KAYAMANDI

WESTERN CAPE

Kayamandi never sleeps. The sound of a thousand conversations travels through the narrow, well-worn pathways between rows upon rows of makeshift homes, mingling along the way with the aroma of meat cooking on an open fire. Songs from a popular dinner theatre tell the stories of the past – and prophecy hope for a better future.

Kayamandi is a township in Stellenbosch boasting the best views in town. Nestled between a hill and the main route 308, space is at a premium. Residents have had to devise ingenious ways to create both shelter and business premises within this bustling urban settlement. The socio-economic challenges are numerous. The solutions are not simple. We hear stories that are heart-breaking – and as many that are truly inspiring. Here, we meet individuals whose strength of character is what is needed to change our country for the better.

Co-creating safer communities

Co-creating safer communities

A small group of unarmed women patrol the streets of a neighbourhood where the sound of gunshots rings out at night. A team gathers in the make-shift corrugated iron structure that is home to the ‘boardroom’ where they plan both safety and sports activities for their...

Standing with survivors

Standing with survivors

Victims of sensitive crimes are often left feeling helpless, isolated and vulnerable. In many cases, the process of reporting these crimes to the authorities can exacerbate these feelings, especially in environments that are not conducive to comfort and...

Cocreate Hub | Celebrating a year

Cocreate Hub | Celebrating a year

Sometimes words fall short. And today is such a day. Words fall short to even begin to describe the journey of the CoCreate Hub Stellenbosch - a journey to transform an old, disused municipal clinic into an inviting space where entrepreneurship is celebrated, local...

Introducing Ikayalabantu FM | Home of the People

Introducing Ikayalabantu FM | Home of the People

Conversations with Thando Dyantyi, Sinesipo Sibuta and Odwa Nomavuka As a young South African filmmaker, Thando Dyantyi’s strongest desire has been to tell the life-changing stories of people in his community and around his country. These stories are for everyone to...

Meet the man behind the people’s brand

Meet the man behind the people’s brand

Starting out his working life as a performing artist on the stage of the dinner theatre, Amazink, in Kayamandi township, Stellenbosch, you can just imagine how Samkela “Teddy” Mhlakaza can tell a really good story! So it comes as no surprise that what gets him most...

R1 million milestone for PoMT COVID-19 relief

R1 million milestone for PoMT COVID-19 relief

Over the past five months, the Proud of my Town (PoMT) programme has invested over R1 million towards a host of relief and recovery interventions in 13 communities across seven provinces. Ranyaka has been rolling out the multi-faceted PoMT programme in a growing...