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United we dance — Gugulethu after-school projects draw youth safely away from crime and violence

United we dance — Gugulethu after-school projects draw youth safely away from crime and violence
Young member of the Gugulethu United We Stand Organisation. (Photo: Street Talk)

“When you’re there, you dance your stress out!” Young artists from the Gugulethu United We Stand Organisation talk about the importance of the long-running after-school dance and drama project. 

Struggling to make ends meet, and living in areas with detrimental social problems, they call the organisation founded in 2009 by Zolani and Sindiswa Vokwana and DJ Judy Mkoko their ‘second family’. The dancers support their families with the little money they make from booked performances, but this does not come without difficulties. Relatives who may not have the same opportunities may be jealous. Listen to their story of “temptations outside, jealousy inside”.

This film was produced by Street Talk TV, a ground-breaking television and film series aired weekly on community television and on YouTube. In 15-minute films we capture and expose the lived realities and uncensored views of people living in South Africa. 

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