LAND STORIES Zimkhitha Fihle – the matriarch


This film explores Zimkhitha Fihle’s relationship with the place of Esikhululweni in Hogsback, Eastern Cape and her history there. Zimkhitha is an activist and community builder involved in ensuring that development occurs. She has engaged different protest forms which led getting electricity and sanitation delivery. She has built houses for her parents and her brother so that they can have a home and independence.


LAND STORIES Peter Smooi – man of the forest

Production by Christian Stroud & Nokwanda Dlamini

Peter Smooi is a mushroom seller and former marijuana dealer who makes his living off the land. The forests of Hogsback provides mushrooms to sell to the locals. Peter’s land story questions whether the lives of people like Peter would be better were it not for antiquated drug and land laws. Peter displays profound knowledge of the land yet his skills go wasted in a community like Hogsback. His story shows that owning land is not enough without the means to build a home.


LAND STORIES Phumlani Vusani – the stonekeeper’s son

Production by Hannah Chibayambuya & Nontokozo Mchunu

Phumlani Vusani is a Hogsback resident who grew up on a commercial farm until the farmer asked the family to leave. After school he moved to Johannesburg, moved back to Hogsback then to Cape Town where he found a job. He has now returned back to Hogsback with the rest of his family and hope to find a place to a call home. Phumlani’s mother owns a grinding stone which she has kept for years from the old farm. The stone is a special symbol for the family and they intend to pass it on from generation to generation.


LAND STORIES Xolelwa Copiso -Imbokodo yase Esikhululweni (The Rock of Esikhululweni)


Xolelwa Copiso is the Secretary General of the Development Committee in Esikhululweni, a settlement in Hogsback, Eastern Cape Xolelwa Copiso is the Secretary General of the Development Committee in Esikhululweni, a settlement in Hogsback, Eastern Cape. She has a passion for uplifting the lives of people in her community. Although Esikhululweni is stricken by poverty and hardships, Xolelwa is determined to make it a better place. She has a passion for uplifting the lives of people in her community. Although Esikhululweni is stricken by poverty and hardships, Xolelwa is determined to make it a better place.


Land Restitution

This video examines the motion to amend section 23 of the constitution, calling for land expropriation without compensation. This piece looks at the opportunities this amendment could create as well as justifies why this amendment is necessary. The piece is probing the question of if South Africa could be seeing the 18th Amendment to the constitution.

Production by Justin Cronje


WATER- A basic human right denied

This viral video explores water as a basic primary need that millions of South Africans still do not have access to. Apartheid deprived millions of black/ non-white South Africans of their basic needs. Clean, running, accessible water is one of them. Although the numbers have decreased the new democratically elected government has failed to deliver services including water to some of the poorer communities of South Africa. The video begs the question ‘What Has Changed? pre-1994 to post-1994′.

Production by Zama Lithuli


Farms and expropriation without compensation

What is the state of the agricultural land debate in South Africa in 2018? This short video shows the inequality of agricultural land ownership in South Africa. This inequality is based on racial lines, and many communities and individuals could use the land that has been denied to them in order to create sustainable livelihoods.

Production by Christian Stroud


The worth of water

Water is our most important resource and South African is in the middle of a drought. With such a steadily growing population, South Africa cannot keep up with the demand. We need to save water and we need to do it now.

Production by Ciara O’Donoghue


Our plastic sea

Plastic is used in our everyday living, but what happens to the waste? Waste, such as plastic is dumped into the ocean affecting marine animals, killing as well as endangering them. Plastic is killing this planet. Earth Day is a day of acknowledging the beauty of this planet and the concerns it may face due to human neglect, but one day is not enough, this is an issue that has to be regularly discussed

Production by Courtney Jeftha


Lactose intolerance nightmare

This video is for those who want to know a little bit more about lactose intolerance as well as those that want to have a bit of a laugh. We show the fact that the food industry does not cater for the lactose intolerant

Production by Hannah Chibayambuya


How safe Is the meat we eat?

Meat is a part of the staple diet in most South African homes. The recent Listeriosis outbreak shook the country, resulting in a loss of about 200 lives. South Africa’s history of scandals surrounding the meat industry bares the question, how safe is the meat we consume? From accepting rotten meat imported from the shores of Brazil, to ‘cross contaminated meat’ found in popular supermarket chains; this short video explores it all.

Production by Lameez Khumalo


Climate change – a matter of time

Climate impacts our lives in more ways than we understand, after years of debate it is finally becoming common knowledge that climate change is taking place yet people do see the urgency of the matter. The video demands that people begin to listen because they don’t the future for life on earth looks bleak.

Production by Nokwanda Dlamini


Better service delivery for rural South Africa.

Rural communities still don’t have water services. Although measures have been taken, these communities are forced to use unprotected water. Studies say the challenge is caused by municipal mismanagement. Therefore, rural communities struggle to get these services. Community members suffer from disease outbreaks from consuming untreated water.

Production by Nontokozo Mchunu


Uneven Waters: A tale of rich and poor

Cape Town is experiencing the worst drought of the century. Consequently, the municipality has placed water restrictions in a bid to save water. But, it seems as if heavy restrictions are placed in informal settlements where there is little access to water in any case. This video explores water usage in these areas and how it differs to affluent suburbs. With consistent droughts in many parts of South Africa, municipalities have put water curbs on their residents. But it seems that these restrictions reinforce inequalities by being placed in informal settlements.

Production by Tswelopele Maputla


Where are women’s voices in land conversations?

This video explores the lack of dialogue regarding women and land in South Africa. It asks the question of whether there will be a change in women’s treatment over land and the lack of land that gets given to them. Asking these kind of questions is important as it uncovers the complex questions we should have about the land expropriation without compensation policy. Past traditional laws in South Africa have seen women not gain as much land as men. Will this change with this new policy?




The Land Restitution Act which was put in place in 1994 and aimed to restore the land forcefully taken from black South Africans during colonialism and apartheid. As of 2017, only 7% of that land has been restored which means that black farmers do not have land to farm on, and are forced to rent the land on which they farm because of lack of funds and resources

Production by Zandile Hlabangane