Crime Doesn’t Pay

We are excited to share the first of five films made at Tshepo Hope as part of the Changing the Story project. Crime Doesn’t Pay was made by a group of students aged 10-13 and is about the consequences of crime. This is a key issue the children felt needed to be addressed in their community. The song is well known in South Africa as something that prisoners sing when they miss their families, expressing regret for their actions.

We hope you’ll agree that these kids are incredibly talented!

Watch the film below.




Siyanda Serobe

Tsebo Renkintseng

Sphiwe Gumbi

Mveleli Mpongeoana

Karabo Sefatsa


Group Leaders:

Hanry Mogodi

Tonie Mokoena

Rebecca Macklin



February Trip


We’ll be meeting the children that we’re working with on Monday and learning about their experiences. But what about their mentors? Here is an insight into what happened on the February trip and the incredible films that were made then.


So, What’s It All About?

This month, a group of students from the University of Leeds will be visiting Tsakane Township in South Africa. Through making comics and films with children ages 8-15, we hope to empower the young generation of South Africa and give them the chance to tell their own stories in their own way.

Watch our pre-trip video to learn more about the project, why we’re going and what we hope to achieve.