About street talk

“We are currently filming our tenth season of Street Talk and continue to be humbled, inspired and moved by the incredible stories we discover.”

Richard Mills


What we do

Since our first show in 2008, we’ve broadcast more than 200 episodes of our popular programme to audiences across South Africa. We reach 4 million people via Cape Town TV (Western Cape) and Bay TV (Eastern Cape)  – both of which are free-to-air channels and are also available on DSTV.

We believe in what we do. Our 15-minute inserts are helping to build a better society by encouraging active citizenship through discussion. From Khayelitsha’s informal settlements to Camps Bay’s mansions, we cross ethnic, religious, political, gender, economic, cultural and other boundaries to report on topical issues affecting ordinary people.

Our approach is simple. We give communities a voice.


Our Aims and Objectives

We promote active citizenship through the medium of film.

Our documentary films:

  • Give ordinary people a voice
  • Reflect the views and experiences of  ordinary people
  • Cross class, cultural, ethnic identity,  social, economic, lifestyle and religious  boundaries
  • Change perceptions, break  communication barriers and promote  tolerance and understanding between  individuals and communities
  • Inspire people to become active citizens
  • Train previously disadvantaged  individuals in film making skills.

Our Episodes

Street Talk’s cameras go behind closed doors to capture the gritty realism of life in South Africa.

Our researchers live and work in their communities. They tune in to word on the street to identify the issues that matter to people.

In each episode, we join an intimate circle of carefully selected participants who share their views, experiences, challenges, hopes and dreams. We let them talk and record what unfolds.

Our Team

In 2008 documentary makers Jo Menell and Richard Mills founded Street Stories Films as they believe that expression and participation in public processes strengthens democracy.

We make documentaries, including the Street Talk series, in which people talk about their lives and real issues affecting them.

Our small team is big on sharing knowledge and experience.

We have nurtured several previously disadvantaged Capetonians in various aspects of filmmaking. Thembela Dick is a valuable member of our management team, while several former interns currently work in the film industry.

Street Stories Films is registered as a Non-Profit Organisation with the Department of Social Services and as a Public Benefit Organisation with the South African Revenue Services.

Our Board

A board oversees Street Stories. 
Current board members are:

  • Barbara Masekela
  • Shelley Barry
  • Jo Menell (Director)
  • Richard Mills (Director)

Barbara Masekela

Board Member Anti-apartheid stalwart and sister of legendary musician Hugh, Masekela is a long-servi...

Shelley Barry

Board Member Barry is an award-winning filmmaker, poet and lecturer. After graduating from the unive...

Jo Menell

Director Menell is an award-winning television reporter, producer and director. He received an MA in...

Richard Mills

Director Mills is a film editor, producer, director and cameraman. Educated in South Africa, he live...

Other members of our team

Primrose Mrwebi

Writer, performer, and poet, Primrose has directed and performed in a number of productions...

Kayla Stamps

Intern Kayla Stamps is pursuing her Masters at the University of Southern California. She is current...

Wanga Mafenuka

Music composer Wanga started rapping in 1996. He tells classic stories in xhosa slang known as...

Leyche’ Carelse

Editor Leyche Carelse born in 1998 in Cape Town, Western Cape. She studied Film and Television Produ...

Banele Poni

Editor Banele Poni was born in the Western Cape but his roots are in Gcuwa – a small village in the...

Wisaal Abrahams

Wisaal first joined the Street Talk Team in 2011, after working at Cape Town Television for just ove...

Join the conversation

Below each film clip on the website is a Blog where you can share your thoughts and chat with other people.

Take action

Some of the topics that we cover stir up emotions. If you are inspired to act from having seen one of our films, then download our take action manifesto.

If you have an issue/story that you think needs to be told get in touch with us.


Street Talk TV is run by a non-profit organization (NPO). We survive on funding and donations. If you believe in what we do please consider donating
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About Street talk

Street Talk TV – short documentary films about social issues affecting South Africa. Street Talk is produced by ‘Street Stories Films’ a Non-Profit Organisation Reg No: 072-487 NPO.

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