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Breadline Africa celebrates National Women’s Day on 7th August 2014

August, 9th National Women’s Day in South Africa is celebrated annually – it’s a day that pays homage to the women of our nation; – the mothers, the wives, the sisters and the daughters who fought tirelessly against the tyranny of the Apartheid.


This year Breadline Africa celebrated Women’s Day at the renowned tourist destination, the Look Out Hill, at the Malibongwe Restaurant in Khayelitsha.  Approximately 100 women from various container projects were invited to the luncheon. We felt that it was an opportune moment to thank these women for the love and care that they share with so many under privileged communities through very difficult circumstances.

The women arrived dressed in their Africa traditional attire – the weather was a perfect match as sunshine and blue skies looked down on the day’s festivities.  It was an honour to thank these heroic women for the admirable work that they do.  They are the Ambassadors for Breadline Africa as they continue to do remarkable work in the renovated containers supplied to them by Breadline Africa.

In honor of Women’s day we invited Andrea Dondolo, story teller and actor, as our key note speaker, who delivered a very image3powerful speech as she recalled the history of Women’s Day.  She encouraged the women in attendance to grow strong in what they are doing, to conquer and to rise up to their dreams. Andrea said that as Women we have a voice, and that we should use our voice to achieve our purpose.  As women we sow the seeds of our own integrity.  The seeds that we sow should enable us to reap the rewards the Creator has for us.

Andrea emphasized and made it clear to the women, ‘You are the mirrors of society, you are the ones that our children first encounter – you are the heroines’.  Often times we are so overwhelmed by the little babies or children at your centers that we forget to say “thank you” to you. Today’s event is meant to nurture you;  we thank you for your commitment to our communities.”

image4Mrs Leah Tutu, wife of Archbishop Desmond Tutu encouraged the women to continue their good work.  Mrs Tutu said that as women we are “human builders” and that we are good at what we are doing.  We also have to be our Sisters keepers and therefore we all have to carry on with the good that we are doing.

Also in attendance were various performers that rendered items of song and dance to entertain our guests which they thoroughly enjoyed.

We were in awe of the significant work that these women do not only on a national level, but globally. It’s been said that women are the architects of society and today particularly, being surrounded by such inspirational women, is a great statement.

We salute all the beautiful heroic women that go the extra mile to ensure that the children, the youth, the unemployed and senior citizens in their communities are being empowered and kept safe.


Breadline Africa to host its annual comedy show featuring Shimmy Isaacs, Dalin Oliver, Wayne McKay and CJ Benson

Breadline Africa, one of the biggest suppliers of converted containers for poverty relief in Southern Africa, will host its annual Comedy Show on Thursday, September 4th, at the Protea Hotel in Sea Point. The proceeds from the show will go towards a series of seaside outings hosted at the end of the year for children from underprivileged communities in the Cape Town area and surrounds.

The show will feature the likes of comedians Shimmy Isaacs, Dalin Oliver, Wayne McKay and CJ Benson. Seasoned comedians, each one has performed at some of Cape Town’s comedy hotspots such as The Cape Collective and Jou Ma Se Comedy Club. “The saying ‘a day without laughter is a day wasted’ is one that truly resounds with me as a comedian,” says Shimmy Isaacs. “When Breadline Africa approached me to partner with them for this year’s event, I was more than happy to do so. I get to use my craft as a comedian to touch the lives of children, especially those within my community, who at times do not get to use up their daily laughter quota because of the sometimes awful circumstances they find themselves in.”

“Many of the children who come along on these trips have never been to the sea,” says Breadline Africa Projects Officer, Edna Titus. “As a team, this is the best way for us to end our year. The children come from such extreme poverty and hardship, the very least we can do for them is give them a little gift of a trip to the sea – it just adds a sparkle of joy to their lives at a time where every little child deserves a little bit of a spoil.”

Tickets are on sale for R170 and include a welcome drink and canapés upon arrival. For online bookings please visit: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/5989-bread-line-africa-annual-comedy-show/ or contact Breadline Africa directly on 021 418 0322 or info@breadlineafrica.org.za

46th Mandela Day Library launched in Phalaborwa sponsored by ShoutSA

Pondo Combined  School – 6 August  2014

Lulekani, Phalaborwa, Limpopo.

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SHOUTSA, founded by local musicians Danny K and Kabelo, sell music and merchandise to raise funds for projects that will prevent the scourge of crime in our society. The organisations mantra, “A better ME, a greater WE” is reflective of its movement toward investing in education; understanding that projects with high impact on children and their ability to see the world differently means laying a foundation for a safer South Africa.

On the 6th August, just a short while after the world celebrated International Mandela Day, SHOUTSA are still busy giving back. This Group of dancerstime a SEED library was launched at Pondo Combined School in the Mopani District of Limpopo province, one of the least resourced provinces in the country. Network BBDO, the MAL  Foundation and Architects of Justice are all partners in this initiative; each having worked tirelessly to produce an incredibly innovative library design.

The library opened with 2 500 brand new books covering a variety of subjects and reading levels that will support both teachers and learners with the curriculum and their inquiry into worlds they would not normally be able to see and imagine given the socio-economic status of the community.

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It was a very special day for Pondo Combined School as the brand new TV show called “Play Your Part” airing currently on national TV channel SABC 2, filmed the launch ceremony, and the library.  As a media partner, SABC is ensuring that the project gains much.

The entire day was dedicated to the value of a reading culture for learners and its potential impact on their lives. District Circuit Manager, Ms. Baloyi, address the audience with an impassioned speech themed around commitment of teachers, parents and learners in the development of individuals and the community. During the library launch, the children got involved in and celebrated their new library with traditional dance and readings from South African author, Lee-Anne Flack’s Constitutional Kids.  publicity as possible with the aim of encouraging ordinary South Africans to work together in fighting crime through education by celebrating what has been achieved thus far.

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All 1 469 children attending Pondo Combined School are sure to enjoy visiting their new library.

Press Release: As MECs welcome the end of the Limpopo intervention, Pondo Combined School welcomes its brand new up-cycled container library

Limpopo, August 6th, 2014 – Just a few days ago, 5 Limpopo MECs were handed back control over their departments. In a province where financial mismanagement threatened to paralyze service delivery, national government took control of almost half of Limpopo’s departments including education, health, public works, roads and transport and treasury. It has taken the administration more than two-and-a half years to bring financial stability and sustainability to the affected departments.

In a move to support the province and some of its greatest assets, Breadline Africa in partnership with SHOUT SA launched a brand new SEED library at Pondo Combined School based in the Mopani District of Limpopo. Reading is a fundamental function in society. Most of our daily activities depend on the ability to read and people are limited in what they can accomplish without good reading and comprehension skills.

In the Annual National Assessments of 2013, the Department of Basic Education reported a direct relationship between literacy results and learner access to resources. In comparing grade 6 learner achievement levels based on government ranked poverty quintiles, the 2013 scores revealed a 16% difference in First Additional Language (FAL) results between those schools least resourced and those with good access. For Limpopo, being one of the two least resourced provinces in public education resource access in South Africa, this investment by SHOUT SA is certainly welcome.

Whilst education remains a top priority for government, non-profit and private sector organisations like Breadline Africa and Shout SA are pleased to be supporting government in its efforts by investing into primary level education. “The Mandela Day Libraries project is a simple yet impactful and sustainable initiative,” says Jade Orgill, Breadline Africa Project Manager. “We need to inspire a love of reading in a way that has a positive impact on literacy at primary school level. The art and discipline of reading is absolutely essential in gearing our children to become tomorrow’s leaders. Investing in education is so important if we are to make significant inroads into transformation.”

At the launch, school Principle Mr. Mkansi said, “The children of Pondo Combined Primary School are inspired to achieve the many wonderful things around them but don’t necessarily know how. Books are a way of inspiring children and a way of allowing them to live into their dreams.”

Breadline Africa is looking forward to launching many more Mandela Day Libraries across South Africa in the upcoming months – the benefit of which ensures that South Africa’s children have the opportunity to access the wonderful world of reading, one book at a time.




On Tuesday, 5th August 2014, the Masande Educare Centre opened the doors of its newly established container facilities in Khayelitsha, Western Cape. The guests gathered under the roof covering the little terrace between the four containers which host two classrooms, a kitchen and a toilet. Among the little crowd that assembled on the new premises were Ntombentsha Sobekwa, former Community Health Worker and the person responsible for the ECD, Sarah, a representative of the School Governing Board, Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe from the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and eldest daughter of Desmond Tutu, teachers, parents and the children. Despite the gloomy sky, the atmosphere was animated and became even brighter when the children sang and enacted songs in Xhosa and English.


Breadline Africa’s Programmes Manager, Puleng Phooko gave the opening speech for the little launch ceremony that was translated into Xhosa by BLA’s Thandiswa Adin. She welcomed the guests and thanked everyone for having ventured out in the rain. She expressed joy about the inauguration of the containers and her certainty that they were in good hands. Praising Ntombentsha for her work, commitment and vigour, she explained that Breadline Africa is glad to support this project that provides 42 children from the community with early education and care many would otherwise be lacking. She also gave sincere thanks to BLA’s partners, in particular the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation and Macquarie Securities, who contributed greatly to the project.

Puleng gave the floor to one of the School Governing Board members, who has known Ntombentsha for many years and witnessed that she bravely runs the ECD, dedicating her time, her heart and soul to the project. She underlined the struggles Ntombentsha has gone through and remembered the many disappointments she experienced because of past empty promises to receive help.

3Thandeka Tutu-Gxashe representing the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation emphasized the importance of early childhood development as the future of South Africa is in the hands of the children. With the devotion and endurance of people like Ntombentsha, stars are lid in the sombre sky.

Finally, Ntombentsha herself gave a moving speech in Xhosa, translated by Thandiswa, in which she expressed her deep gratitude for Breadline Africa’s help. She illustrated the hardship the community faces on a daily basis and explained that many children under her care have experienced rape and abuse in their homes. Her hard work and commitment is not rewarded with financial means as the parents do not pay. Consequently, she cannot pay the teacher, which fills her with sorrow. The guests outlined that she now has the opportunity to register her ECD and receive government funding, which would at least guarantee the most basic income. Ntombentsha directed her last words to Breadline Africa and partners and wholeheartedly thanked them for their efforts and for bringing rays of hope to the ECD family that before was confined in shacks.

First rays of sunshine touched the site when the crowd concluded the event with cheerful chats, biscuits and tea. Ntombentsha and her children have received a space to read, eat, sing, think and celebrate life and strive towards a bright future













Press Release: Following a wave of violent crime in Khayelitsha, a transformed Masande brings a multi-coloured message of hope

Cape Town, August 5th, 2014 – Located on the Cape Flats and nestled in the busy township of Khayelitsha, a little educare centre called Masande, received two upcycled 6 metre container classrooms, a 6 metre container kitchen and a 6 metre ablution block, on Tuesday 5th August. As part of last month’s globally celebrated Mandela Day, the radiantly coloured containers stood on display at the V&A Waterfront’s Clock Tower Square. It attracted locals and foreigners alike and served its purpose of educating the general public about just how functional upcycled containers can be.

IsiXhosa for new home, Khayelitsha welcomed the new learning centre for 42 learners between the age of 6 months and 6 years old. Following a spate of violent crime in the area, the brightly coloured Masande, which means “let us grow”, brings an uplifting “good news” story and message of hope to community members. Prior to receiving the new classroom and kitchen the conditions of Masande were shocking to say the least – severe leaking, no flushing toilets, an insufficient amount of educational and developmental learning material, etc. Nevertheless, it provided a reliable early childhood development service to the community.

Ntombentsha Sobekwa, the manager of Masande, was a community health worker for 15 years before starting the educare centre. Going from door-to-door, Ntombentsha came across many children both affected and infected by HIV/Aids, tuberculosis, sexual abuse and neglect. Moved by compassion, Masande opened its doors on January 12th 2009 to some of Khayelitsha’s most vulnerable children.

As Breadline Africa, Macquarie Securities and the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation presented Ntombentsha with the key to her new facility; she was overwhelmed with gratitude and joy and with tears in her eyes said, “I don’t know how nor do I have the words to thank you for what you have done for me and the children of Khayelitsha Site C. When I started the centre, conditions were very bad and time after time I was promised help from other NGOs, but nothing ever came of it. A huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders today – finally, a promise delivered.”

Programme Director for Breadline Africa Puleng Phooko said, “One of the most inspiring things about working for Breadline Africa is the fact that we are able to support individuals, like Ntombentsha, who make a remarkable difference in the lives of children who are exposed to dreadful conditions and who come from heart-breaking circumstances.  As a team we are more than thrilled to be supporting Ntombentsha and ultimately the community in this way.”

Happily lodged in its new home with donations of blankets, books, educational and developmental learning material, collected and gathered for the centre during Mandela Month, Masande looks forward to its continued work in the community of Khayelitsha.

Breadline Africa Presents : A Comedy Fundraiser

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Breadline Africa will be celebrating 21 years of serving the poor this year and part of honoring our commitment to the poor this year, we will be hosting our annual Comedy Fundraiser.  This event will help us to raise much needed funds towards the various programmes especially our major annual sea-side event.

Four of Cape Town’s most finest stand-up comedians, Wayne McKay, Dalin Oliver, Calvin John Benson and the most vibrant Shimmy Isaacs will be performing.  They will bring much laughter to a social evening of fun and one that will not be forgotten soon.

We will be serving a welcome drink to our guests and will serve Canape’s during interval.

The comedy show will be held on 4 September 2014, at the Protea Hotel in Sea Point. The price of the ticket is R170 per person.  The show will start at 18:30.

Please support our cause by booking your ticket on-line, click here .

Be part of our celebration this year as your support towards those less fortunate will be greatly appreciated.

Book your ticket today or call our office for more information on 021-418-0322.

Breadline Africa Fundraising and Awareness Campaign

Breadline Africa is currently being represented in Cape Town by a team of people who are raising awareness and funds for the work that we do.

Our team members are recognisable as they are wearing black Breadline Africa T-shirts, name tags and a unique fundraising number.

They are approaching members of the public at malls, events and businesses.

This is an internationally proven method of raising funds and awareness, however in South Africa; we are not too accustomed to this practice and are always quite sceptical of being approached as there are many con artists.

We assure the public that Breadline Africa is legitimately running the awareness and fundraising campaign and sincerely thank our donors and the public for taking the time to listen to our messages about how we convert disused shipping containers into vital community structures to help the underprivileged children of South Africa.

If you would like to contact please call the office on 021 418 0322 (8:30am – 4:30pm) or email us at info@breadlineafrica.org.za

Breadline Africa launches 45th Mandela Day Library sponsored by Volkswagen Community Trust

image 02imageCommemorating Nelson Mandela’s legacy of service to others, Breadline Africa, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory launched the 45th Mandela Day library sponsored by Volkswagen Community Trust. The launch took place just a day after Madiba’s birthday, a day celebrated as International Mandela Day, where South Africans and the international community are encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time to the upliftment of others.

image 3Volkswagen staff and their families arrived at Alfonso Arries Primary School early this Saturday morning, and despite the rain and cold weather, spent half a day showing their support in various ways. As part of their corporate social investment, Volkswagen initiated a “Show of Hands” campaign to get their employees actively involved in community development. This year, Alfonso Arries Primary School was selected as a beneficiary. The Volkswagen staff in their “Show of Hands”, planted trees, cleaned classrooms, and handed over a Mandela Day Library as well as a full rugby kits for the schools under 11 and 13 rugby teams. It certainly was a full day of activity, and Volkswagen staff certainly extended themselves beyond 67minutes for Mandela Day.Located between Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, Mrs. Mkencele (principal) runs the only primary school in the areiBali and Volkswagen staff. image 4

The public sector partnership with Breadline Africa means that the Mandela Day Library placed at Alfonso Arries Primary School will now be supported and monitored by district level library and information services to assist Breadline Africa in ensuring impact and sustainability. The acknowledgement and support received by National, Provincial and District level representatives from the Department of Basic Education on the day was very encouraging as it showed the importance of a multi-sector approach needed in literacy development for the children of South Africa. Additionally, the school will be further supported by “Reading for Enjoyment” focused NGO, Praesa. Their Nal ‘iBali campaign representatives were also present on the day launching a reading club in support of the schools literacy development efforts.



Today marks the first International Mandela Day since his death in December last year.  Breadline Africa displayed two containers, a classroom and a kitchen, at the Clock Tower precinct of the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town, from the 1st July until today.  This was a joint project with the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, the Waterfront management, Macquarie securities and several other partners. 

Although the weather was not very cooperative, at least the rain held off for most of the morning in Cape Town, after torrential downpours on Thursday.  At 9.30 a.m. the children of the Masande Educare Centre in Khayelitsha arrived, bundled up against the cold but very excited to be the centre of attention. At 10.07 a.m. Archbishop Tutu and his daughter Rev Mpho Tutu made an appearance, pushing a trolley full of toys and books to be donated to the new centre.  Tim was the MC and introduced Puleng Phooko, our Programmes Manager, who thanked all the many partners, enumerating the individual contributions which they had made to the project.  The Archbishop then spoke and had everyone rolling with laughter by imagining Madiba in heaven looking down on earth, joking with St Peter and being pleased with what we were doing.  He then, together with Ryan Brunsdon of Macquarie secs Literacy Charter and a copy of the book

The Herdboy by Niki Daly.  Because of the cold wind the whole group then moved inside the Clock Tower mall, to the Mandela Art Exhibition on the second floor.   Here a reading of the book to the children was commenced by the Archbishop and his daughter and taken up by several members of the public, fulfilling the requirement of 67 minutes of service for Mandela Day.  People could help to finish the portrait of Madiba with their thumb-prints, and there was painting for the children.  Finally the children were fed by the Desmond and Leah Tutu Foundation. equipped centre of two classrooms, a kitchen and a toilet block.Mandela Day handover 18 July 2014 (6)

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