At the 2013 StreetSmart SA Handover Event, we had the priveledge and joy to share with our supporters and partners the
wonderful news about the funds that were raised during the past year. Funds were raised by collecting R5 donations through participating restaurants in the Western Cape and Gauteng.

As usual our event was fun-filled and Nik Rabinowitz, friend and supporter of StreetSmart got the ball rolling.
Brilliant as usual, he had us in the palm of his hand - in stitches and rolling with laughter!

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With gratitude in our hearts, a total of R907 700, was distributed to beneficiaries working with children in need in Cape Town, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Swellendam and Johannesburg. All the NGO’s are actively involved with social development and rehabilitation of street children with the ultimate goal of family re-unification.


In Cape Town, StreetSmart funds are supporting the panel beating skills training programme at Learn to Live, socialworker
salaries at Ons Plek and Home from Home: Oceanview & Vrygrond, as well as salaries for aftercare and family reconstruction at the Cape Town Multi Service Centre.

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Franschhoek’s StreetSmart beneficiary, The Kusasa Project received funding towards social worker salaries.


The Stellenbosch beneficiary, Home from Home: Kayamandi & Cloetesville received funding towards a social worker salary and family re-unification services.




In Swelllendam, the Cooper Street Project is being supported towords school uniforms and educational material.
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Logo Twilight 1 The Johannesburg beneficiary, Twilight Children, received funding for a family
reconstruction worker salary.


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Altaaf Armien, told us his personal story of being caught up
in the wrong crowd and involved with illegal 'stuff'.
Gangsterism was his way of life, until he was recruited to
do the Learn to Live panel beating course at Salesians.

This changed his life. With the help and encouragement
of his instructor, he qualified and are now in a stable
panel beating job!

Now that is what we call a street-smart-story!

The work of a Social Worker is often not quantifiable or
immediately apparent, but Gertrude Gwenzi, from Ons Plek,
shared with us a true case of a teenage girl from the Eastern Cape.
She was refered to Ons Plek by the CCID, after running away to
escape abuse and a forced marriage to a much older man.

Ons Plek staff helped her with medical examinations, trauma
councelling and support during legal action against the man.
During this process, some relatives of the girl were found in
Cape Town and she was reunited with them.

Another motivating street-smart-story!

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Volunteering is more than giving money or goods - it is the gift of self!


Receiving certificates on the night were Alan Lamprecht and the Out of This Planet Catering Team: Wesley Kemp, Jason Wilmot and Tumelo Gill

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“Participating in StreetSmart is not a choice, it’s a social responsibility which we are incredibly proud to be part of.

It is the best EFT of the month!” said Mari Vigar of La Mouette Restaurant, who has been a StreetSmart affiliated restaurant since December 2012.



“2013 has been an exceptional year for StreetSmart. Through the dedication of the local committees we launched StreetSmart in Swellendam, Johannesburg and Pretoria. Plettenberg Bay and Oudtshoorn are almost at the threshold of five participating restaurants,” said Nils Heckscher, Chairman of StreetSmart SA, who is working tirelessly with his team of volunteers to build the StreetSmart brand so that it is recognised throughout our country as a trusted brand.


“We would like people to know that the donation of just R5 at a time, will assist many children by providing more programmes to normalise their lives. It remains a wonderful privilege to raise funds with the public’s help for street children and children at risk,” he added.
RGP STREETSMART HANDOVER 2013 79 crpdBoard members present at the event were, fltr: Leonard Hersch, Nils Heckscher (Chairman), Annette Cockburn and Bradley Bordiss,
with Founder, Margi Biggs.

StreetSmart SA was set up in 2005 by a group of concerned Capetonians under the patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and comprises resourceful board members representing business and the hospitality and tourism industries. Similar StreetSmart organisations also run independently in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Vancouver and India.


StreetSmart SA is registered as a Public Benefit Organisation as well as a Non Profit Organisation and ensures that every cent donated by diners goes towards social and educational upliftment projects for street children. StreetSmart's goal is to be part of the process of social normalisation and to encourage the public not to give money into the hands of a child as this keeps them on the streets. In essence, eating and donating at a StreetSmart restaurant is the responsible way to help a street child.


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A message from our founding Patron

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"It gives me great pleasure to support StreetSmart South Africa.  So when you are enjoying an evening out with good foods, good wine and good company, reflect on how your life is enriched.  Then do a kind thing.  Give to StreetSmart.  God bless you."

Desmond M Tutu Archbishop Emeritus

Founding Patron of StreetSmart South Africa


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