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Poverty relief

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Whether you need food, clothing, shelter, information or support, Siyabonga Africa is here to help. If we can't help you ourselves, we'll put you in touch with others who can.

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Skills Development

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Take the first step towards changing your life, by signing up for one of our courses – get the skills and training you need to apply for a job or start your own business.

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Put your time and skills to good use. From admin work to serving meals to homeless people, you'll find soul satisfying opportunities to help at Siyabonga Africa.

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Training courses

Sponsor a course

If your company is looking for a great CSI initiative, why not sponsor one of our training courses? Help combat unemployment and get South Africa working.

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BBBEE scorecard

Earn BBBEE points

Contributions towards our work score points in three pillars – Skills Development, Enterprise & Supplier Development (ESD) and Socio-Economic Development (SED).

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Small business development

Small Business Support

Many small, start up businesses fail owing to lack of marketing materials and know how. Partner with Siyabonga Africa to provide business coaching and support services.

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Raise funds

Start your own fundraising initiative in support of our work – whether you run a marathon or host a fundraising dinner for your friends, you can make a real difference.

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Hire one of ours

We have well trained and work ready candidates just needing a chance to prove their ability. Give someone from an underprivileged background the opportunity to shine!

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Going the extra mile for Mandela

Thank you to all the friends and partners of Siyabonga Africa who joined hands with us to honour the 100 year legacy and celebrate Mandela Day 2018 by going the extra mile.

Here are some of the highlights of what was achieved throughout the week:

  • Monday, 16 July 2018, in Springs (Butler Park, Geduld) – over 50 homeless people received food, blankets, warm gloves, beanies and medical help at the mobile clinic.
  • Tuesday, 17 July 2018, in Benoni (Benoni Plaza) – over 70 young people living in unspeakable circumstances received food, blankets, warm gloves, boots and beanies. Tem of them asked for help to escape a life of drugs and abuse. Siyabonga Africa is assisting them in the application process for rehabilitation, including medical checks, transport, toiletries and clothing.
  • Wednesday morning, 18 July 2018 – Siyabonga Africa joined various stakeholders at an event which reached out to members of the Jacob’s Farm community in Springs. The 30 abandoned and neglected households received aid in the form of food, blankets, winter warmers, clothing, toys, information and much more.
  • Wednesday afternoon, 18 July 2018 – the Siyabonga Africa team continued serving the homeless and hungry in Brakpan (near the Brakpan sports fields). 88 people, some of whom are mothers and pensioners, received warm blankets, food, clothing, beanies and gloves. Our volunteers engaged with a number of people who are affected by substance abuse in some or other way, to provide information on access to help and support.
  • Friday, 20 July 2018 in Boksburg (Cason Rd, across from the U-Save Supermarket with Annemarie Van der Merwe and her husband Cobus, who run a soup kitchen in Boksburg weekly) – over 100 adults and children received aid in the form of food, blankets, beanies, gloves and goodies for the little ones. A certain elderly gentleman, with gaping and oozing wounds on his legs, requested medical help and a place to stay. We are in the process of linking him to the specialised care he needs.

Mandela Day might be over, but our work in the Street to Feet programme continues. If you would like to assist in any way, please email our Street to Feet programme manager, Carol Mofokeng or contact her on 011 744 4350 – or use the form below to make an immediate donation to help someone in true and desperate need.

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What We Do

Siyabonga Africa creates opportunities for unemployed, poverty stricken and destitute people to discover solutions to their situation, and provides seed funding to encourage entreprenuership.

Distribution Centre

Community Care

In kind donations of food, clothing, blankets, toiletries, second hand furniture and other items are distributed to needy members of the community, whilst our iDesk provides access to information and resources that can help them get back on their feet.

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Street to Feet

Over 4 500 homeless people live on the streets of Johannesburg, sheltering in doorways and under bridges. We aim to rehabilitate them, by providing transitional housing and basic neccesities while creating opportunities for them to make improved life decisions.

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Buyisa Ubuntu Food Bank

Managing one of the largest Food Banks in Gauteng, on behalf of the Department of Social Development, we distribute food parcels, clothing, cleaning supplies and emergency aid to those living in dire poverty, as well as those affected by fires, floods and illness.

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Skills Centre

Skills Centre

This programme aims to give underserved youth the opportunity to gain marketable skills. We not only train students in technical skills, but also life skills so they are better equipped to become agents of change for themselves and future generations.

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business creation

Small Business Development

By far the biggest socio-economic challenge in South Africa is the high rate of unemployment. We work with small and micro-business owners to help them to sustain and grow their businesses, by providing training and a vital link between them and funding partners.

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Job Creation

Income Generating Projects

Income generation models (e.g. egg farming, bakeries, vegetable gardens) are piloted at Siyabonga Africa and upscaled or replicated to create jobs. Most projects not only provide an income, but also address social or environmental issues such as food security.

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News & Events

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Supplier Development Programme

Siyabonga Africa recently launched its first programme aimed at preparing suppliers for business.

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Women in Business

During August, Siyabonga Africa hosted four impactful and inspiring Women in Business workshops.

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10 young people off the street

Our Mandela Week outreach to Benoni identified ten youth who took the first step to leaving their life of addiction.

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Vote for us!

Use your MySchool|MyVillage|MyPlanet membership to vote for Siyabonga Africa in the Vote4Charity Competition – and stand the chance of winning a R5 000 gift card!

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Clover Mama Afrika Smarties Week 2018

Siyabonga Africa recently participated in this year's Clover Mama Afrika Smarties Week, the theme of which was 'Turn over a new Leaf'.

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Free bread recipe

Learn the secret to making delicious, fresh, bakery quality bread.

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Supporters' Calendar

Unique calendar and stickers popular with Siyabonga Africa supporters.

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Freed from life on the street

Our goal for 2017 is to re-integrate 600 street people.

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Relief for poorest

5000 food parcels delivered by our Foodbank, run in partnership with the Dept of Social Development.

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