StreetSmart South Africa has handed over R600 000 to their Cape Town beneficiaries for 2017. This is part of an allocation of over R1 million raised nationally for the third consecutive year by StreetSmart SA with the balance to be distributed in the other regions later this month. 


The Cape Town beneficiaries are Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Home from Home - Masiphumulele, Ocean View and Westlake, Learn to Live, Ons Plek, T.L.C. Outreach Projects, and School of Hope – Thembalitsha Foundation.


CPT MultiService Centre

Elsa van Huyssteen (CPT Multi-Service Centre)

& Caroline Bagley (StreetSmart SA Board Member)

Home From Home

Eilene Michaels (Home from Home), Marion Thomas

(StreetSmart SA Board Member) & Charisse Fourie (Home from Home)


Colleen Pietersen (TLC Outreach Projects) & Margi Biggs (StreetSmart SA Founder)

There are currently 31 restaurants in Cape Town that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of street children. Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to each table's bill at participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to.


“StreetSmart, through the work of our beneficiaries, provides opportunities to empower street children and other vulnerable children in our communities to live viable lives. Through the generosity of our restaurant partners and other supporters we are able to continue to expand our national footprint. For the third time in a row, StreetSmart will be disbursing over

R1 million to beneficiaries nationally. We are so excited to be able to continue this work through responsible giving via StreetSmart restaurants.” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.

                                  Melanie SpeechMelanie Burke (StreetSmart SA  Chairman)


Expressing her gratitude, Madeleine Thornhill, Principal of Learn to Live School of Skills, one of the selected StreetSmart beneficiaries for 2017, said: “I could write books about the impact that StreetSmart funding has on our children. What stands out for me is that our learners, who come from impoverished, gang invested areas with little to no hope of a better future, get an opportunity to escape from their environment. Through the life skills and vocational training that we offer, they have a chance of a better future. With basic skills in panel beating these young people can find employment and break the generational cycle of poverty in their families. Thank you so much!”

Read more: StreetSmart diners raise R600 000 in Cape Town  


Anele's Story  



Anele, a Xhosa speaking Grade 2 learner, started with the StreetSmart - Klipfontein Primary School Aftercare Programme at the end of March 2015. Because he struggled with the basic concepts of English, he struggled with the majority of his subjects.


Due to the language barrier, it was extremely challenging to communicate with this learner. He was shy and withdrawn, lacked self-confidence and did not participate in class or group activities. As a result of the concerted efforts and six months of intensive individual attention of the aftercare teachers in liaison with Anele's class teacher, he made good progress and is now able to express himself in a second language.


Anele has gained confidence, is a much happier boy and since he now has a good grasp of English, he participates in class and group activities. Nowadays, according to his Grade 2 class teacher, he wants to be heard!




Cape Camino

Cape Camino StreetSmart SA pilgrimage is back for another 2 days of walking

the next leg of the Cape Camino route. 

This year we are taking on 'Cape Buchu' (Simon's Town to Scarborough) 

and 'Lady Lighthouse' (Scarborough to Kommetjie).  

Once again, R500 of the ticket fee will go towards StreetSmart.

A special performance by sound healing musician, Chris Tokalon,

will take place on Saturday evening before dinner.


Standard Option: 
R1 500 - includes shared accommodation, dinner, breakfast, guides, 2 Cape Camino t-shirts,

cap, car sticker and a Cape Camino Infinity Passport.

For an extra R750 upgrade to luxury guest house accommodation.


Day 1 (18km) magnificent views, fynbos thickets, wildlife. Buddhist retreat, sound healing, local cuisine in Scarborough.

Day 2 (10km) Soetwater resort, rock pools, lighthouse, fresh clean air, restful and beautiful finish spot with tasty snacks in Kommetjie.

This pilgrimage event is suitable for all walkers. If you are passionate about making a change, then this weekend is for you.

If you are interested email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your place.

To purchase a ticket please make an EFT payment into the Cape Camino account before 1 November. 

ACCOUNT NUMBER 62528582770
BRANCH CODE: 2101140

Walk Your Way...
Cape Camino
+27 83 99 77 404





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A message from our founding Patron

The Arch and more kids LOW RES
"It gives me great pleasure to support StreetSmart South Africa.  So when you are enjoying an evening out with good foods, good wine and good company, reflect on how your life is enriched.  Then do a kind thing.  Give to StreetSmart.  God bless you."

Desmond M Tutu Archbishop Emeritus

Founding Patron of StreetSmart South Africa


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