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Help us make this year’s Compassion Convention a success

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity, it is an act of justice – Nelson Mandela Caring for underprivileged youth is at the heart and soul of the HewLin Compassion organisation. Their focus is to provide upliftment and support through education, leadership, and developmental activities to promote moral excellence and self-confidence. One of the […]

Safe Space: changing lives, one day at a time

Safe Space, a step down shelter in Bellville, is in the process of upgrading their facilities. Located on the premises of what used to be the Scout’s Hall in A.J. West Street, Bellville, Safe Space has provided secure overnight accommodation for homeless in the area for the past two years. The negotiations of the Safe […]

The importance of gun safety in our city

Gun violence is a real concern in our country today. Many South Africans have personally had a violent encounter or know of someone who has. Local online news hound, The Daily Maverick published an article in early December 2018 on ‘fast tracking search warrants in hunt for illegal firearms’ in the Western Cape. VRCID COO, […]

Changing the face of the city one paper at a time

Imagine a society that was free from unsightly waste. A place where the standard of cleanliness in the streets would speak of a community which takes pride in itself and the environment making it a great place to live. But why stop there? Imagine that this same society enabling the underprivileged to be the carers […]


It was a day of great celebrations, networking and conversations for around 100 diverse locals, businesses and organisations from the Tygerberg area who joined in the annual Tygerberg Let’s Talk & Awards closing event on Sunday 29 October at the Celeb Theatre, Bellville.   The initiative provides a unique platform to recognise and honour some […]

Boston Centre squatters evicted

 By LIZAHN WENTZEL  Squatters in the derelict Boston Centre were given their marching orders this week by a court-backed eviction order. The Red Ants moved on the building on Tuesday morning. They were joined by Bellville police and law enforcement as well as officials from the City and the Department of Social Development. Bellville police spokeswoman, […]

Celebrating VRCID’s positive impact

On Thursday, 3 August 2017, we hosted an event to celebrate our contribution to the Bellville and Parow community and to launch the plans for our next five-year term. There were over 150 city officials, partners, board members and local business owners in attendance and it was a joyous occasion of sharing ideas, toasting future […]


MES, a non-profit dedicated to changing the lives of many unfortunate individuals across the country, hosted an Impact function and launch for Safe Space which was very well-attended. The event’s attendance highlighted how many people are interested in making a social change in the world in support of MES’s vision.  Lilly Franks, branch manager of MES Cape Town, and guest speaker Conrad Sidego […]

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