The Story of Afrika Tikkun

Afrika Tikkun works toward a future where today’s children and youth are tomorrow’s productive citizens. We do this by adopting a cradle-to-career model which invests in the development of disadvantaged children from early infancy through young adulthood and into the world of work.


A sustainable future for children in South African townships.


Afrika Tikkun is dedicated to investing in education, health and social services for children, youth and their families through its community Centres of Excellence and strategic partnerships.


Our Hope is to continue to empower communities to develop new generations of productive citizens.

  • Producing school ready children in SA townships

    By Afrika Tikkun CEO, Marc Lubner Put a group of children together, throw in some toys (or even just random objects) and, especially if they are young enough, they will soon be playing. Play is initially how we learn. It enhances every aspect of a child’s development and learning. It is so important, in fact, that it is recognised by the United Nations as a basic right. While spontaneous play certainly holds value, it is facilitated, intentional play which can make a significant difference in a child’s cognitive development. For Read More

  • Afrika Tikkun gets FW De Klerk Goodwill Award

    The FW de Klerk Foundation is delighted to announce that its Board has decided to present the 5th annual FW de Klerk Goodwill Award to Afrika Tikkun. The Board of Trustees of the FW de Klerk Foundation established the FW de Klerk Goodwill Award in 2010 to give recognition to individuals and organisations that have made exceptional contributions to the promotion of goodwill between South Africans.  Past winners include Dr Danny Jordaan (2011); Pieter-Dirk Uys (2012); Studietrust (2013) and Patrice Motsepe (2014). The Board decided to make the 2015 Award to Afrika Tikkun in recognition of its wide range of programmes that empower vulnerable Read More

  • The impact of trauma on learning

    Up to one third of all adult learners have experienced trauma of sufficient magnitude to impact on their ability to learn. In South Africa, within our poorly resourced communities, with their high rates of often unreported crime, the real figure would be far higher. Children who have grown up in poor communities heavy with the brutality of suffering bear witness to extremes of violence, substance abuse, sexual offences and abject poverty. The field of psychiatry has, for decades, struggled to neatly categorise and label the endless list of symptoms displayed Read More

  • Here’s to another 20 years!

      Each and every year since the inception of Afrika Tikkun, we have strived to provide vulnerable children and youth in South Africa township with a sustainable future. 2015 marks a new year and another opportunity to recommit to our goal of empowering vulnerable communities to develop a new generations of productive citizens. Thank you to all who have supported us over the last 20 years and we look forward to deepening this partnership for the next 20 years.

  • Tikkun services lauded

    In a email sent to Jean Elphick, National Manager  of Afrika Tikkun’s Empowerment Programme, Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital lauded Tikkun’s services as “Top Class”.

  • Afrika Tikkun Board remembers Madiba

    “Few people in the world have had an opportunity of having a mentor in their lives and, accordingly, a friend, as it was with me during the wonderful years I had with Nelson Mandela from 1990 until two years before his passing,” said Bertie Lubner, paying tribute to South Africa’s first democratically-elected president on the anniversary of Mandela’s passing.by SUZANNE BELLING Lubner had a close association with Mandela through his chairmanship of outreach organisation Afrika Tikkun, his involvement in the World Economic Forum and having met the icon two weeks Read More

  • Young Urban Women’s dialogue/ cultural event

    August is considered as the Women’s month in South Africa. This is in commemoration of South African women who took to the streets in protest to the apartheid government in 1956. They were protesting against a law that restricted black people’s movement in urban areas. Post-apartheid, South Africa has made positive strides to advance women’s rights through a progressive Constitution various policies and laws. However, South African women continue to face numerous challenges of rights violation on a daily basis. Gender Based Violence, HIV and poverty have been identified as Read More

  • Collaboration between NGOs Corporate and Government is needed

    While Government and Civil society have made exponential in roads in tackling the socio-economic conditions which plague many townships, the actual impact has been minimal for the youth. In April this year, StatsSA revealed that most South African children live below the poverty line.  This is a worrying statistic, as it clearly delineates a gap between good policies and actual impact. Bettering the lives of the most vulnerable within our society, requires innovative thought, collaboration amongst key stakeholders, and a model that is both sustainable and implementable. Long gone are Read More