Mamelani at a Glance

Our Partners

Our Partners

Mamelani believes strongly in developing meaningful partnerships. We work closely with other NGOs and community-based organisations to cover the broad range of needs that the participants in our programmes have. We strive to build a strong network of inter-organisational referral and support structures.

Below are the organisations who we consider implementing partners, as we work together with them to jointly deliver services.

Youth Development Programme Implementing Partners

We have partnered with the Western Cape Department of Social Development and the following Child and Youth Care Centres and organisations in the Capacity Building process aimed at strengthening Transitional Support Services in the Province.

Girls and Boys Town

Girls and Boys Town has eight registered Child and Youth Care Centres that offer residential care to children whose own families cannot cope and who don’t do well in foster care.

Holy Cross

Holy Cross is a Child and Youth Care Centre caring for 115 children and youth aged between 2 and 18 years from the greater Western Cape area. The Centre provides holistic development to those they care for. 

The Homestead (Projects for Street Children)

The Homestead offers a continuum of services, both on and off the street, and which together address the needs and challenges children face in successfully transitioning away from street life. The LaunchPad is the Homestead Transitional Residential Care Centre working with youth over the age of 16.

Home from Home

Home from Home is a registered cluster foster scheme. They currently have 34 foster homes.

Heatherdale Children’s Home

Heatherdale Children’s Home is a Child and Youth Care Centre based in Athlone. Heatherdale cares for roughly 50 children and youth, male and female, aged between 4 and 18. 

Lawrence House

Lawrence House is a Child and Youth Care Centre based in Woodstock. The Centre cares for up to 25 children and youth, male and female. They specialise in the care and protection of unaccompanied foreign minors and refugee children, as well as children who have experienced trauma. 

South African Children’s Home

SA Children’s Home is a Child and Youth Care Centre based in Tamboerskloof that provides care for up to 44 children and youth. 

St George’s home for Girls

St Georges Home is Child and Youth Care Center based in Wynberg that cares for up to 40 girls and young women.

Community Health Programme Implementing Partners:

Western Cape on Wellness (WOW)

WOW is a pilot programme launched by the Western Cape Government to prevent lifestyle diseases in the Western Cape.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF-SA) > Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is a private international association that aims to ensure that all people should have access to healthcare regardless of gender, race, religion, creed or political affiliation, and that people’s medical needs outweigh respect for national boundaries. 

Department of Human Nutrition, University of Cape Town (UCT)

Support with training in nutrition and health promotion with regard to Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle.
Implementing partner in the health programme.

People’s Health Movement (PHM-SA)

The mission of the PHM-SA is to improve the capacity of individuals and communities to realize their right to health and health care, and to advocate for a Primary Health Care approach. Their flagship project in SA : The Right to Health Campaign, and the speedy and comprehenisive implementation of the National Health Insurance.

Kuyasa Clinic

Primary health care facility providing HIV, AIDS and TB related treatment and care. Mamelani has partnered with the clinic to facilitate community-based ARV adherance clubs. 

Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen

The Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen is a community project that was started by one of Mamelani’s Community Champions. The Soup Kitchen provides 250 meals a day to children and adults from Kuyasa with a particular focus on people who are on treatment. 

Grandmothers Network

Masikhulisane Bogogo is a network of grandmothers that Mamelani has been working with. The group emerged out of the Grandmother’s Gathering at the 2016 International Aids Conference. The Grandmothers Gathering was supported by The Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Capacitar International

Teaching stress management and self-healing techniques.

The Department of Social Development

Statutory referrals.


Mental Health services for children and families in Khayelitsha.


Family and Marriage counselling services.

Lifeline / Childline

Accessible, confidential and non-directive counselling services 24 hours a day.


Training, service and healing for women with a particular focus on victims of domestic abuse.

Nonceba Counselling Centre

Helping victims of child abuse and neglect.

The Parent Centre

Support services for children, parents and caregivers.

Rapcan (Resources Aimed at the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect)

Protecting children’s rights

Rape Crisis

Support services and information for rape survivors.

Amandla Kulutsha

Uses the power of football combined with holistic education to empower young people and to change lives.

Cornerstone College

Leadership and management training programmes to corporates, government and communities

Earthchild Project

Developing a new generation of conscious, confident and responsible children.

Echo House

Provides a support system for vulnerable youth through weekly youth programmes, free counselling services and access to supported accommodation .

Ikamva Youth

Empowerment of youth through education, e-literacy training and career guidance.

Beth Uriel

Post-18 residential home providing education and development.

Best College

Basic Education and skills training for young people who have fallen behind in their education or who battle to cope in the mainstream education system.

Fountain of Hope

Post-18 accommodation.

Educo Africa

Youth Development organisation using the Wilderness for developing youth leadership.

Grassroots Soccer

Adolescent health organizationon that leverages the power of soccer to educate, inspire and mobilize youth in developing countries.


Offers skills and training, community development, social and disruptive innovation, mobile and internet solutions, social entreprise incubation, impact investing and social franchising.

School of Hope

Providing hope and education to youth at risk.

O Graceland

Provides a safe space for 20 young women over the age of 18 to grow and get ready to step into their adult lives.

Soil For Life

Focus on developing home food gardens.

Noluthando Skills Training Centre

Vocational training and job placement centre.

False Bay College

Internships for youth to be part of the team creating a youth magazine, for youth, by youth.


Assisting the unemployed find work.

Learn To Earn Khayelitsha

Offers practical and market related skills training combined with life skills and business skills training.

Network Wynberg

Offers courses that focus on increasing the self-confidence and readiness of participants to enter into the job market.

Robin Trust

Robin Trust offers courses in Home Based Care, Community Health Worker and Nursing Training courses.

Young People @ work

Runs various programmes to empower unemployed youth to access sustainable employment, learnerships/internships and further studies as part of a process of life long learning.

Ubuntu Touch

Ubuntu Touch Project trains students in massage and other therapies, enabling them to deliver treatments in corporate and community settings. Students are also trained in basic business skills required to manage their own small business.


Promotes and facilitates learning, information sharing, discussion, networking, support and accountable practice amongst all who work with children, youth and families.

The Children’s Institute

Leader in child policy research and advocacy in South Africa. Children’s Institute assists policy-makers and practitioners to create policies, programmes and institutions that support the best interests of the country’s children.

The Community Development Resource Association

Supports authentic and coherent development practice amongst people, organisations and institutions working towards those forms of social transformation that most benefit the poor and marginalized. 

Development Works

Specialists in the developmental sector.

NACOSA-WC (Networking AIDS Community of South Africa)

Capacity building and networking AIDS organisations.

MSAT’s (Multi Sectoral Action Teams)

Mamelani is part of community structures in the areas in which we work including the MSAT structures.

The National Association of Child and Youth Care Workers (NACCW)

Professional network, partner in development, information source, training provider and advocacy body for children

Training for Transformation

The Training for Transformation Diploma explores the Key Concepts of Paulo Freire, reflecting on the applicability of such concepts to enhance the work of organizations in communities with whom they engage

Western Cape Youth Development Forum

A networking forum for organisations working with youth at risk.

Proteus Initiative

Support for the strengthening of development practice.

Hands On

Support for Organisational Development.