By Tasia N. Morgan and Dominique M. Spooner

South Africa: The Informal Job Economy

South Africa: The Informal Job Economy

[vimeo 72590992] The historic scarcity of work opportunities, resultant chronic high unemployment coupled with apartheid-era laws sparked an entrepreneurial spirit among many South Africans as a means of survival. Today, within townships such as Alexandra and Kliptown, many residents engage in what’s called the ‘informal economy.’ At the South African Institute of Race Relations, a team […]

 By Andrew Meloney

Rasty – A Profile of One of Johannesburg’s Graffiti Artists

Rasty is one of Johannesburg’s established graffiti artists. He talks about what got him into this art form and the future it has in Johannesburg with Andrew Meloney, who captured this interview using iPod Touch technology.

 By Tasia N. Morgan

Lesedi La Batho Daycare Center Uplifts Community

Lesedi La Batho Daycare Center Uplifts Community

[vimeo 72469489] A special daycare center, located 16-miles north of Pretoria, South Africa, opened in 2011. This center in Mabopane, operated by Lesedi La Batho, not only provides childcare but also aims to empower and motivate local youth and the community. The center gives young mothers free services, teaches new mothers about proper baby care and […]

 By Tasia N. Morgan and Allison Clarke

Crisis in South Africa: Rape

Crisis in South Africa: Rape

Every six minutes a woman is raped in South Africa.  In an effort to stop the silence surrounding the crime of rape, those such as activist/performance artist Tapuwa Moore and rape survivor Mamphiwa Seema are speaking up. They hope to give rape victims the courage to move beyond the stigma to bring much needed attention […]

 By Naveed Ahsan

Johannesburg’s Emerging Graffiti Culture

Johannesburg’s Emerging Graffiti Culture

Graffiti as a form of urban regeneration? What…well, Johannesburg does things differently. “The city realizes that (graffiti) is a part of the city and that it needs to be incorporated in some way,” Rasty, one of premier graffiti artists in Johannesburg, said. “Johannesburg is more open and they understand the more positive and beneficial aspect […]

 By Isaac Riddle

Gay and Lesbian South Africans Fight for Cultural Acceptance

Gay and Lesbian South Africans Fight for Cultural Acceptance

Asanda Madosi was 21 years old when he told his mother he was gay.  “My mother saw pictures of me in makeup and called me to tell me that we needed to talk,” said Madosi.  “My mom was very distraught when I came out, she feared for my safety.” Three years have passed since that […]

 By Isaac Riddle

Youth Program Lifts Up Community

Youth Program Lifts Up Community

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 […]

 By Andrew H. Sandefur

Winter Worship on the Koppies

Winter Worship on the Koppies

[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.

 By Andrew H. Sandefur and Ben J. Hyclak

Water: The Issues of Supply in South Africa

Water: The Issues of Supply in South Africa

[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 […]

 By Nicholas A Cutrona

The Kliptown Youth Program: Building A Community Through Engagement

The Kliptown Youth Program: Building A Community Through Engagement

[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.  

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