Building her community: Grace Masena

Grace Masena, one of the three recipients of Afrika Tikkun’s Community Builder Award, is an inspiration to her peers. This Diepsloot resident was a victim of abuse by her husband for almost 15 years. After sustaining injuries from her husband that rendered her bedridden for 2 weeks, Grace decided to seek help from social workers.


Getting creative during Mandela Month

As a result of the lockdown we were unable to go out into the communities to celebrate Madiba’s birthday on the scale we’ve grown accustomed to. Instead, our four centres in Alexandra, Diepsloot, Braamfontein and Orange Farm displayed the artistic skills of our young people by drawing and painting the image of former president Nelson


Art Against Abuse

Our young people speak out against Violence against Women and Children Hlengiwe Nsibanyoni – Never let the fear of striking out get in your way My name is Hlengiwe Nsibanyoni, a 16-year-old girl from Alexandra. Woman and children abuse is a terrifying thing that makes me angry and causes me to live in trepidation. I


Ubuntu – The philosophy we need to all follow right now!

South Africa (03 June 2020) – Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term meaning “humanity.” It is often translated as “I am because we are,” or “humanity towards others,” or in Xhosa, “umntu ngumntu ngabantu” but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean “the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all


Lockdown Stories

Young People’s Experience During the Pandemic Over the last few weeks we’ve been inundated with Covid-19 news, advice and memes. What we’ve heard relatively little about is how people are really coping, particularly young people. In light of this, we reached out to a few young people in our Child and Youth Development Programme at



Afrika Tikkun gets massive Internet upgrade from Workonline Communications boosting connectivity for thousands of learners across the country Workonline Communications, a pan-African, global Network Service Provider, has radically increased its long-term commitment to providing Internet facilities to Afrika Tikkun Centres of Excellence across South Africa.  The five centres, which benefit over nine thousand young people,


Diatile Makuwa

Diatile Makuwa, 26, from Diepsloot, was introduced to Afrika Tikkun’s Dishumeleni self-help group in 2017. As a mom to a son diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of one, meeting caregivers and other parents of children with disabilities felt like a warm and welcoming safety net. It did however, take Diatile some time to



Difficult roads can sometimes lead to beautiful destinations. This is so true of my life journey so far. My Name is Phumzile Valashiya and I come from a township called Orange Farm out in Vereeniging. I have been brought up by my family and they have shown me the true meaning of love, respect and


Power packs for a new school year

Across South Africa, Grade One learners are about to embark on an important chapter in their learning journey. Anxiety and tears often accompany this new and daunting experience. However, kids who recently graduated from Afrika Tikkun’s Early Childhood Development Programme at Uthando Centre in Braamfontein, will be making their first confident step in style. On


The future of business

Charitable giving is not a new phenomenon. It has been embedded in most societies for centuries, although it is at different phases of maturity across the globe. This decade sees philanthropy and sustainability at a pivotal point… The Changing Face of Philanthropy The forever evolving geopolitical landscapes of countries, continents and the world have led