6 UK Charities Doing Wonders For South Africa


One UK-based non-governmental organisation will be awarded the South African Chamber of Commerce  ‘NGO Promotion of Development Award’ on 20 April.

There are currently seven nominees who have made significant contributions to promoting development between the UK and SA in the form of social development, education, employability and housing.

To vote for your favourite NGO, follow the link below each of the nominees listed.

1.Ubuntu Education Fund – Beth Honig


Over the past seventeen years, Ubuntu has made a transformative impact on the lives of 2,000 orphaned and vulnerable children in Port Elizabeth.

The Ubuntu Model is a bottom-up approach to social change including transformative household stability, health, and education programming, localised, grassroots development to mitigate the specific challenges that Port Elizabeth’s townships face, sustainable investments in community leadership, capacity-building, and infrastructure.


At Ubuntu

  • 100% of HIV-positive mothers have given birth to HIV-negative babies
  • 97% of the children meet World Health Organisation standards for physical development
  • 100% of toddlers attain age-appropriate developmental milestones
  •  94% matric pass rate for Ubuntu scholars
  • 125 scholars have secured rewarding employment


2. Afrika Tikkun – Jennifer Miles

Afrika Tikkun

Afrika Tikkun works with UK and South African business to ensure that they invest in the South African youth from an early age, develop them through their childhood to ultimately ensure that they gain meaningful employment and businesses have a reliable, skilled workforce.

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Afrika Tikkun

The NGO provide a unique ‘Cradle to Career’ model in that they support disadvantaged children from infancy into adulthood and employment.

Afrika Tikkun guides UK-based business on how they can have a sustainable impact in South Africa.

3. Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund UK – Kathi Scott


The main purpose of the Nelson Mandela’s Children’s Fund UK is to fundraise and publicise the work of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in South Africa.

The charity’s work involves getting disabled children into school, identifying and protecting children who have lost parents to HIV/Aids, helping displaced or refugee children, and helping young people develop confidence and skills for work.


Executive Director, Kathi Scott, helped establish the UK office of NMCF UK in 1996 and has steered its extensive contribution to the work of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund since then.

4. Mellon Educate – Maeve McDonald and Mike Butler


In the past 13 years, Mellon Educate has amassed an army of over 22,000 volunteers and built 25,000 houses and helped re-house over 125,000 people. Each year the charity organises a “building blitz” trip to Africa for volunteers from all over the world to help building projects in poor African communities.

The NGO’s current mission is to help educate over 100,000 disadvantaged children in South Africa.


Voluntary UK Director of Mellon Educate, Maeve McDonald, worked for BBC Education and Training and first visited South Africa in 2005, to look at how the BBC could support education in South Africa.

Mike Butler also plays a fundamental part in giving back to South Africa through Mellon Educate. Butler set up McDonald Butler Associates – a sales and marketing agency focused in the B2B Tech Sector – 10 years ago. Him and his staff of 60 now work for leading technology companies from IBM to Oracle to Cisco to Atos and HP among others.


5. Khulisa – Simon Fulford

Khulisa UK

Khulisa addressed crime and violence in South Africa and the UK and is recognised as a leader and innovator in the fields of offender rehabilitation, behaviour change and community-led restorative justice.

It is both a South African NPO, which in 19 years has impacted over one million South Africans, and a UK-registered charity delivering high-impact programmes in London, Greater Manchester, Hampshire and Wales.


Chief Executive Simon Fulford joined Khulisa in 2010 and tripled its income and delivery over four years.


6. Canon Collins Educational & Legal Assistance Trust – Stuart Craig

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During the anti-apartheid struggle, Canon Collins Education & Legal Assistance Trust gave scholarships to ANC activists living in exile outside South Africa. Nowadays the charity gives post-graduate scholarships to students from the SADC region whom they feel are most likely to make a massive difference to society.

The Trust strives for better education and housing facilities for children. Their projects often use the law to force change through for the benefit of the poorest and most vulnerable.


CEO Stuart Craig has been actively involved in ‘rebuilding’ South Africa through various charities and initiatives.

The South African Business Awards will be presented to the winners at a prestigious event in the Conservatory at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Harrington Gardens, Kensington, London on the evening of Wednesday 20th April. Each Business Award nominee will be presented with a framed certificate honouring their Business Award nomination with the winner in each category receiving the attractive desktop South African Business Award. A feature of the Business Awards evening will be the five star Tastes of South Africa buffet consisting of twelve of your favourite South African dishes.

To book tickets for the South African Business Awards event on Wednesday 20th April click here. We recommend that you book early since places at the prestigious Awards event are limited despite the size of the impressive palm fringed Conservatory at the four star Millennium Gloucester Hotel.

Source: The South African

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