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Beautifully filmed in the waters of Kwazulu-Natal’s Sodwana Bay, Phefumla shows how a marine scientist who grew up in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats, overcomes his fear of drowning. “Breathe” (“phefumla” in Zulu), Loyiso Dunga tells himself, as he ventures into the ocean, knowing he is not a good swimmer. Scared, but enchanted by the diversity of life under the water, he swims out, again and again, a metaphor for learning, for life’s journey.


Maishe Mosala


Loyiso Dunga

Executive Producers

Noel Kok, Pragna Parsotam Kok, Takalani Mulaudzi


Fiona Tande, Duncan Tilley

The kid from Khayelitsha who became a marine biologist overcomes his fear of the ocean.

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