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.

  • 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

  • Afrika Tikkun sends three youths to Germany

    Carglass® Cologne Triathlon 2014 Carglass® has done it again!Last year was the first time they invited Afrika Tikkun triathletes to come and participate in the Carglass® Cologne Triathlon Weekend (cctw) 2013, held annually in Germany. The inaugural Afrika Tikkun representatives excelled in the professional and academic spheres since their return, stating that the international exposure was life altering. Lebogang is currently interning at Afrika Tikkun while she continues with completing her Engineering studies at the University of Johannesburg. Meanwhile, Mashudu is employed within Afrika Tikkun Services as a Skills Development and Database Officer, while Abongile has continued Read More

  • Empowerment Programme Launched at Uthando Centre

    The Empowerment Programme first launched at Arekopaneng in February 2012. Two and a half years later, we have spread our wings and the Programme was publically launched at Uthando Centre, Braamfontein on 28 August 2014. The Afrika Tikkun Empowerment Programme: Children with Disabilities and Their Families was explained to the gathered crowd by members of the Sidinga Uthando Self-help Group from Orange Farm. They explained how knowing their rights, supporting each other, and the individual case management offered by the Empowerment Programme had empowered them to take control and stand Read More

  • Merci to our friends who touched our hearts from France

    It was a pleasure having the Bizet  family visit our community centres in Gauteng, in the last week, here is what they had to say about the experience Dear Friends, Thanks to all of you Benjamin, Romain, Matthieu and I have a treasure trove of unforgettable memories from this wonderful week with Afrika Tikkun! You were so generous to invite us for a day in each of the Centers, showing us around your facilities, explaining your objectives, achievements and challenges, introducing us to your colleagues, and letting us participate to Read More

  • KPMG and Brainwave map up a career path for Uthando Youth

    On Saturday 9th August, Afrika Tikkun Uthando Centre  in Partnership with Brainwave conducted a 6 hour long career readiness workshop with 80 beneficiaries from Grade 8 – 11 from surrounding schools in Braamfontein, the very precinct where KPMG does business. The Programme started off with a session from KPMG staff who educated the learners about various career options within KPMG and what subject choices the children needed to focus on, to attain the possibility of a career within KPMG. The KPMG Staff stressed on the importance of Mathematics and English Read More