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Saying farewell to a key player at MES

  ‘Everyone in our country has the potential to contribute to a better South Africa.’ – Lilly Rossouw MES (Mould Empower Serve), an NGO based in Bellville and partner of the VRCID in terms of social upliftment, has been at the forefront of improving the lives of the destitute, especially those living on the streets.  […]

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 […]

‘Keeping the cold out’ winter readiness campaign is here

Winter is an especially hard time for people living on the streets. Consequently, there is an additional burden on the organisations that assist them. The city wants to help these groups as they cope with increased demand for shelters and assistance when temperatures drop, so that homeless people can access warm bedding, food, and toiletries. […]

10 effective ways to help someone in need without handing out money

There are roughly 7 000 homeless people in Cape Town. With South Africa’s unemployment rate at 26.5% for the first quarter of 2017, the numbers don’t look good for the Mother City. There are countless opportunities to help those less fortunate, but how can you be part of sustainable solutions? Giving money can contribute to […]


  It can accommodate 50 to 70 people during the day and 20 to 40 at night, the latter paying R8 to sleep on the premises — the men outside under carport-like structures and the women in shipping containers — on a first-come-first-served basis. There are about 700 homeless people in the northern suburbs but, […]


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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