Imagine yourself as a school leaver, without comfortably off parents to pay your university fees or fund a 'gap year' overseas. You need a job ... any job so you can support yourself and help out at home too.

You're willing to do anything. Work in an office, a factory, a restuarant, pack shelves or operate the till at a supermarket. Just something you can build on that, with hard work and the right attitude, could start you on the road to self sufficiency and financial security.

But then you realise that you are one of over 7 million young adults all chasing the same dream. And there are not nearly enough jobs to go round. As time passes, your enthusiasm and hope turn to bitter despair. Eventually you don't even bother trying to find that non-existent job.

If you're reading this and thinking: "It's not my problem," think again! Millions of idle, desperate young people with nothing to lose leads to all sorts of trouble. Handing out food parcels and social grants may help provide for their immediate needs. But these are not long-term solutions.

We have to get South Africa working. That means coming up with innovative solutions that offer young peope hope and opportunity. And that is what Siyabonga Africa is doing, with help from others who share our vision.

In the year ahead, we plan to train and develop 250 young people, and create 170 jobs in the informal/small business sector.

We know we can do it. Our successful track record speaks for itself. But we need your help too. Please consider contributing towards the cost of skills and business training – and play your part in growing our country's economy.

We can all be 'agents of change'. People with the goodwill and determination to make our country a land of opportunity again ... a place where everyone has the chance to build the life they want for themselves. Please join hands with Siyabonga Africa – and make your donation right now – toward a brighter, better future for us all.

We have a proven track record of successfully helping people to develop their own businesses ... baking, food gardening, garment making, child care, and more. With your support, we can help hundreds more young people find the path out of poverty.

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News & Events

A walk down memory lane
  • 22 January 2024

The roots of Siyabonga Africa run deep, planted in the soil of determination and community spirit. Our story began with land clearing on a piece of ground in Brakpan.

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Help someone take their first step on the path out of poverty
  • 5 January 2024

“A journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step.” But who would have thought that the first step would be a simple bowl of stew? Certainly not the 100 students who will arrive at Siyabonga Africa during January. All of them excited and enthusiastic to take the first step on their path out of poverty.

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Siyabonga Africa celebrates 40th Anniversary
  • 30 November 2023

What began as a crisis-relief and welfare organisation providing food and clothing to underprivileged and suffering people, has developed into a leading example of how people can be empowered to help themselves.

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Practically there
  • 18 October 2023

After completing their training, our 169 Early Childhood Development (ECD) graduates have embarked on the next exciting phase of their journey – practical experience at schools and day care centres.

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Sparking Bright Minds
  • 18 September 2023

At the heart of our commitment to nurturing young minds lies the passion and creativity of our amazing Early Childhood Development team.

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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

We provide access to information and resources, as well as emergency relief to ensure vulnerable people's basic needs are met. Emergency relief includes food parcels, ablution facilities for the homeless, blankets, clothing, toiletries and basic household items.

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Skills Centre

Skills Training

We help poor and disadvantaged people gain marketable skills to enable them to earn an income and provide for themselves and their families. Among the courses offered are life skills, welding, vegetable gardening, fashion design, bread baking and computer literacy.

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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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Emergency Helplines

Domestic violence: 0800 150 150
Childline: 0800 055 555
Lifeline: 0861 322 322
Life Threatening Emergencies (Ekurhuleni): 10177 | 011 458 0911
112 (from your cellphone) | 0860 543 000
24 Hour National Shelter Helpline: 0800 001 005
24 Hour Trauma Counseling & GBV Helpline: 082 821 3447
Rape Crisis: 021 447 9762 | 083 222 5164 (WhatsApp)
TEARS (Rape/Abuse) Helpline: 24/7 Free call *134*7355#



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