Who We Are
The Emerge Project is a storytelling project that highlights the ways in which Black entrepreneurs and community leaders drive growth and development at the grassroots level in South Africa and Brazil.
All around the world, Black people tend to be seen as needy, troublesome, incapable of generating solutions without outside direction. Our project aims to show that, in fact, the opposite is true: Black people–ordinary, everyday people–are constantly building and rebuilding foundations, using their ingenuity and limited resources to change the world around them.
We use short films, photo essays, articles and blogs to show the real people and the real movements that are driving change at the grassroots level, with an initial focus on Johannesburg, South Africa and Salvador, Brazil.
Selebogo Molefe was not what I expected. I first heard of him and The Hookup Dinner (THUD) while filming Marcia Simelane, one of The Emerge Project’s featured leaders; she spoke highly of him and THUD. She had won Pitch of the Night a couple of years back at THUD,...read more
Deep in heart of Alexandra Township is a group of young people being groomed to take on the world. They are problem-solvers in the making. Already active in their homes, communities and schools, learning the ins and outs of business and service on a micro level. They...read more
Every generation has its own battles to fight. It was on 16 June, 42 years ago that the youth of Soweto took to the streets to march against the use of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in education. Four decades later, on 16 June 2018, the youth of Alexandra, in...read more