March 2018 – Let’s Succeed, a film by Street Talk that gives voice to the residents of Masiphumelele who share their fears, hardships, hopes and dreams, will be launched at the Masiphumelele Community Hall this Saturday 9 March at 11am.
Providing a platform for the community to tell their stories, the film shows the gritty reality of living in Masi and highlights the journey that some determined residents have taken to help themselves and inspire change against the odds.
He says: “Through Masi Massive we seek to encourage talent and foster a community spirit based around hope, respect and unity. Recently I converted and equipped a shipping container which now serves as a recording studio and source of inspiration to young men and women as they develop their craft to become the stars of tomorrow.”
Music producer and rapper Andille Oscar Da ‘O Andile, who will be performing at the launch and whose music is featured in the film, quit tik to follow his passion for music. He founded the Masi Massive hip hop movement in 2011 which brings together a collective of young rappers, poets, DJ’s and musicians and provides them with positive alternatives to the many destructive environments that surround them.
For Masi resident Ndileka E Biyo starting her business Biyo Design wasn’t easy. She is currently training two residents from Masi and sells her handmade Shweshwe fabric clothes in the community and at popular markets across Cape Town. She says: “For the first two years I trained a few unemployed woman from Masi and in 2010 we started making clothing. Through the business, I’d like to employ more people and make a difference in the Masi community by training people and providing them with new skills.”
Resident Noxy Lerule’s business Nonny’s Bakery and Café was burned down during a riot in 2015. Having since re-built her restaurant and with plans to start her own Masi B&B, Noxy says she wants to do something for her community despite the fact that she is still seen as an outsider from the Northern Cape.
For those unable to make the launch, the film will be premiered on Cape Town TV (Ch32 or DSTV263) on Sunday 10 March at 9pm, with a second CTV screening on Sunday 18 March at 10.30pm.
Street Talk 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.