Hard-hitting contemporary drama puts the spotlight on vulnerable African teens

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‘MTV Shuga: Down South’ stars Samkelisiwe Makhoba as Khensani and Stephanie Sandows as Tsholo.

An irresponsible teen mom. A predatory teacher. An ambitious hostess. A conflicted adolescent struggling to understand his identity. A neglected trophy wife. A pregnant schoolgirl. A possessive boyfriend. A ruthless entrepreneur.

These are just some of the faces of MTV Shuga: Down South, the 12- part new drama series from MTV Staying Alive Foundation and MTV Base. The show premieres on Wednesday, 8 March on MTV Base (South Africa) on at 9.30pm CAT and on MTV Base (rest of Africa) at 10.05pm WAT. Continue reading

Critically acclaimed play grapples with what it means to be a lesbian in the township

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A scene from Chapter 2, Section 9.

Following its successful runs at the National Arts Festival,  Grahamstown and at the Wits 969 Festival the critically acclaimed Ovation Award-winning Chapter 2 Section 9 has been described as “brilliant” and a production that “every South African who cares about the freedoms enshrined in Chapter 2, Section 9, should see.” (Mike Loewe, The Critter).

With two more runs scheduled at the Pop Arts Centre in Maboneng, Johannesburg on August 11, 12, 13 and 14, and as part of Vavasati, International Women’s Festival on August 17, 18 and 19 at the Arena, State Theatre in Pretoria, audiences will have the opportunity to catch one of these performances. Continue reading