Achievements 2018-06-26T10:10:41+00:00

2015: Winner of the Gauteng Business Women’s Association Awards (Social EntrepreneurCategory)

2015: Nominated for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government

2013: Nominated for Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government

2012: Short-listed for Annual Reconciliation Award – Institute for Justice and Reconciliation(IJR)

2012: Selected for Investing in the Future/Drivers of Change Awards (finals in December)

2010: Finalist: Ernst & Young Global Social Entrepreneur Award

2010: Winner: Shoprite/Checkers Woman of the Year Award – Good Neighbour Category

2010: JARP selected to form part of the MILE and Imagine Durban Publication on sustainable good practice with the City of Durban

2009: Finalist Nedbank Businesswomen’s Association – Regional Achiever Business Award Social Entrepreneur

2009: Winner Pinnacle Award – leading Social Entrepreneur in Southern Africa – Lesley Ann Van Selm

2007: Silver Impumelelo Award

2007: Phoenix JARP – winner of the “Extra Mile” Award presented by the KwaZulu Natal Department of Justice

2006: Department of Correctional Services. Gauteng Service Provider of the Year Award to Khulisa

2004: Khulisa nominated for a United Nations Vienna Civil Society Award

2003: Khulisa was a finalist in the National Community Builder of the Year Award

2002: Lesley Ann van Selm won the Elizabeth Arden/Elle Magazine Visible Difference Award for the woman making the greatest visible difference in the community

2001: Lesley Ann van Selm elected as an Ashoka Fellow. Ashoka is a global organisation that supports leading social entrepreneurs – individuals who are making large-scale impact on society

2000: Khulisa received the National Reintegration Award from Nicro.

1999: SBS Australian TV received an award from the United Nations for a documentary produced on Khulisa entitled “A Life Less Fortunate”.


Khulisa’s programmes have been introduced in over 35 correctional facilities around South Africa. Over 25,000 ex-offenders have directly benefited from Khulisa’s programmes. Over 20,000 prisoners have benefited from Khulisa In-Prison Peer Education Programme.

Khulisa’s Restorative Justice Programmes are viewed as one of South Africa’s Best Practice Models. A minimum of 800 restorative justice cases have been mediated by Khulisa staff in various provinces over the past 4 years.

The organisation has introduced its MIB Programme to 25 areas nationally. The 500 youth leaders developed through the programme have, in turn, worked with over 135,000 members of their respective communities.  Khulisa’s MIB Programme has been sighted as a Best Practice Model by the UNODC with a

Khulisa’s MIB Programme has been sighted as a Best Practice Model by the UNODC with a publication of 20 South African youth initiatives being released in late 2006.

Diversion programmes are running in 18 areas in 4 provinces. Through these programmes over 6,000 children have been successfully diverted from the criminal justice system since the programme’s inception in 2001. The success rate is over 90{fc125f1866f77698374c83416aa5c233ff7623ea2b2e07d8b59eeaffacb50c9f}.

Khulisa has developed an integrated approach to restorative justice which has been acknowledged internationally as a Best Practice Model focusing specifically on serious and violent crimes.

During the former part of 2006, through the implementation of community crime prevention training in KwaZulu Natal, over 20,000 members of the community were involved in training in order to participate in crime prevention programmes, at a community level.

Khulisa’s programmes have been accredited by the Department of Correctional Services Quality Assurance Management Team.

Future expansions currently under review include opportunities in Australia, Cambodia, Canada, the UK and other Southern African countries.

Lesley Ann van Selm appeared in the fifth edition of the prestigious Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women 2009/2010, in association with Nedbank.

Both Khulisa and its programme beneficiaries have been nominated for and have won a number of awards. These include:

Khulisa UK

2012: NOMS PSO4350 (Effective Regime Interventions) – Silence the Violence

2015: Milestones Mentoring has Approved Provider Standard&; from the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation

2015: Outstanding contribution to promoting the strategic aims of the Criminal Justice Alliance;

2016: Face It is listed on the Youth Justice Board&# Library of Effective Practice (renewed)

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