Purpose and History


Breadline Africa Positioning Statement

History – the journey since 1993

Breadline Africa was established in Cape Town in 1993 and registered as a non-profit organisation in South Africa. It is also registered as a charity in the UK. Breadline Africa recognised that a great deal of grassroots development had to take place as a part of the nation-building process, and that government structures would not be in a position to provide all of the resources to facilitate this process. Attention was given to the needs of community-based organisations and Breadline Africa raised and distributed in excess of R117-million to more than 330 organisations.

More recently, Breadline Africa has focused its attention on infrastructure projects benefiting early childhood development (ECDs – providing educational support to children between the ages of one and six years), and children and youth in literacy. Today, Breadline Africa is one of the biggest suppliers of converted shipping containers for poverty relief in South Africa and has delivered more than 360 containers to poverty-stricken communities across the country.

The focus is clustered into three main areas:

  1. Library Project: Container library project, in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, that provides libraries in refurbished shipping containers for under-resourced primary schools across South Africa;
  2. Early Childhood Development Centres (Nursery Schools): Infrastructure projects for pre-school facilities, providing classrooms, toilet facilities or kitchens using converted shipping containers;
  3. Initiatives and special community projects: Seaside outings, feeding programmes and school stationery packs.

In July 2015, Breadline Africa changed its logo, not only because it was time for a facelift after 21 years but also to reflect how the child is brought into the centre of everything they do.