EKONENI: Street Corner Stories
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8: Creating Aha Moments with Marcela Guerrero Casas
We round out our first season talking to Marcela Guerrero Casas, the Managing Director and co-founder of Open Streets Cape Town, which describes itself as "a citizen-driven initiative working to change how we use, perceive and experience streets.” Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Marcela lived and studied in the United States before moving to South Africa in 2006, first finding her feet in Johannesburg and then settling in Cape Town. Marcela’s outsider perspective has helped Capetonians...
7: Choreographing a New Future with Theo Ndindwa
Theo Ndindwa uses dance for social change, and co-founded the iKapa Dance Theatre with his wife Tanya Arshamian in 2007 to teach dance, empowerment and life skills to youth in townships around Cape Town. iKapa believes that “the transformation of South Africa lies with the development of disadvantaged communities and youth.” Theo returned to South Africa after years in the U.K, where he trained and performed with the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, amongst others. He is a...
6: William Mapham and the App that's Changing Healthcare
In this episode we meet William Mapham, the founder of Vula, a mobile phone app that connects patients and health care workers with specialist doctors quickly, easily and effectively. Like many developing countries, South Africa doesn't have enough doctors to go around, and the problem is most acute in remote, rural and underserved areas. Specialist advice can be quite literally be a matter of life and death: Can this patient be treated with the resources available on site? Do they need to...
5: Rethabile Mashale Sonibare on Black Excellence and STEM for Girls
In Episode 5 of Ekoneni: Street Corner Stories we meet Rethabile Mashale Sonibare. Rethabile is the inspiring founder of the Thope Foundation, which is bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education to preteen girls in Khayelitsha, through an after school club that combines robotics and coding, with health and life skills. Rewriting this and other narratives has become Rethabile’s mission — and in the process, she has also become one of the successful black South African...
4: Bringing Tech to the Township, Luvuyo Rani
In 2006, Luvuyo Rani opened up an Internet café in Khayelitsha, the largest township in Cape Town, after spending two years selling computers to teachers from the boot of his car. Today, Luvuyo is the founder of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, a proudly South African tech company that employs over 170 people across 45 branches. Luvuyo and his partners at Silulo Ulutho believe in access to technology as a means for disadvantaged South Africans to secure greater opportunities in education and...
3: The Future is In Our Hands, Joy Olivier of IkamvaYouth
In the third episode of Ekoneni: Street Corner Stories, we meet Joy Olivier, Co-founder and Director of IkamvaYouth - a Cape Town organisation tackling poverty through education, one youth at a time. Ikamva means 'future' in Xhosa, and Joy and co-founder Makhosi Gogwana started IkamvaYouth in 2003 when they decided to volunteer as tutors at Makhosi's high school in Khayelitsha. Since then, IkamvaYouth has grown to an organisation spanning 60 branches in five South African provinces, helping...
2: BYPASS with Shane Vermooten
In the second episode of Ekoneni: Street Corner Stories, we meet Cape Town director Shane Vermooten, who just released his first feature length film and Africa's first medical thriller, BYPASS. BYPASS tackles the challenging subject of organ donation and highlights the underbelly of South Africa’s organ trafficking black market. With only 2% of South Africans on the organ donor list, filmmaker Shane Vermooten hopes to play a role in changing the low numbers of organ donation in the country....
Sneak Peek: BYPASS with Shane Vermooten
Welcome to EKONENI's sneak peek of Episode 2, where we meet Shane Vermooten - a director from Cape Town who just released his first feature length film and Africa's first medical thriller, BYPASS, highlighting the underbelly of South Africa’s organ trafficking black market.
1: Tamburai Chirume of ONEOFEACH
In the first episode of Ekoneni: Street Corner Stories, we meet Tamburai Chirume the co-founder of ONEOFEACH, a mother and daughter design duo based in Cape Town. ONEOFEACH is driven by Tamburai and her mother Pauline's love for the African continent and desire to celebrate and share its history, by creating a luxury product made in a Africa, for the world. They source traditional patterned fabrics using methods like wax printing and pit-and-stone dyeing processes from Mali, Ghana, Zimbabwe,...
Sneak Peek: Tamburai Chirume of ONEOFEACH
Welcome to EKONENI's sneak peek of Episode 1, where we meet Tamburai Chirume - co-founder of ONEOFEACH, a mother and daughter design duo based in Cape Town. ONEOFEACH is driven by Tamburai's love for the African continent and desire to celebrate and share its history, by creating a high end, luxury product made in a Africa for the world.
The American Corner Makerspace
Ekoneni: Street Corner Stories is supported by the U.S. Consulate of Cape Town and the American Corner, Cape Town Central Library. Our ad music "Sea Legs" is by Bottled Sounds and Shaun Lawler. Photo by Theon Reilly Pather / ACCT.