teaches from high school drop outs to teenage mom’s, unemployed youth and ex- offenders how to do computer programming, coding, graphic design, entrepreneurship and digital marketing.

“You don’t need to be quiet when things are not going good in your community. Stand up and do something about it.”

Be the change you want to see.

“Our time will pass as for our parents, what type of legacy are we leaving behind for the new generation?”

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Artists of Kayamandi

Season 7 Episode 27

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 7:30pm, Sat, 12 Nov 2016 7:30pm

“I think as an artist when you are writing songs,  you write your experience. What you’ve been through, how you got to this place, what happened before..”

Amidst winelands of Stellenbosch where the primarily Afrikaan-speaking residents live in colonial style homes painted a blatant white, the bustling township of Kayamandi resides. Surrounded by wealth and luxury, Kayamandi, meaning “nice home” is anthing but. Having changed relatively little since it’s establishment as a housing development for farmland workers during the apartheid area in South Africa, Kayamandi sticks out like the remnants of a fire pit smoking and crackling with life through the charred aesthetic.

Like our artists say, Kayamandi is not the epicenter of the Cape Town music scene, however, it is still a hub for aspiring musicians and creatives. Music gives these individuals an escape from the harsh reality of township existence. The opportunity to transcend past experience through a productive outlet is theraputic and the community that is coagulates around musicians is a support system.

We are proud to share stories and thoughts from these local artists as well as showcase their craft.

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Kwanele – broken promises

Season 7 Episode 26

“We marched to the city of Cape Town to submit our grievances to the mayor. We met other government officials and we explained out problems. We were told that the mayor was not available and we could not be answered. We were informed that the mayor was aware of our visit but we never got her. I wonder when we get robbed by government officials what else we can do. We are not just protesting for nothing but to give a voice to our real grievances but they run away. ” “We want them to visit our streets and see that we are human beings like them.”

 

In the outskirts of Cape Town, residents of townships like Langa are faced with detrimental living environments. Faulty electrical wires hang from makeshift homes, neighborhoods share a single toilet while runoff from wetland marshes containing trash and unwanted substances filter through the streets.
This is not a new reality. In fact, such dilapidated and haphazard conditions 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.

In this episode, we hear from citizens of Langa as they share the backstory behind their appeal against inadequate housing to Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille and the difficulties facing their daily lives.

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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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EverythingMustFall

Season 7 Episode 23

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 7:30am 7:30 am, Sun, 16 Oct 2016 7:30am 7:30 am

“I am a very very very hurt black person by this institution. I came to UCT in 2012, almost 5 years, and nothing has changed in this university despite the demands of Rhodes Must Fall up until today. Nothing has changed. Even me, sitting like this and talking to you, I might get suspended again by the university. So black pain, that’s my reason for being here.” -Lindiwe Dlamini

On Wednesday, October 5th hundreds of students, university workers and emphatic supporters of the #FeesMustFall2016 movement gathered on the University of Cape Town campus in a vibrantly cohesive, buzzing collective of individuals demonstrating their need for fundamental policy changes. This is is a conversation between six of the protesters present at the demonstration.

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Power, Strength, Dignity Pt 4

Season 7 Episode 22

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

“In 2010 I was sexually assaulted by an employer I travelled with…..when this happened, I didn’t know how I was going to tell my husband…it took 2 years….but I felt I needed to speak to my boys about this, so they can understand what it does to a woman. I had to teach and train my boys”

To many, rape is perceived to take place in dark corners, to intoxicated women wearing short skirts – women who are asking for it, and yet, this is only one an array of ways in which sexual assault occurs. According to statistics, incidence of rape in the work place stands at 11%. In this episode, a survivor speaks about her experience, we find out about how this affected her family as a mother of three sons, and her marriage.

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Power, Strength, Dignity Pt 3

Season 7 Episode 21

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

“I felt like this was all my fault, I had agreed to date him…who was going to believe that something like this had actually happened to me….my father took me aside and said to me, are you sure you didn’t do anything to provoke him?”

In the third instalment of Power, Strength, Dignity, we hear from a survivor who had been sexually assaulted by a man she had been dating. Sadly this is not outside of the norm, according to findings by the Rape Crisis Centre, in South Africa victims often know the perpetrators of sexual assault. But the most difficult aspect of the experience she shares, was disbelief from family members. Often survivors want to spare family members from the trauma of their experience, and so many incidence of rape go unreported, leading to depression and isolation. But the only way to heal is to be supported.

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Power, Strength, Dignity Pt 2

Season 7 Episode 20

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

“Today I can proudly say, I’m a survivor, I was a victim then but I’m not a victim anymore”
The term Rape Culture was first used in the United States during the 1970s in feminist discussions on rape. Defined as a multifaceted societal belief structure, which fosters an absurd normality around sexual violence; it speaks of a society in which blame is assigned to victims, while the actions of perpetrators are disregarded as just another part of life which must be accepted. From our frightening rape statistics, it is evident that this belief is rife in our communities. In the second installment of Power, Strength, Dignity, we hear from another brave survivor who has had more than one experience with sexual violence and refuses to accept blame.

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Power, Strength, Dignity Pt1

Season 7 Episode 19

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

“I am proud to say that I am a true survivor…I was raped…and he’s still out there…I was a child when he raped me…he damaged my life…but I survived.”

According to crime statistics, over 100 cases of rape are reported to the South African Police Service every day. What is most terrifying is that a mere 30 of these cases will result in prosecution. In this, the first of four episodes, four indomitable women disassemble the stigma and shame our society callously assigns to victims of sexual assault, choosing instead to speak. Bravely leading the way for others to do the same.

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The Pollsmoor Sessions Pt.2

Season 7 Episode 18

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

“You know how it feels….when you walk into a family function….now you sitting with your cousins….you don’t feel like you’re a part of them…they make you feel small”

“I just go out and in and in and out…sometimes you can’t just crush on family, they also get tired”

“You know when you get out…the gangsters, they take you in like you the best thing…so that’s where people run to”

“Help I am Free”, is a Norwegian funded rehabilitation program working with inmates at the Pollsmoor Prison and uses the arts to assist prisoners coming to terms with their demons. In this episode we talk to seven inmates enrolled in the program who are simultaneously preparing the play “Making of a Criminal” in conjunction with ARTSCAPE in Cape Town. In this episode we find out about the stigma of being a convict, the difficulty of family connections while imprisoned and what they miss most about their lives before incarceration.

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The Pollsmoor Sessions Pt.1

Season 7 Episode 17

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:00am 12:00 am

“It’s a black hole. Dark. Cold”

“When we are inside we get enough time to think of the things we’ve done, how we want to change our lives. To find the real you….I found the purpose of my life though correctional service.

South African society is multi-cultured and filled with many different mindsets but if there is one thing we can all agree upon: prison is the last place we want to end up. It is surprising that among these convicted criminals, inspiration can be found. From fraud, robbery and theft, 7 convicts talk about what it’s like to live behind bars, what it takes to be rehabilitated back into society and the blessing in disguise that prison has been for some of them.

 

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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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SABC’s Good news

Season7 Episode 15

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 7:15pm 7:15 pm

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“We are sitting in an industry which is under enormous amount of threat in terms of finances,our board rooms essentially determine what editorial decisions we need to make,which is unfortunate.”

“Experienced journalist are living the newsroom rather juniorised,therefore those young junior reporters are easily manipulated one way or another.”

“My dream is to live in a country where the government thinks twice or thrice before taking any decision that will hurt the people.”

In this episode, local news professionals share their viewpoints on the current state of South African journalism, bias and manipulation in newsrooms, the failure of the media to adequately report on every day affairs and a need for credible information sources.

No News is Good News!!

Season7 Episode 14

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 7:30pm 7:30 pm

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“The role of a public broadcaster in a democracy is a critical one. The SABC at the moment has the ability to undermine the strength of our democracy.”

On July 1st, 2016 the public and journalists protested against the censoring of news on the public broadcaster, SABC. In this episode, we asked protestors on the street to share their opinions with us. In addition, we continue our conversation with the individuals from Season 7 Episode 13 “Why Vote?” to discuss censorship.

 

Why Vote?

Season 7 Episode 13

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 7:15pm 7:15 pm

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“There are more negative things we face as young people here in South Africa than the positive”

“I would rather sell my soul to the devil than to vote for ANC”

“I have never voted, I see no reason in voting. For me, voting it’s as if I unconsciously take away my own power and give it to some man or some woman to abuse it.”

Four individuals discuss political division, frustration with government corruption and the importance of finding your voice without casting a vote. They reveal that they feel neither the younger nor the elder generation is reflected in South Africa’s current political landscape. 

Gangs: Playing with Death

Season 7 Episode 12

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 7:30pm

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Regrets of Survival: Finding Opportunity in Elsie’s River

In this episode, we listened to residents of Elsie’s River talk about opportunities they had been deprived of, and the life paths they had chosen as a result. From dreams of becoming a police officer to dreams of being a doctor, we listened to both the regrets and hopes of the residents.

Some quotes from this episode:

“They show the kids guns and teach them how to smuggle- it’s not right”
“There is no money to study further”
“There is no unity”

The Gang Killed My Son

Season 7 Episode 11

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. Street Talk TV spoke with a few parents of gangsters to find out how they perceived the problem of gangsterism in South Africa and how it could be solved. Many of the parents in this episode had experienced the death of a child due to their child’s involvement with gangs, and were eager to prevent other parents from experiencing the same grief.

 

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Brothers for All

Season 7 Episode 10

 

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 7:30pm

In this episode, ex-offenders discuss their work with the organization “Brothers For All” where they mentor at risk youth to keep them out of prison. They teach high school dropouts, teenage mothers, unemployed youth and ex- offenders how to do computer programming, coding, graphic design, entrepreneurship and digital marketing. We hear about life before, during and after prison and why they are motivated to help others.

Inferior Education post Apartheid

Season 7 Episode 9

Fri, 6 Jan 2017 7:15pm

 

 

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“Why as blacks South Africans,we have to campaign and toyi-toyi all the time in order for us to get justice in this country,in order for us to be equal?.”

“We get to learn in cold classes and one child might say what is the use of  living my warm bed and,it even get’s to a point of children dropping out of school.”

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Gogo Diaries

Season 7 Episode8

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 7:30pm

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“The worst children are the girls,if you can see the girls the way they are drinking.I’ve got only girls and they are all drinking”.

“I see a lot of grannies struggling with grandchildren,that is not fair guys because we are human beings too and we are suppose to rest”

It’s often said that society is measured by how best they treat old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them.Are we cheating our old citizen of the love,security and comfort they deserve?.

Dis Ability!

Season 7 Episode 7

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“When I think about my family everyone felt powerless and went into denial. It was very hard for my family to accept that I was disabled, because accepting that I’m disabled, would be accepting all the financial burden.”

“As disabled people, we need to do more, stop waiting for able bodied people in power to give us power. We need to take our power”.

An inspirational conversation by  intellectuals from UCT, tell of the challenges that come with their disability and how they have turned their challenges to Abilities.

 

Born frees

Season 7 Episode 6

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 7:15pm

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“We are not equal as born frees, because you check at Model C schools they are more advanced, we are not the same as learners.”

“It’s a very difficult situation where we grow up in the township, but they insist not help our schools with maybe sponsor because they have been through what we have been through”

Do you think Born frees are Free?  or they  are exposed to their own challenges. Share your views.

In quest for Land

Season 7 Episode 5

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 7:15pm

 

Women on Abuse

Season 7 Episode 4

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 7:30pm

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“Yes I have lived with domestic violence, a beautiful mother and a beautiful father but a weakness that got expressed via my father in beating my mother”.

“That is not to say I have not  experienced as a young women incredible levels of abuse, which is endemic, in other words it is so much part of our worlds not just here locally on the Cape Flats, but everywhere in the world. It is planetary”.

These women unpack the experiences of  abuse they encountered with; their partners , members of their immediate families and other people in their communities.

 

Brutality towards Rastas

Season 7 Episode 3

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 7:15pm

 

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As rastafari we are made scapegoats for the problems that exists within society,whereas our way of life is the solution to the problems.”

“As rastafari are not apologetic about who we are, in fact we are rejecting babylonian ways and adopting ancient simplistic ways.We are targeted because of that.”

Racism

Season 7 Episode 2

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 7:30pm

 

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“I say to my granddaughters,I don’t think I will love you with a black person in my house.”

“From now to ten years forward,If the government does not change and give equal rights to everyone,there will be war.”

Racism

Season 7 Episode 1

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 7:15pm

 

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“There is racism between blacks and coloured, maybe because history has caused that racism culture, like they say coloureds don’t really have a place in South Africa but in history the coloureds were always there.”

“Everyone is equal, you’ve got these blocks: black, white, coloureds, that just don’t make sense to me. We are all equal, so why you wanna separate us as people.”

“Now that the black are in power the opportunities are coming to blacks.”

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