StreetSmart SA, an organisation dedicated to helping street children rebuild their lives through donations from restaurants in the Western Cape and Gauteng, has handed over R520 000 to their Cape Town beneficiaries for 2016, at their handover celebration at Salesian Institute, Green Point. The beneficiaries are Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Home from Home, Learn to Live, Ons Plek and TLC Outreach Projects. 2016 sees the addition of a new beneficiary: Zip Zap Circus’ 2nd Chance programme.




Elkana Steelband welcomed guests

Chairman Melanie Burke



Sponsor Urbantonic

Sponsor Out of this Planet Catering


StreetSmart Restaurateurs and their diners make a difference in the lives of street children and children at risk – simply by where they choose to dine.  Nationally this partnership has raised more than R1 050 000 during 2015, for organisations that are actively involved with social development of vulnerable children and rehabilitation of street children with the ultimate goal of family re-unification.




Beneficiary: Learn to Live 
Panel Beating Workshop

Zip Zap Circus – 2nd Chance


TLC Outreach Projects


“Our partnership with StreetSmart has allowed us to ensure that we strive to be the best in the industry and we endeavour to do so in the future.  It is remarkable how StreetSmart’s funding has enabled so many children and youth over the years to gain access to education, skills training and job placements.” said Nelly Burrows, Director of Operations and Development at Salesian Institute.


StreetSmart South Africa has also given substantial financial support for 2016 to beneficiary organisations in other areas, namely The Kusasa Project in Franschhoek; Home from Home in Stellenbosch; Kids Haven in Johannesburg; PEN in Pretoria; The Bursary Fund in Swellendam and Masizame in Plettenberg Bay. Another new beneficiary, the Thembalitsha Early Childhood Development programme in Grabouw is funded from money raised in the Helderberg area. All these charities are actively involved with the social development of vulnerable children and rehabilitation of street children.

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Funds are raised by adding a R5 donation to each table's bill at the participating restaurants. This donation is voluntary and diners are able to contribute more if they wish to. Partnering with restaurants is the bedrock of the StreetSmart fundraising and restaurants are urged to sign up, to make a long-term difference in their communities and in the life of a child.

StreetSmart Restaurants since 2005



Harveys at Winchester Mansions Hotel

Camissa at The Table Bay Hotel



Cargills Restaurant

Sunset at The Peninsula All-suite Hotel


“2015 has been another exceptional year for StreetSmart SA! We celebrated 10 years this year, expanded our support to 23 programmes, and for the second time, StreetSmart will be disbursing over 1 million rand to beneficiaries nationally. This is only possible through successful partnerships and promoting responsible giving via StreetSmart restaurants.” says Melanie Burke, Chairman of StreetSmart SA.


Every cent raised in StreetSmart restaurants goes to our selected beneficiary programmes. To cover operational and expansion costs, StreetSmart relies on partnerships with business, fundraising initiatives and private donations.



Dalin Oliver entertaining guests

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, Canada, India, USA – San Francisco and The Netherlands.




CONGRATULATIONS on winning in the 2015 StreetSmart 

Annual Raffle!!

All prizes/vouchers should be collected by midday, 23 December 2015 from the StreetSmart office between 08h00 – 16h00.

Please bring your ticket confirmation email with for administration purposes.

Collection Address:  Office of Specialized Tours, 2nd Floor, Unit 314, The Foundry, Cnr Prestwich and Cardiff Streets, Green Point, Cape Town.   Tel:  021 418 0621


Read more: Annual Raffle Winners


Symphony Choir Christmas carols

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than to spend a summer’s evening relaxing on the magnificent green lawns at the historic Groot Constantia Wine Estate enjoying a varied programme of festive music? 

Bring picnics, chairs and blankets and join The Symphony Choir of Cape Town under the baton of Alexander Fokkens as it presents its annual “Festive Concert”.

The choir, accompanied by a brass ensemble and keyboards, will perform a mixture of choral and traditional Christmas music, including Vivaldi’s GloriaIn Dulci Jubilo, Come Colours Rise, and Adiemus.  Appearing with the choir will be popular baritone, Riaan Hunter.


Groot Constantia’s delicious wines will be on sale as well as tea/coffee and other light refreshments.

 Grounds open at 5pm and the concert begins at 7pm


Tickets are available from Computicket or at the venue:    Prices:  R120 (full price) R80 (under 16’s) Under 3’s free admission


Secure parking is provided.  For directions to Groot Constantia

GPS Coordinates:34 01’ 37,03” S18 25’ 28,84” E


 This concert supports StreetSmart through the sale of programmes.

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Personal Pilgrimage for StreetSmart SA

The Cape Camino and StreetSmart SA Inaugural Pilgrimage will celebrate 10 years of making a difference in the lives of street and other vulnerable children in South Africa; through education, skills development and family re-unification . This 2-day personal pilgrim experience, which starts in Constantia and concludes in Simons Town, covers beautiful scenery and iconic spiritual sites, and results in a journey that is more significant than the destination.

The Cape Camino was inspired by the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain and the route around the Cape Peninsula is rich in local spiritual diversity, natural beauty and logistical support for pilgrims. The route embraces the Mother City, Cape Point and crosses over at Constantia Nek; the symbol of infinity ∞. Gabrielle Andrew, founder of the Cape Camino, says: “The route creates a platform to showcase our sacred diversity and that which makes it possible to build a peaceful and sustainable nation. We support micro businesses, re-population of the indigenous plant species, community development and the celebration of our connectedness as humans to nature.” 

Cape Camino 3 LR Cape Camino Pilgrim Cape Camino 2 

To pilgrim is an opportunity to cleanse, clean, clear the mind, heal, make decisions; or just spending time with yourself. The beauty of the various routes of the Cape Camino offers a spectacular backdrop for this contemplation. This special StreetSmart pilgrimage starts at the Schoenstatt Retreat in Constantia, continues to the Klein Constantia Kramat, through Tokai Forest and on to Muizenberg on the first day. In true pilgrim tradition, local accommodation is offered and a communal meal is shared; after a good night's rest the pilgrims conclude the pilgrimage in Simons Town.

StreetSmart South Africa, a non-profit organisation that works in partnership with restaurants to support the greater process of normalisation of street children welcomes the support and time to reflect. Melanie Burke, chairman of StreetSmart loves to partner. “Building restaurant partnerships is our core focus as they help us raise funds for our selected beneficiary programmes. Long term fundraising relationships is the other vital element; the Cape Camino is one such partner. Fundraisers like this yearly Cape Camino on the last weekend of November means that we can keep our promise that every cent collected by StreetSmart restaurants will go to our beneficiaries,” says Burke.

StreetSmart plays a vital role by providing an additional income stream for existing and well-run beneficiary organisations to support and enable skills training, job creation, provisions for social workers and auxiliary social workers and other programmes, that directly and positively impact the lives of children.

In partnership with participating restaurants that add a voluntary R5 donation to every table’s bill, StreetSmart makes it possible for diners to make a difference, simply by where they choose to dine.

R5 may seem very little to give, yet the initiatives and programmes funded by StreetSmart prove that a little goes a long way. What makes it more powerful is that the funds collected in the local areas are ploughed back into beneficiary organisations in the vicinity of the participating restaurants,” adds Burke.

All operational costs are covered through sponsor partnerships, fundraisers and private donations. StreetSmart South Africa is registered as a Non-Profit Company, a Public Benefit Organisation and a Non-Profit Organisation.

To quote John Bunyan ”You have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”


Cape Camino Logos

For enquiries, contact Cape Camino on 084 844 7996 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and StreetSmart SA on 021 418 0621 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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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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