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On 20 May 2015 StreetSmart SA's Vice Chairman, Nils Heckser shared our story with the Expresso Morning Show on SABC 3. Please take a minute to view the video above. 


We would like to thank Nils Hecksher, Gerrit Bruwer (co-owner: La Mouette Restaurant), Dawie Marais (social worker: Cape Town Multi Service Centre) for participating. A special thanks to Marcus Schumacher for creating the video clip and the Expresso Morning Show Team on SABC 3 for sharing our story with South Africa.



 StreetSmart South Africa paid tribute to the generosity of international companies that had decided to give back within the SA context, on International Day for Street Children, Sunday 12 April.  A sponsored function was held at one of the StreetSmart restaurants, the Grand Café in Cape Town. Trevor Fernandes , Managing Director of Wildlife Safari from Australia, and Representatives of the International Luxury Travel Show (ILTM) were recognised for the R25,000 in donations that each have made to StreetSmart last week.

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Margi Biggs (Founder of StreetSmart SA) and Trevor Fernandes (MD of Wildlife Safari),
                            Natalie Weatherer (ILTM) and Marco Balia (ILTM)

 Fernandes, who has over forty years' experience in the African inbound travel industry, is currently in South Africa for the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) event. The ILTM is an annual showcase of the very best in luxury product, and each year invite and host noteworthy travel buyers from around the World to this exclusive event. A supporter of StreetSmart SA, Fernandes requested that the money the ILTM had designated to spend on hosting him, be donated to StreetSmart SA instead – an amount which he then personally  matched. He believes that the initiative goes a long way in making a difference in the lives of street children, and comments: "What StreetSmart SA is doing is fantastic. By providing a means of funding other organisations that support, educate and rehabilitate street children, it essentially gives people a responsible means of helping those who cannot help themselves. I firmly believe that we should each do what we can to contribute to the upliftment of others."

In South Africa, the growing number of children who live on the streets is concerning. While there are many reasons that these children end up in this position, and compassion is natural and encouraged, Founder of StreetSmart SA, Margi Biggs explains that giving them money directly is not the answer: "The exploitation of street children is rife. Many impoverished youngsters are used by adults and forced to beg in order to get money – sometimes for food, sometimes for drugs or alcohol. While the urge to give these children money is understandable, it in fact makes begging a viable alternative to seeking proper help and can only perpetuate the poverty and abuse cycle."

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Biggs adds: "We are truly grateful to Trevor and ILTM for this kind donation. It will go a long way in helping these children off of the streets and guiding them towards a brighter, sustainable future."


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Thabitha Kalondi who’s family hail from Congo and West Africa has been in Cape Town for 12 years. She has recently put in a huge amount of effort to swell the coffers of StreetSmart.  In this, her 8th year since joining as a founder staff member of Gold, she has moved their contribution from R1500 to R5,641 IN ONE MONTH!


As an experienced  waitron she, on her own volition, decided to address groups which visit Gold.  She first makes sure that the guide or tour leader is happy for her to do so.  Then she makes a short passionate presentation about StreetSmart and work that is being done, requesting the visitors to make donations into a basket which is passed round.


When interviewed last week she said: “ No child deserves to be on the street, if my children, Blessing(13), Josephine(8) and Samuel(4) landed on the streets for some reason, it is good to know that someone would be there to help.”


She ended by saying that we should all love what we do, and that helping others makes all the difference to how we feel in life.



StreetSmart Swellendam has handed R45 000 to the Swellendam Bursary Fund, their Swellendam beneficiary for 2015.


The Swellendam Bursary Fund provides bursaries to promising local young people wishing to study at university or college, but who do not have the means to pay for their studies. 

The StreetSmart donation is a welcome injection at a time when one oversees donor could no longer support our Bursary Fund.  The amount given comprises thirty percent of our total budget for this year, which is quite substantial. We are extremely grateful for the donation because it enables us to provide bursaries to all the students of Swellendam who merit financial support,” said Basil May, chairman of the Swellendam Bursary Fund.

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 The leading contributing restaurant in Swellendam over the past year, raising the most money in aid of StreetSmart, is Café Oppie Stoep.

Swellendam Handover 2014 “StreetSmart is such an easy way to quietly, without fanfare, spare a moment and think of someone who is less fortunate. Swellendam is very proud to list some of the best restaurants in the Overberg as members, but don’t just take our word for it: La Sosta, a member of StreetSmart Swellendam since its inception, has just won EatOut Best Italian Restaurant in South Africa 2015! It’s reassuring to know that the best restaurateurs also have the most generous hearts. Do the right thing - choose a StreetSmart restaurant,” said Henk Klijn, StreetSmart Swellendam chairman.

  Nationally, StreetSmart South Africa has donated the grand sum of R1,04 million for 2015 to various charities working towards the upliftment of street children. In addition to the Swellendam Bursary Fund, the other beneficiaris are: Cape Town Multi Service Centre, Home from Home, Learn to Live, Ons Plek, T.L.C. Outreach Projects in Cape Town; Kusasa in Franschhoek, Home from Home in Stellenbosch, Kids Haven in Johannesburg, Masizame in Plettenberg Bay; and PEN in Pretoria.


StreetSmart Restaurateurs and their diners are taking hands to make a difference in their communities supporting organisations that are actively involved with social development and rehabilitation of street children with the ultimate goal of family re-unification. There are currently 90 restaurants that have embraced StreetSmart’s vision to make a real difference to the lives of street children. 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.

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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.

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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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