Transnet Freight Rail donated some much needed school supplies for our children who come from poor backgrounds at Siyaphambili.

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January is the begining of the new schooling which means that most of our vulnerable children are in desparate need of schooling equipment starting from uniforms to stationery.The reality is that most of them cannot even afford their basic school fees nevermind schooling equipment .We aim to gather support from companies and citizens who can assist us in assisting our children.

IMG-20140127-00173 - Copy We would like to take this opportunity and thank Transnet Freight Rail for supporting our children with their generous donations of needed schooling equipment and uniforms.We hope we will work hand in hand in ensuring a bright future for our children at Siyaphambili.

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Legal Expert Volunteer Needed

Siyaphambili Orphan Village is looking for legal experts that will assist the organization with advising the board  and also assist with amending the current Siyaphambili constitution.
We request the expertise of qualified law experts who have a passion for child advocacy or expertise in governance matters.


  • Qualified law expert or recent legal graduate
  • Interest in Civil society
  • Passion for children rights advocacy or general human rights advocacy
  • Available for a specified time
  • Genuine interest in giving back to local community.



If you are interested please contact Ndileka Xameni ( Siyaphambili Orphan Village Director)

Tel: 021 6948789

Cell: 082 3995028



Closing Date: 12th September 2013




Be the change you want to see in your society.

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The Power of Sharing

We often forget that even if we are going through many issues there are children out there experiencing worse situations that even your adult self wouldn’t be able to handle.This past weekend a good friend of mine Chevon Groenewald showed me that there are many individuals who care about their communities and giving back.

IMG-20130824-WA0019Chevon Groenewald being an active citizen and giving her time to Siyaphambili Orphan Village


When we talk about helping others who are less fortunate than ourselves it does not mean that one has to do things that are gigantic in gesture or involve large amounts of money. But rather doing something that comes from the heart and with a genuine wanting to make a difference in someone else life.IMG-20130824-WA0018 IMG-20130824-WA0017 IMG-20130824-WA0012 IMG-20130824-WA0003

Over the few past months I have been sharing with friends and family about my volunteering work at Siyaphambili and that they should also be more involved in their community initiatives.Then one day Chevon asked ” how can I do something or give back?” I replied and said giving back doesn’t have to take much sometimes offering an hour of our time or helping out with organizations such as Siyaphambili that could be considered as helping change the world for the better.

Chevon decided to share what she had, her clothing that had been piling up in her home and had no use for the clothing. She brought to the organizations shoes and clothing and bags for the young ladies who were very excited.Furthermore, she donated meat for the organizations and also spent time with the children.

Thank you Chevon and many other citizens that continue to support Siyaphambili Orphan Village with donations of kindness and devoting their time to making a difference in other less fortunate and vulnerable children’s lives.

Siyaphambili Orphan Village operates on the generosity of citizens who donate clothing, food and other essentials. We are not being supported by Department of Social Development and funding is scarce but that does not limit us from doing our work of advocating for the rights of the most vulnerable in our community.Protecting those who have lost loved ones due to HIV/AIDS and counseling child house headed homes so that they may be self-reliant citizens.


Our long term goal is to build an Orphanage that will enable all of our beneficiaries to be in the same premise so we may be able to give comfort and hope to children that have been devastated by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We hope that you may be able to help us achieve this long term goal.


Ask yourself how can you change the world for the better? What is it that you doing that can impact positively on other peoples lives? It does not take much sometimes all you have to do is avail yourself to your community and be the change you want to see in the world.




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Tragedy: Hostel FireTakes Two Lives

Last week we awoke to the tragic news that two of our beneficiaries were killed in a tragic fire accident.Kahemeni Lucia Pistol ( 61) grandmother to Liyema Mbizo (8) tragically died trapped in their hostel room on the 11th August 2013.


mamaburbed in FireKahemeni Lucia Pistol


child Liyema Mbizo


We are deeply traumatized by their unexpected death and send our heart  felt condolences to their extended family as they were part of the Siyaphambili family.Langa hostels and informal settlements are prone to fire disasters especially in winter because most families use candles and paraffin heaters which are often very unsafe.


gardenMamqwathi Kahemeni Lucia Pistol at the Siyaphambili garden.


Kahemeni Lucia Pistol was an active memeber of our grandmother support group and also often helped out with the food garden which helped her bring back food to her grandchildren. Her granddaughter Liyema Mbizo was actively involved in our after school counseling programmes and Siyaphambili extra mural activities.


The police are still investigating the cause of the fire and will update us and the family as to what might have cuased this senseless death. Siyabulela Primary school ( Liyema Mbizo ) attended, will host a memorial servive next wee thursday on the 27th August 2013 to celebrate the life of Liyemaaa and her grandmother. We will be there to support and also share our fond memories of Liyema and her grandmother.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort; who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.


We aim to create a safe environment of love and hope at Siyaphambili and through this difficult time we will support the family and the children at the home who have been traumatized by these tragic news.Liyema and  Kahemeni will be dearly missed at Siyaphambili , may your souls rest in peace as we will not forget your love and warmth.



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Building Capacity To Ensure Sustainablity


Last week saturday the Siyaphambili executive management  group held its second organizational development workshop facilitated  by Naren Sewpaul held at the Thembani Primary school in Langa.


The purpose of the workshop was to ensure and also understand the role organizational development, advocacy and mentoring in the non profit organization. The workshop was structured with various group activities that provided an interactive experience with the executive management volunteer team.


Key objectives of these series of workshop are as follows:

  1. Gaining support and commitment from team of volunteers
  2. Clarify goals and vision of Siyaphambili
  3. Clairity of responsibilities and roles of each volunteer
  4. Communicate on progress and planning of funding opportunities
  5. Creating systems for sustainability of the organization
  6. Ensuring systems of accountability


Executive Management volunteers that attended the workshop were, Mr. Mzwandile Mdidimba ( Project Manager) ,Mrs Nonyameko Luleka Gongxeka( Secretary) ,Ms Pumla Tokwe ( Finance Officer),Mr Mlungiseleli Dywili ( Advocacy Officer),Mrs Nomnikelo Sonkosi ( Treasurer),Ms Vuyelwa Gongxeka( Administrator/Social Media Coordinator),Mrs Nonthandazo Muhambazi ( Deputy Chair)


Core of Siyaphambili Volunteers:These individuals are true change agents who are committed to seeing progress and development within their community.

The staff that works at Siyaphambili there are three tiers to it:
1) There are Operational Volunteers, they manage the day to day activities of the organization, they are the facilitators and cookers, look after the children and facilitate the programmes:Ms Nomfundo Bavuma,Ms Nombungo Nonguazi,Mrs Nomnikelo Sonkosi,Ms Notembeko Manxiwa,Mr Pratick Katu, Mr Chumani Xameni,Ms Nomonde Mahlebza,Ms Thobeka Sothiya
2) Then we have the executive management volunteers, which deal with long term and short term activities such as strategy ,funding application, public relations matters,website,administration project management aspects and overall advocacy implementation :Mr Mdidimba( Project Manager), Ms. Pumla Tokwe ( Finance Officer),Ms Siphokazi Xameni (Facilitator /Child Headed House Hold Coordinator),Mrs Nonyameko Luleka Gongxeka ( Secretary)Mr Mlungiseleli Dywili ( Advocacy Officer) Ms Vuyelwa Gongxeka (Administrator/Website/Facebook Coordinator)
3) Then the third tier is the board of the organization however, we will be electing a new board by the end of this month as Siyaphambili Orphan Village mandates : Mr Mongezi Kweqe ( Chair Person),Mr Bhinqela,Mrs Nobanzi Gatya, Mrs Nonyameko Luleka Gongxeka ( Secretary) Nomthandazo Muhambazi ( Deputy Chair)


This workshop has been made possible through the funding of Forum Syd and we would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge their great support in enabling the growth of the Siyaphambili Organization and also their commitment to the upliftment of human right through supporting grass roots organizations such as Siyaphambili .


We will be having another three session workshops which last five hours per workshop and covering a wide range of organizational development issue so as to enable strong systems and accountability and sustainability of the work of Siyaphambili Orphan Village.

Thanking Thembani High School in Langa for their continued support to Siyaphambili.

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Cape Town’s fearless females:A look at six of the Mother City’s leading ladies

Woman’s Month is upon us and we take this time to celebrate the powerful role played  by women across South Africa. We know that women are often left to fend for their families and salvage broken communities.



It is important that we empower our woman especially those who are left vulnerable by situations beyond their control. At Siyaphambili we run programmes such as the Teenage Mothers support group , Grandparents support group and the young women empowerment groups. These programmes are aimed at empowering young girls and women who are  often those who have being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS or affected by the epidermic.We aim to empower women from across various age groups to be self reliant and aware of their rights by  providing  counseling session and workshops  so that they are educated on accessing their rights as woman and add value to their families and wider community.

Elegant Tribal Elders

Elegant Tribal Elders

Unfortunately the reality in South Africa is that we are still a very patriarchal  society and women and young girls are often have their rights infringed upon due to their gender. However, the South African Constitution implicitly states that

Section 9 – Equality

Women are obviously protected by the full range of rights guaranteed in the new Constitution – the rights to life, dignity, privacy and others. But they receive specific protection in section 9, entitled “Equality”. It says:

“(3) The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.”


We believe that in order for our nation to curb the destructive effectives of HIV/AIDS we need to empower women through education and awareness programmes so that they may be able to empower themselves in situations that might impair their dignity.



Women’s Day (August 9) honors the power of the women who rose up against the legislation that required black South Africans to carry the “pass” (special identification documents linked to the freedom of movement during the Apartheid era). These tenacious women and the countless others who embodied defiance in their own manner showed the country and the world the extent of female strength and resilience

Ndileka Xameni has been awarded the title of Fearless Female by the Cape Town online magazine for their Women’s mother publication.

Ndilkea and some of her AIDS orphans

Ndilkea and some of her AIDS orphans


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Ndileka Xameni – ALTRUISM

After witnessing first-hand the impact that HIV/AIDS has on little ones left behind by sick parents, Ndileka Xameni took it upon herself to provide care, food and shelter for orphaned and vulnerable children in Langa township, ignoring the stigma attached to the disease and opening up her own home to become a mama bear for those who had lost theirs to the virus.

The former social worker would invite the children of her terminally ill charges in Ward 18 at St Luke’s Hospice to her house every Saturday to give them food and letters written by their mothers, and eventually, she decided to devote herself full time to the cause and registered Siyaphambili AIDS Orphan Village, which means “moving on” in isiXhosa, as a non-profit organisation in 2005.

Siyaphambili is currently home to 17 orphaned and vulnerable children; although, at any given time the house in Langa can provide shelter to up to 35 kids. Plus, many others in the area rely on the daily hot lunch Ndileka dishes up with the help of volunteers.

Not one to tackle a problem from just one angle, Ndileka created a number of programmes to battle the ripple effect of the AIDS epidemic in the community, including emotional counseling and after-school care for children, as well as support for grandparents taking care of young kids, teen mothers and fathers, and child-headed households. A crèche for little ones who have no one to take care of them during the day was recently added to the long list of services.

Siyaphambili relies completely on volunteers and donations from sponsors for food, school uniforms and supplies, and, now, thanks to the Department of Art and Culture, the organisation has a new vegetable garden that provides fresh supplies for the constant cooking that fuels the community.


Article in available on the Cape Town Online Magazine

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The spirit of Ubuntu

Mandela day last week embodied the spirit of ubuntu as millions of South Africans and global citizens gave their time to worthy initiatives within their communities.


The philosophy of Ubuntu has its origin in the Southern reaches of Africa and encourages a spirit of cooperation between peoples of all colors and creeds. It is an ‘all for one and one for all’ principle and promotes mutual respect and understanding. Two of the greatest advocates of the Ubuntu philosophy are former South African President Nelson Mandela and former Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


“One of the sayings in our country is Ubuntu – the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality – Ubuntu – you are known for your generosity.” Desmond Tutu


As Siyaphambili Orphan Village we operate through the value of ubuntu, the love that was shown to us by citizens of all corners of life coming through to give their time with us, we dearly appreciate.We appreciate the time spent with our vulnerable children, the donations of toys ,food and clothing which is greatly appreciated.


In advocating for the rights of our vulnerable children we hope that all may practice the values of ubuntu and continue to be of service to our vulnerable communities.


We thank all those that volunteer their time,assist us and visit our home.May you continue to be generous spirits that add value to lives of the most vulnerable.Mandela Day was a success due to the living spirit of ubuntu that lives within all of us.

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Mandela Day 67 Minutes of Volunteering:Give Back To Your Community

On Mandela Day (18 July 2013), people around the world are encouraged to spend at least 67 minutes doing something positive for their communities in honour of the 67 years that Nelson Mandela spent fighting for social justice and a free, democratic South Africa.


We invite all community members,organisations caring individuals who want to do something for Mandela day to please join us if you would like to get in contact with us please do email us on




Lets give back to our communities and offer our 67min in honor of Mandela.

Activities lined up for the week ahead 15th July -19 July 2013

  1. We will be painting our creche for our children,all are welcome to join and help
  2. Cooking for the children and vulnerable
  3. Partake in our constructive daily Siyaphambili Activities, helping with homework, counseling,sport ect

Let give back !

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Healing through Religion: Positive Impact of the role of the church within our Communities

On the 4th July 2013, we were honored to have Reverend Sidney Ndlela from the Presybyterian church of Africa to spend time with the children of Siyaphambili.

download (2)We understand that healing the children of Siyaphambili also involves aspects of looking at the individual holistically,the physical and the spiritual being in order to empower the child to be a valuable self sufficient member of society.

Reverend Sidney Ndlela spent time with the children inspiring and counselling them through Christian values. We often forget that some of our children are dealing with traumatic experiences and it is through our different counselling methods where we engage with the trauma of being orphaned and at time dealing with the reality of having being affected or infected by the AIDS disease.

downloadIt is when we deal with these issues that we will be able to heal our children and enable them to unlock their own agency to be anything that they want.

We would like to thank Reverend Sidney Ndlela for taking the time to engage with our children on the holy word and inspiring them to be all they can.It is through partnerships with religious bodies and governmental structures and community we will be able to  take care of the most vulnerable.

Isaiah 54:13 – And all download (9)thy children [shall be] taught of the LORD; and great [shall be] the peace of thy children.

Our work at Siyaphambili is to also guide our children spiritually so that they may be able to be positive change agents in their community.

download (10)Thank you Reverend Sidney Ndlela you have left a very positive foot print in the memories of the children of Siyaphambili, God Bless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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A time to keep warm: Blanket Donation By Islamic Relief to Siyaphambili

The Islamic Relief donated blankets to Siyaphambili AIDS Orphan Village in early June.We would like to thank them for putting the interest of the children first during these harsh rainy winter season.

In Cape Town, especially in informal settlements where most of our child headed homes are situated winter is a harsh time especially with floods, as most informal settlements are in flooding areas. We are grateful for the support as these blankets will help keep families effected by AIDS epidemic.


We aim to work with different religious groupings and cross cultural communities in making sure that the interest of the orphaned child are advocated for, it is only through partnerships with communities, religious bodies and government  so that the rights of AIDS infected and effected orphaned children are advocated for within our country.




Siyabulela ngexaso yenu( xhosa saying for thank you) Islamic Relief for your blanket contribution, our children will have a warm winter.

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