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  • Homeless people are a growing challenge of urban societies and a problem that will increase if no imaginative interventions are made.
  • STREETSCAPES creates work opportunities for chronically homeless. It is a ‘hand-up’, not a handout. Work provides income, dignity and cross-race cross-class contacts – beyond their immediate community. Big part of poverty is lack of social networks needed for navigating out of poverty.
  • STREETSCAPES demonstrates that people living on the streets are highly motivated to work and rebuild their lives. After 6 months earning R 2400 per month 77{fc125f1866f77698374c83416aa5c233ff7623ea2b2e07d8b59eeaffacb50c9f} of the beneficiaries had moved off the streets and 68{fc125f1866f77698374c83416aa5c233ff7623ea2b2e07d8b59eeaffacb50c9f} addressed substance abuse positively.


  • Extending help to those who need it most – Idleness is demoralizing; work provides much needed income but also social recognition and pride.
  • Breaking the cycle of crime and poverty – Homelessness can’t be fixed with more police, social workers or rehab services – only vibrant economy can.
  • Harnessing dormant assets – Many resources are unused – land, skills, and equipment – help us harness it to add value.


  • STREETSCAPES ROELAND STREET GARDEN – 350 square meters of land produces locally organic, affordable food for the residents in the city developed in partnership with Ackerman PnP Foundation, Food Lovers Market, Central City Improvement District and Old Mutual Green Hands.
  • STREETSCAPES TRAFALGAR GARDEN – 600 square meters producing organic vegetables to restaurants in the city developed in partnership with Skin Renewal and Trafalgar High.‘DIGNITY’ SANDWICHES – Gourmet lunch sandwich project developed in partnership with House of H restaurant and Carpenters Shop.
  • STREETSCAPES FORESHORE GARDEN – 5000 square meter organic garden opening in 2017 in partnership with Central City Improvement District and City of Cape Town.
  • ARTISAN SOAP – quality affordable hand made natural soap products infusing homegrown herbs, oils and botanicals for households – starting in 2017




Account Name: Khulisa Social Western Cape Fundraising

Bank: Standard Bank

Account Number: 370670124

Branch Code: 006605

Branch: Hyde Park

In Event of queries, you may contact our financial manager.

Veni Govender

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Read streetscapes newspaper article here
“I can now go out there, work and encourage other people to find a program like this.”

For 43 years, John Morley lived on the streets of Cape Town, sleeping on the pavement outside the South African parliament. His downfall began when he was stabbed, while aboard one of the deep-sea fishing boats on which he worked.

He became disabled and could no longer find employment as a fisherman. He started drinking heavily and lost contact with his family. For decades he eked out an existence by car-guarding and begging for hand-outs.

Khulisa offered John a lifeline when he joined their street cleaning pilot project for the homeless. Five months later, John had stopped drinking, moved back with his family and assumed a leadership position within the group, taking responsibility for the stock room where all the brooms, spades, clothes and bags are stored. He helped develop a set of rules and a stock register, and nothing went missing under his watch.

Having proven himself as a reliable, hard worker, with a passion for farming, John Morley will ‘graduate’ from the pilot project to start farming commercially in a city garden. Two major food retail chains have already confirmed that they will guarantee him a market by buying his produce.

Read the streetscapes media article here

In early 2015, Khulisa Social Services launched a pilot project in response to the growing problem of homelessness on Cape Town city streets.

We see increasing numbers of marginalised South Africans begging at intersections, sleeping in shop doorways and rummaging through rubbish bins for a bite to eat. While the well-intentioned give them small change, clothes and food, this is not a long-term solution. What can be done to help them break out of this cycle of despair?

“These are the people who fall through the cracks of society”, says Jesse Laitinen, Manager of Strategic Partnerships at Khulisa. “Many participants had been stuck in a cycle of petty crimes and bylaw offences like aggressive begging. With no fixed addresses, these citizens had limited access to social workers. They were constantly being arrested, placing strain on the courts and re enforcing a destructive and demoralizing cycle.”

Funded through the City of Cape Town Expanded Public Works Programme, Khulisa’s project provided vagrants with personal development programmes and opportunities to earn an income in order to help reintegrate them into society. Participants were paid a fortnightly stipend, enabling them either to return to their families with something to offer, or to pay for themselves to stay in a shelter.

Although the pilot project has now come to an end, Khulisa continues supporting group members. Khulisa is invregular contact with 80{fc125f1866f77698374c83416aa5c233ff7623ea2b2e07d8b59eeaffacb50c9f} of the group, 46{fc125f1866f77698374c83416aa5c233ff7623ea2b2e07d8b59eeaffacb50c9f} are still working 6 months later. The project as received funding from Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation and Central City Improvement District. With the support Khulisa is setting up non-profit micro-enterprises in farming, baking, recycling and composting.