Mamelani at a Glance

Our Achievements

Our Achievements


Mamelani was listed and funded on The South African Social Investment Exchange (SASIX) and selected as a good social investment, and later featured on the Greater Good website as a vetted and approved organisation.

In 2008 and 2011 Mamelani was voted one of Shoprite Checkers Community Projects of the Year. for her innovative work in the health sector.

In 2011, Mamelani’s director was selected as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 young South Africans for her innovative work in the health sector.

In June 2016, Mamelani Projects was named a Gold Award winner of the 2016 Department of Social Development’s Youth Excellence Awards (DSD Youth Awards) for their outstanding work with young people from marginalised communities in the Western Cape.


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Community Health Programme

Mamelani’s Wellness Programme was featured in the Swiss Human Rights Book series , which focuses on the right to health. Mamelani’s programme was featured as an innovative grassroots intervention.

Mamelani’s health programme inspired a health care intervention in Harlem, New York. To listen to an interview about this click here and to watch a short clip that was featured on PBS Newshour click here.

Proseed Youth Development Programme

Mamelani was selected by the Department of Social Development to pilot an independent Living Skills Programme for youth in Alternative Care in 2010. This pilot, in partnership with The Homestead Projects for Street Children, adapted Mamelani’s approach to working with children in residential care, to children who had grown up in foster care.

In 2012, Mamelani gathered information from the Child and Youth Care sector, documenting the experiences of care leavers in the Province, and making a case for the need to strengthen transitional support in the sector. To read the publication, click here.

As a result of the outcomes of that pilot programme and the research, in 2013, Mamelani was contracted by the Department of Social Development to test Mamelani’s approach to supporting youth in transition with Child and Youth Care Centers in the province.

In 2015, Mamelani published a resource guide in support of Child and Youth Care Centres strengthening their Transitional Support Programmes. To download the Resource Book, click here.

Mamelani’s Youth Programme was featured in a UK journal, Childcare in Practice, as part of an International Edition on “Youth Leaving Care”. To read the article, click here.