What is Re-imagine Storytelling all about?

We have moved into the digital and information age. This means that the way we tell stories has evolved from simply spreading the news to getting the reader involved. This is what Re-imagine Storytelling is all about. It brings together elements of data, tech, journalism and activism. It goes beyond just reporting issues of social justice to actively trying to solve them.

We have chosen eight final teams to compete for a cash prize of R20,000. All projects are guaranteed a small budget to work with, Codebridge resources, a cool space where you can plot, plan and create, as well as media coverage. You can find the rules and requirements as well as the FAQ here.

The eight finalists

Children Raising Children

What does the future hold for child-headed households in Mpumalanga?

isiQhamo & Communitree

Connecting local greening initiatives with larger, city-wide greening strategies

Green Camp Gallery

How urban farms can rejuvenate communities

NuDurbanComic

Graphic novel looking at future city planning

RezIsHome

A collaborative approach to solving UKZN's student housing issues

Nowhere to Stop

Using GIS and transport data to map safe and dangerous zones for taxis to stop

Sanitary Dignity Conundrum

Bringing to life the predicaments of those unable to afford sanitary towels

Water Wars

What would you do with your last drop?

Final entries

Children Raising Children

Government grants for child-headed households 23 November 2016

Despite being one of South Africa’s smallest provinces, Mpumalanga is home to 10% of the country’s child-headed households. Without parents, and often ostracised from communities, these children face a daunting uphill battle to survive. We take a look behind the scenes of two poverty-stricken child-headed households in the province, putting a face to their heart-breaking circumstances. We also speak to experts and officials tasked with protecting these children.

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isiQhamo & Communitree

Urban farming meets urban greening: IsiQhamo meets Communitree 22 November 2016

Over this storytelling competition we have learned a key lesson that we will take with us into our future work: If we don’t take care of people, nature suffers. If we don’t take care of nature, people suffer. This is a big challenge to take on, but, you will see from our story that we have already got the train moving. Start running now if you would like jump on and join us on our adventure together

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Green Camp Gallery

Green Camp Gallery Documentary 21 November 2016

In their short documentary, Vanessa and Qudisa tell the story of how the Green Camp Gallery Project came to be, and hope to empower other communities to transform crime-ridden spaces in their areas to ones of creativity.

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NuDurbanComic

“Sea Level” NuDurbanComics 23 November 2016

In this mliti-collaborator, mliti-platform webcomic, we travel to a Future Durban (the one we don’t want to see), when an implement is found and taken to the Hacker’s Den, where the local TechNomad band is performing. This leads us to discover the mysterious TechnoShamans who, through their work with magic and technology (digital+analog), reveal truths about the reality of reality, of time-loops and how this dystopian dysfunctional version of Durban came to be

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RezIsHome

The Melting pot that is student accommodation 23 November 2016

It can be very easy to assume or disregard the current student uprising when put in context of the violence exhibited, however there are septic issues that are the cause of the protests. One of these is the challenge of student housing for major universities in Southern Africa. We take a comparative look at how communities, parents and students respond to the student housing crisis as one of the critical issues to #FeesMustFall.

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Nowhere to Stop

Nowhere To Stop - Being a minibus taxi driver in Durban 21 November 2016

Durban taxi drivers are often at the receiving end of the frustration of motorists and the wrath of eThekwini metro police as they navigate the city’s busy roads to service commuters. One of the biggest challenges facing taxi drivers and owners is the fact that there are only a few safe and legal places to stop to drop off and pick up passengers.

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Sanitary Dignity Conundrum

Menstruation Dignity for SA: the plight, the flight, the way forward 23 November 2016

The sanitary dignity conundrum team have attempted to create awareness and deepen community-wide understanding of the provision of sanitary care, among adolescent girls and women who are not able to afford sanitary products.

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Water Wars

What Will You Do With Your Last Drop? 23 November 2016

The supply and demand gap for water is expected to reach 17% by 2030. The Water Wars team has worked tirelessly to produce South Africa’s first Virtual Reality news production, looking at what the consequences of a water shortage could be.

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