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Places of safety, places of hope

Life in the townships can be tough. Services and resources are slender – while poverty, unemployment and overcrowding bring the inevitable social problems: drug and alcohol abuse, gangsterism, violence against women, child abuse and neglect.

Lack of sanitation, overcrowding and hunger fan the spread of TB, HIV and AIDS and other illness.

Amidst all this, our nine Community Development Centres [CDCs] stand out as beacons of hope in the most impoverished communities.

Community hubs

They are places were community members are empowered to improve their quality of life, with regard to:

  • Meeting basic needs of food and shelter.
  • Protecting vulnerable members of the community – especially women and children – subject to abuse, neglect and exploitation.
  • Strengthing and supporting families through marriage guidance, HIV and AIDS counselling and programmes for those who abuse drugs or alcohol.
  • Creating opportunities for communities to take action with regard to issues facing them.

For more information about individual CDCs, please select an area from the links on the right.

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Elsies River

Masizhake [Guguletu]

Masiphuhlisane [Khayelitsha]

Mbekweni [Paarl]

Siyakhulisa [Masiphumelele]



Hungry children receiving a meal at the Weltevreden Community Development Centre.

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