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Night of the Stars 19th August 2017


Join us for an evening full of fun, comedy, singing, dancing & much, much more!  Dress for the Red Carpet, dust off the bling, don the high heels, fluff up the tail feathers & make this a night to remember!  

Date & Time:    Saturday 19th August 2017 at 19h00

Venue:                 Rockhaven, Highlands Road, Elgin

Cost:                    R280-00 per person

Includes:           Dinner and Complimentary Drink on arrival

Buy your tickets from:

Tina Johnson:            0829448031 /

Cheryl Robinson:    0824931512  /

 Chan Schultz:          0828033406 –

Payment for tickets can be made to our bank account:

Account Name:    Siphila Sonke Outreach Programme

Bank:                          First National Bank—Current Account

Branch:                     Grabouw (200312)

 Account no:           62225640673

 Ref:                             Stars—”Your name”


All proceeds to Siphila

Siphila Sonke provides much needed nutrition, care and support to those who are ill and needy in the community of Grabouw, as well as life skills, structured play and academic stimulation to children of this community.



Hendrina is one of our regular members of our Support Groups and leads the sewing group.  In 2016 she expressed a desire to help the other ladies in the Support Group to learn to read and write.  She started doing this during the Wednesday morning Support Group meeting with 2 to 3 ladies.  By the start of 2017 the interest in Hendrina’s teachings had grown and her group had expanded to 8 (men and women).  Hendrina is now holding her Adult Literacy each Monday and Wednesday morning at Siphila Sonke.


DebbieDebbie has been a loyal member of the Support Group and in a letter from her recently these few lines:

“Thank you that I can go to the Support Group with my problems. We comfort each other and learn new things  – and for visiting me with my Support Group friends at my home when I’m ill. We enjoy Tuesdays and Thursdays. Siphila Sonke makes me happy and I enjoy it with the Girls because I don’t have friends at home”

Debbie has recovered nicely and has been accepted at a “Learnership Programme” now and is very excited as she will also be earning an income.



Pumla and her husband were both in very poor health when they were referred to Siphila Sonke by the Themba Care Hospice. They lived with their baby son in an area known as “The Barracks’ because they were disused Eskom barracks which had been subdivided into dark, dingy rooms each housing a family. There were one or two communal taps and toilets.

Pumla was invited to join the Siphila Sonke Support Group and the family were given regular food parcels and assisted with the Child Grant and their own Disability Grants. The improved nutrition helped Pumla significantly and she blossomed into a popular, active member of the Support Group.

Sadly Pumla’s husband died whilst travelling home to the Eastern Cape. Upon her return her colleagues really embraced her situation and quite spontaneously reached out to her in song, in visits and in love. Pumla was pregnant at the time and during the end of her pregnancy became very weak, ill and vulnerable. Through Siphila Sonke’s support, Pumla recovered.

Today Pumla is well enough to be a full time, income-earning member of the Support Group, marketing the goods made at the local Farmers Market at Christmas time. She is extremely creative when it comes to beading and sewing. Her Baby is now a healthy child attending a pre-school.


Child Welfare Safe House

Earlier in 2016 we had to ask the Grabouw Child Welfare to intervene with children who are members of our Kids Club.  As a result the children were placed in the Grabouw Child Welfare Safe House.  However, we soon found out that the Safe House and Welfare were suffering financially.

We put out an appeal to a local church and volunteers and were very grateful for all the donations received that enabled us to brighten the lives of all those that are housed in the Safe House. The Child Welfare is under new management and they (and all the children in their care who could play with colourful new toys) are most appreciative of the support and donations!

The 2 children who are members of our Kids Club really thrived under the care they received at the Safe House, as well as through the on-going support of our Social Worker, Linda.  The children continued to attend our Kids Club and ended the year both receiving outstanding reports from school.  Their mother and younger siblings had already moved to Montague, to live with their grandmother, and the children joined them as soon as school closed for the December 2016 holidays.             



hendriaHendrina is one of our regular members of our Support Groups and leads the sewing group. She recently expressed a desire to help the other ladies in the Support Group to learn to read and write. She is currently doing this on a Wednesday morning at Siphila Sonke.

Hendrina has started with two to three ladies and is planning to expand this ‘adult literacy’ group. She has eight men and ladies lined up to start in the 2017 new year, when she will be offering this help on both Monday and Wednesday mornings.

Project – ERF 3004

There is a huge need for recreational facilities in the community of Xola Naledi, Grabouw and we were fortunate to launch this project and obtaining funding to start.

We have adopted the “Public Open Place” know as ERF 3004 (approximately 2558m²) from Theewaterskloof Municipality. This area is directly across from Imizamo Church / Siphila Sonke and was until recently used as a dumping ground by the residents and is known for an area that is not safe with several assaults and rape having been reported there. The children also play in this area. Due to the proximity to our premises the area can be controlled and maintained with ease by us.

A 20 ton excavator with hammer attachment was hired to remove and break the huge rocks and to level the area. With this now achieved, soil will be carted in and levelled and the area fenced so as to limit access and reduce the refuse dumping and stop access to cattle. Once the area is fenced we hope to establish a netball and soccer field (and hopefully in the near future a jungle gym!!) with a few trees planted strategically.

In obtaining the required approval from the residents much appreciation was expressed for our plans to make it safe for both the children and adults in the community. This will provide a safe place for the children to play and a clean and aesthetic recreational area for the community. Access will be available to all with a pedestrian entrance that will remain open but give no access to animals.


During a recent visit in one section of Waterworks, Linda & Bev came upon Matsepang who was one of our beneficiaries in 2011. Matsapang was a single (separated) mother of four who has come out of a very abusive relationship and was very ill with T.B.  She came to the attention of Siphila Sonke when she had been released from hospital having suffered a collapsed lung from her TB.  She was extremely weak, absolutely destitute and forced to leave her marital home with her children.

Since then she has recovered from her illness and Matsepang is now the principal of “Masiphumelele Edu Care Centre” and looks after over 38 children from 3 – 5 years.  Matsepang’s health has recovered and she is doing well, giving back to the community.

In a letter from her in November 2016 she expresses her gratitude to Siphila Sonke for all the care and assistance provided  which helped her family survive during the difficult times when she was sick. Her eldest son completed his Matric last year and she says that the other children are very happy and doing well at school.

Hippo Hotel Donation

In mid-July 2014 we received a generous donation of bed linen, pillows and duvets from the Hippo Boutique Hotel in Cape Town, when they recently refurnished the hotel. This was made possible through Sandy and Kevin King, owners of South Hill Vineyards and Venue in the Elgin Valley. These items have been distributed to our beneficiaries, focusing on the most needy ones. This was appreciated and a great asset to them since we have been experiencing a very cold winter so far.


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