Saron Advice Office

Posted on Oct 27, 2020 in News

There are 7,843 people living in Saron, 97.3% who identify as Coloured 97.3% and 1.8% who identify as Black African. The predominant language spoken by 96.8% of the population is Afrikaans. Sharon America, now employed at the Saron Advice office shares her story. Read and share the good stories.    

SCAT: Management Voices

Posted on Oct 20, 2020 in News

SCAT has provided me the opportunity to work in an organisation with conscious grantmaking at its core. At the foundation of SCAT’s approach is the belief that the power lies with the local development agencies (LDAs) and that our contribution is financial and technical. Listen to the views of the management of the Social Change […]

Herschel Advice Office

Posted on Oct 15, 2020 in News

The Herschel Advice Office, contrary to its name, is located in Sterkspruit. This LDA deals with paralegal cases from Sterkspruit and all surrounding villages including Herschel. The organisation also supports a bee project run by community members. Mpopi Mthiya started working as a cleaner at the Herschel Advice Office. She was so inspired by how […]


Posted on Oct 8, 2020 in News

Clarence Xiniwe was a miner who joined the National Union of Mineworkers to fight against inhumane treatment of workers in the mines. He returned home to his rural village in the Eastern Cape to use the skills he learnt in the mines, to campaign for human rights through an advice office he set up in […]

Witzenberg Rural Development Centre

Posted on Oct 1, 2020 in News

Having the certainty of a safe and secure shelter is an essential part of women ’s equality . Emma Goliath ’s quest to help find secure accommodation for vulnerable women is rooted in her childhood. The Witzenberg Rural Development Centre has a strong focus on gender advocacy, helping women realise their self-worth, including rights to […]

Zanoncedo Empowerment Centre

Posted on Sep 17, 2020 in News

Zanoncedo started with only five volunteers in 2012 who selflessly dedicated their time, walking long distances to serve the community. In 2014 the numbers of volunteers grew to twenty-five and the first funding was received from SCAT in 2015 for administration which opened more doors. Teen pregnancies have been reduced as the number of young […]

SANDVELD: Local Development Agency

Posted on Sep 3, 2020 in News

I reside in a small town called Graafwater that’s located between Clanwilliam and Lambertsbaai on the West Coast. Graafwater is suitable as a retirement village because it is usually very quiet. It is a very proud village especially when it comes to cleanliness. The streets are often swept, and the litter is picked up to […]


Posted on Aug 25, 2020 in News

Thuso is a small Advice Office located in Pampierstad and tries to tackle these social ills by offering paralegal services to a community who have lost faith in the justice system. It has also set up a YouthBank programme aimed at addressing the youth unemployment crisis by funding projects conceived of and run by young […]

Board Chairperson Sahra Ryklief talks to us, about her journey with Ditikeni

Posted on Aug 19, 2020 in News

Many people don’t know that the head of an international labour organisation, with affiliates across many countries, calls Cape Town home. She is Cape Town born and bred Sahra Ryklief who also serves as our Board Chairperson. Ryklief is the Secretary-general of the International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations. She holds an MA in political […]


Posted on Aug 13, 2020 in News, Press Releases

The Nelspoort Advice and Development Office (NADO) was established in 1998 to offer access to justice to the poor communities of Nelspoort and surrounding areas. NADO was part of the Advice Offices of the Central Karoo, Southern Cape and other partner organisations who marched to Constitutional Hill to hand over a petition in solidarity with […]