25-year-old Buhle Sithela is bringing movies to children in Harare, Khayelitsha with a new Pop-Up cinema!
Khayelitsha, South Africa (08 May 2021) – With his love of movies and experience from working at a cinema, 25-year-old Buhle Sithela has opened his own pop-up cinema in Harare, Khayelitsha.
Khayelitsha is a township in Western Cape, South Africa, on the Cape Flats in the City of Cape Town. The name is Xhosa for New Home. It is reputed to be the largest and fastest-growing township in South Africa.
Khayelitsha is one of the top five largest slums in the world. Since the ruling ANC came to power in the country in 1994, the party claims that living conditions in the township have improved markedly. There have been many developments, such as new brick housing and new schools being built and the creation of a central business district in the township. However, many residents strongly dispute the claim that the quality of life has improved and claim that crime rates remain very high and that only a few residents see improvements as a result of infrastructure and welfare interventions.
But the new Pop-Up Cinema is improving the lives of the kids by giving them a safe space during the weekend and public holidays, as Soithela treats them to movies and light snacks at his Vuma Pop-Up Cinema.
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