Like many recent college graduates Collen Tshazi returned home after earning his degree. Unlike most young twenty-somethings it wasn’t the comforts of home or the need to save money that brought Tshazi back to where he started, it was the desire to give back to the community he came from. “I know that I can […]
[vimeo 72364615] African Independent Churches use the Melville Koppies Reserve for their Sunday services and combine African traditions with Christianity. Dozens attend services on this ridge each weekend to worship Christ in their community. Written, produced, and shot by Andrew Sandefur Special thanks to Naveed Ahsan, Andrew Meloney, and Nicolas Cutrona for their assistance with production.
[vimeo 72431772] In 2025, it is predicted that the water levels in South Africa will hit dangerously low levels. Anticipating this dire circumstance, Temple University journalism students talked with representatives from two organizations attempting to solve this impending dilemma. It is groups like Greenpeace and South Africa’s Department of Water Affairs that are fighting to preserve the […]
[vimeo 72815154] Outside Johannesburg, South Africa lies Kliptown. Over 40,000 people reside in this informal settlement made up largely of tin shacks and decaying buildings. The Kliptown Youth Program (KYP) is a local treasure recently honored by CNN. KYP is working to provide students with the resources they need to pursue higher education.
[vimeo 40628465] Temple students traveled to South Africa and produced a variety of stories during the time spent there. Here is Lauren Hertzler’s documentary, which was published in April and won a mid-Atlantic Emmy award over the weekend. See all of the work at this site: https://philadelphianeighborhoods.com/category/neighborhoods/all-special-reports/africa-a-special-report/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuTe7AbkXhU This documentary focuses on the public art of South Africa, including that created after democracy came to the country.
[vimeo 40658187] The Market Photo Workshop is a training institute created by photographer David Goldblatt during the apartheid years. The group began as a effort to give disenfranchised South Africans the opportunity to train and then work as photographers. The program now trains students from many African countries.
[vimeo 40663260] This documentary tells the story of a medical doctor and anti-apartheid activist, Abu Asvat, who was killed by two gunmen while treating his patients in Soweto in 1989. The documentary uses interviews with black leader Sadecque Variavia, a comrade of anti-apartheid hero Steve Biko, and Methodist bishop and community activist Paul Verryn.
[vimeo 40633136] This documentary focuses on Ken To Fude No Ryu Kenshu Kai Karate, a dojo and fitness center that defied racial apartheid policies by training people of all races during apartheid rule. Martial arts master Hanshi Solly Said trained many anti-apartheid activists during the 1970s and 1980s.
More than 15,000 children are severely burned each year from fires in South Africa. An organization called Children of Fire was created in 1997, to help child survivors. Dorah Mokoena was 6 months old when the shack she was living in caught fire. She sustained severe burn and was hospitalized when she was an infant. Bronwen […]