What We Do

Siyabonga Africa's programmes are designed to lead people, step by step, from poverty and despair to becoming self sufficient contributing members of their community.

Because every situation and every person is different, our ultimate aim is to guide people towards finding their own best solutions to their situation, and supporting and encouraging them to make the necessary changes in their lives to achieve their goals.


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COMMUNITY CARE

Our aim is to provide poverty alleviation assistance to those in need. Each person who applies for help, is profiled to identify the best form of support. If the help required is beyond the scope of our services, the person will be referred to relevant NGOs, counsellors, social workers, churches and specialised services. Depending on individual circumstances, profiled recipients could receive:

Emergency relief, such as:

  • Food
  • Blankets
  • Clothing
  • Various basic items/support as available

Access to Information, such as where to find:
  • Social services and shelters
  • Government and municipal services
  • Drug Rehabilitation services and support
  • Skills Training and Education providers and opportunities
  • Small Business Development information and services
  • Employment opportunities
  • Local news and other reading materials

Access to facilities and business services, such as:
  • Facsimile machine
  • Photostat machine
  • CV assistance
  • Access to telephone
  • Internet and Email facilities

If you need assistance, please get in touch with us by clicking the button alongside, and a friendly Siyabong African will contact you shortly.

STREET TO FEET

In Johannesburg alone, there are over 4500 people who find shelter in doorways, under bridges, on pavements and in abandoned buildings. 

These people are completely dependent on the goodwill of others for survival.  Young women and children are the main victims and often face unspeakable challenges.  Desperation can push them into prostitution, addiction and crime, which futher impacts on their chances of returning to a normal way of life.

Siyabonga Africa’s Street-to-Feet Programme is aimed at rehabilitating and restoring homeless people – providing them with transitional housing and taking care of their primary needs, while giving them opportunities to learn and make improved life decisions.

The step-by-step programme includes:

  • 1. Primary needs support (food, clothing, toiletries)
  • 2. Access to counselling
  • 3. Life Skills/Personal Development Courses
  • 4. Skills Training
  • 5. Child Care
  • 6. Job preparation
  • 7. Access to employment
  • 8. Referrals
  • 9. Other

Over the past 12 months, 72 people (single women and women with children and families) have participated in the programme.

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BUYISA UBUNTU FOOD BANK

    Buyisa Ubuntu means “Bring back Humanity” which perfectly describes the function of our Food Bank Programme. It is designed to address the immediate needs of vulnerable people living in extreme poverty.

    Such people include the elderly, child-headed homes, HIV/Aids sufferers and their families, those with disabilities, etc.

    As one of the largest Food banks in Gauteng, managed by Siyabonga Africa on behalf of the Department of Social Development, we distribute:

    • • Food parcels
    • • Clothing and blankets
    • • Referrals for further social support, skills training and education opportunities
    • • Emergency support in cases of xenophobia, shack fires, floods and crisis situations

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

Empowering people with skills they can use to gain employment or start their own businesses is the most long term and sustainable solution to breaking the cycle of poverty.

Our newly accredited Skills Centre offers a range of courses designed to provide the underserved youth of our community with the opportunity to complete their education and gain skills that will propel them into the world of work.

Along with technical skills, we ofer valuable life skills and access to other social support structures. In this way, we equip each person to become an agent of change for himself and future generations.

In 2016, over 1000 people received training in a variety of skills; we are gearing up for 2017 with additional courses and franchise business opportunities.

Courses offered

Grade 12 /
for over 21s

Grade 12 for over 21s

An opportunity for High School dropouts to achieve a Senior Certificate or Matric pass.

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Computer Literacy

Computer Literacy

Siyabonga Africa is an approved and registered International Computer Driver's Licence Centre.

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Practical skills

Practical skills

Baking/food preparation
Egg farming
Vegetable gardening
Recycling
Early Childhood Development

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Life Skills

Life Skills

Personal development
Job Readiness
Interview techniques
Communication skills
Goal setting

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SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

    With 13 years' experience, Siyabonga Africa believes that enterprise development is the key to poverty reduction and wealth creation for all South Africans. Encouraging entrepreneurial activity within the townships enables community members to become players in the local economy. However, sadly, 80% of start up businesses in the townships fail within the first two years.

    Siyabonga Africa is committed to working with small and micro business owners (formal or informal in nature) to help them to sustain and grow their existing or newly formed entities. Since 2004, we have successfully implemented over 300 start-up businesses and created hundreds of jobs through this initiative.

    We offer business coaching and one-on-one mentorship aimed at building capacity and financial stability through sound principals of business management, savings, record keeping, customer relations and possibly capital investment.

    We work with the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller, Local Economic Development, National Youth Development Agency, Social Workers, NPOs and local government to find creative new ways to get South Africa working.

INCOME GENERATING PROJECTS

Ideas for new income generation projects or enterprise development models are piloted first within our organisation – and then used as skills training mechanisms to further impact the communities we serve. In this way we are able to build capacity from within, minimise the risk of piloting programmes outside our organisation, and we are able to upscale or replicate workable models in order to establish new small businesses or create jobs.

The majority of these projects are geared towards income generation whilst at the same time addressing social or environmental issues within the community, such as food security and pollution.

Examples include:

  • • Siyabonga Africa Egg Farm
  • • Siyabonga Africa Bakery and Canteen
  • • Siyabonga Africa Vegetable Garden
  • • Siyabonga Africa Child Care Centre


And in the pipeline:
  • • Siyabonga Africa Recycling
  • • Siyabonga Africa Compost
  • • Siyabonga Africa Cleaning Materials