Opportunity for life long change

For every field task we seek an intentional outcome. This was beautifully illustrated at Tygerberg Hospital where a young man and his virtually blind father had spent a day and a night without food into the next morning, between state hospitals. In the grip of a drug addiction, Khaya was so impacted by this service…

What’s in her bag?

Hey Friends, PLEASE involve all other ladies you know amongst family, friends and colleagues to either:   1. Sponsor and fill a handbag themselves 2. Help you fill your handbag Ideas to fill your GOOD used / spare handbag. Hand bag size tissue pack Tampons / sanitary towels Deodorant spray / Roll on Body Lotion…

Prison to Purpose

Another prison to purpose story. Mabhuti has been in full time employment for one and a half years.  He is progressing with his life. From being a convicted offender to being the transformed treasure that we see. A huge thank you to Geoff and David from Mechstar Motors for giving Mabhuti this chance to learn…

Joan Kadalie – We Salute you!

Today 19 December 2015, the Kadalie family lay to rest their Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother in a beautiful service held at the His People Church N1 City. Joan Kadalie was an amazing, caring and God-fearing woman who dedicated her life to serving others. Joan Kadalie was born in Peninsula Maternity Hospital, District Six in…

Memorial Service of Rina Koopman

Please note that the memorial service of Rina Koopman will be held this Sunday, 2oth Sept. 2015, at 3:30pm at the Bethel Bible College in Crawford.

Official Statement: 15 September 2015

  It is with great sadness that we write this statement to you. We are deeply saddened by the death of 3 of our City Mission family members.   On Monday 14th September 2015 around 14:00 in the afternoon, staff members, Rina Koopman and Alida Norman and volunteer, Luthando Mayekiso suffered fatal injuries and passed…

Winter Blanket Drive

Thanks to our main sponsors of winter blankets this year, Pep Stores and the Claremont Congregational Church, the children of hundreds of families touched by City Mission, sleep a little warmer this winter. One of regular young event volunteers Liam Sorensen from Rondebosch Boys High joined us in the distribution to farm labourer families.  We encourage…

A Beacon of Hope for Youth

The youth aged 15-24 currently account for 20% of the total population— that’s around 10 million Youth! Many youth like the ones you see in our stories need your support.  Their lives have changed, yet at times it is difficult to move forward without the skills, education and honest earnings of income.  This is often a challenge…

Sometimes it’s the smallest deeds that can change a life forever

Mvuyisi Kilimani, more fondly known as Hani, is currently a student at Signa Academy studying Business.  He has a passion for computers and wants to pass the skills he has learnt on to young boys in his community.  His drive to be a positive role model and to guide and develop youth in Khayelitsha is…

The Killing Field

A hurricane has entered my life this week, its winds have removed all my thoughts. The perception of life, and the things that have value, changes completely when you stop at a magnitude of desolation.     Every hurricane has its own name and this one was baptized in 1984 as Khayelitsha. Last Tuesday I…

The best was the dessert

Last Friday was a special day. City Mission celebrated its 112-year history (“a record of longevity we can take pride in,” says the NGO) with a great gala. As if I were one of them (“You ARE one of us :-)”, that was the WhatsApp who the ‘chief executive’, Val Kadalie, sent me the following day), they…

What does a transformed city look like?

What does a transformed city look like and what is it going to take to achieve that? For the first time in history the majority of the world’s population live in cities as opposed rural areas.  Almost all urban population growth in the next 30 years will occur in cities of developing countries. What does…