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…

Mariette Marteens - Chairman of the Board

A message from the Chairman …

City Mission is privileged to be governed by Trustees and executive leadership of exceptional calibre and we are indebted to them for their consistent and faithful service as they provide strong and visionary leadership.  They have grasped the challenges of change and set new standards for transformation that conforms to our Biblical mandate. We have…

On the Passing of Uncle Harry Attwood

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of long serving volunteer and friend of City Mission, Harry Attwood, fondly known as Uncle Harry.   Uncle Harry suddenly passed  away on Wednesday, 18 June 2014. We will all miss a great person.  Kind, caring, committed and generous.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the family…

Real change

by Norman Parker- Former Board Member The basis of real change in society is that of spiritual transformation. This is achieved by making disciples the way Jesus did. Social change without this foundation is not sustainable and can even degenerate into mere good works without responsible change. We have learnt that society does indeed change…

Together we create a special world!

Welcome to the world of City Mission. City Mission, founded in Cape Town in 1902 is one of the oldest NPO’s in South Africa. Not many NPO’s can look back on a journey of 112 years. In the year that City Mission was founded, the Anglo Boer war had just ended and Cecil John Rhodes…