Plague Diaries – A week of conversation in lockdown

Production by Leago Mamabolo

Leago Mamabolo documented a week of what life has been like for her during lockdown. She lives in a one-bedroom apartment with her partner and documents conversations she has been having with her partner, neighbour and friends during this time. The broader meaning of the documentary is trying to understand the personal and societal changes the pandemic has affected as well as understanding the broader dimensions of family beyond the traditional nuclear family.



Production by Monique January

Monique January shares her story of being a “laatlammetjie” to older parents and being born premature. She shares the rich memories and story of her mother, Dorothy Monyake’s planning for the arrival of her much-anticipated girl child.


The struggle of online learning at university

Production by Ongezwa Shosha

Meet Ongezwa Shosha, a 4th year B. Journalism student at the University currently known as Rhodes (UCKAR). She takes us on a journey of what it means to continue to study online during Covid19 lockdown when you are an in an underprivileged rural location. With travelling from one place to another, in search of a better place to access the online learning. She is from a village that has no electricity, and has to take the option to move to live with her father in a small town Carletonville in Gauteng province.


The issue of global censorship

Production by Michael Taylor

Rhodes University journalism student Michael Taylor discusses freedom of speech and the issue of censorship in our modern world, from new terms of service on social media platforms to attacks on journalists and the growing influence of increasingly authoritarian governments.


Lockdown Sports

Production by Khethiwe Shobede

Lockdown Sports looks at a young South African woman, Yolanda Jiyane who brings kids from her neighbourhood and teaches them volleyball. In the Corona virus lockdown this is more than just teaching them about the sport, but also taking them away from toxic and crowded environments.


Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC’s history with Corruption

Production by Luvo Mnyobe

A Rhodes University journalism student question’s whether President Cyril Ramaphosa is the man to clean up the ANC’s troubled image with corruption.
The feature news story deals with allegations of corruption against Ramaphosa’s spokesperson Khusela Diko’s husband, and then discusses the history of the ANC’s corruption and its defense of leaders alleged to be corrupt under the Zuma era.