Building Stronger Communities

The importance of building strong and resilient communities has never been more critical than it is in these times.  By actively working towards building stronger communities, we not only cultivate social cohesion, but also nurture resilience, promote wellbeing, and empower individuals to thrive together.

Through our comprehensive programmes, we are dedicated to driving positive social change and shaping the very fabric of our society.  We firmly believe that by fostering collaboration, inclusivity, and support, we can create a better future for everyone.

The Siyakholwa Development Foundation in Action

At our core, we are dedicated to building resilient communities.

Our unique strength lies in our ability to identify service gaps and to respond with innovative and sustainable solutions.  Our focus is centred on addressing critical social issues, including poverty, education, maternal health and child welfare, early childhood development, youth unemployment, and food security.

To achieve our mission, we mobilise resources, foster collaboration with stakeholders/partners, and develop innovative programmes that directly impact the lives of community members.

With our dedicated and passionate teams in East London, Mthatha, Gqeberha, Keiskammahoek, and Johannesburg, we play a critical role in building stronger and more buoyant communities in the areas where we operate.  We intentionally target under-served populations such as those living in informal settlements, townships, and rural areas, ensuring that our efforts reach those who need it the most.

Our Current Projects


Township Energy Fund

South Africa grapples with a pressing energy deficit, impacting its economic landscape profoundly. Among the hardest hit are townships, small towns, and rural businesses, lacking the resources to navigate these challenges effectively. If you’re a small business owner in townships and rural parts of Mthatha, and wish to be supported by this initiative, Read More


Social Employment Fund (SEF)

Siyakholwa plays a crucial role as a strategic implementing partner for the Social Employment Fund (SEF), an impactful initiative of the Presidential Employment Stimulus.  This programme has been specifically designed to address ongoing challenges posed by unemployment and societal problems.



Siyakholwa serves as an implementing agent (Franchisor) for the esteemed SmartStart programme. The programme provides a pragmatic and cost-effective solution to broaden access to affordable and high-quality early learning opportunities, empowering children with the tools they need to thrive.


Food Security

Through the establishment of multiple agro-ecology community gardens, we actively address the pressing issue of food security within our communities. These gardens are specially designed to cater to the needs of the most vulnerable individuals.



Siyakholwa is proud to announce the initiation of a groundbreaking agro-ecological pilot project covering 4 hectares of land, generously provided by the Catholic Mission.


Think Equal

Siyakholwa is at the forefront of pioneering the implementation of the Think Equal programme in the Eastern Cape, marking a significant step toward transformative change in the region’s education landscape.


Play Areas for Children

Our dedicated team specialises in designing and constructing engaging play areas for children.  We create and produce a variety of play equipment such as swings, slides, and climbing frames, with the aim of providing children with enriching play experiences.  These play areas are then installed in under-resourced preschools and playgroups within our targeted communities.



The absence of play and recreational areas in our target communities poses a challenge for families seeking places to relax and watch their children play.  As part of our placemaking project, we are dedicated to addressing this need by establishing parks and recreational areas within informal settlements and townships.


Gold Youth

Gold Youth is a transformative Youth Development Programme that centres on social behaviour change, education, and job creation.  Our primary objective at Gold Youth is to test and expand the efficacy of youth peer education as a methodology for fostering positive community transformation. 


Greenlight Surveys

Siyakholwa is a proud partner of the Greenlight Movement, and is actively involved in conducting greenlight surveys on behalf of other movement partners.  With a network of well-trained facilitators spread across all provinces, we have the capability to conduct surveys in multiple languages.

Together, let us join hands and build foundations of stronger communities where individuals are uplifted, connected, and empowered to make a meaningful impact in their lives, and the lives of others.