Together we can create bright futures.
Early Child Development
Child & Youth Development
Youth Accelerator Programme
Career Development Programme
It takes kindness and endurance to build thriving communities
Afrika Tikkun is a non-profit organisation transforming the lives of marginalised youth in South Africa. Unemployment, poverty and discrimination are crushing issues in South Africa, but with the generosity of donors and global partners we are making an impact. With the support of local communities, our Cradle-to-Career 360° model works to achieve sustainable socio-economic futures for South Africa’s youth.
Learn more about our Cradle-to-Career 360° model and the programmes we offer.
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Impact is a shared responsibility.
Our Core Values
Living for one another and putting the needs of the community first
We keep the future in mind in whatever we doWe keep the future in mind in whatever we do
In all of the work we do, we bring best value, best performance and strict discipline
We care with the purpose to grow
Striving to empower staff and young people with tools and knowledge to be independent and productive
Our 10 Beliefs:
To prioritise and meet community needs
To empower the community with the necessary skills for sustainable development
To use innovative solutions in order to continuously improve our programmes
To collaborate with corporate, government, communities and civil society to ensure optimised impact
To always have the best interest of our young people at heart
To constantly review our performance and impact
To impose the strictest financial controls and accountability to all our stakeholders
To ensure regular reporting to partners
To be guided and controlled by a Board comprising a majority of Non-Executive Directors
To comply with all statutory and fiduciary requirements
Board of Directors
Kay de Gier Formanek
Jaqueline Julyan S.C.
Chief Executive Officer
Development and Grants Coordinator
A dream for a brighter South African future
Afrika Tikkun founding fathers, Bertie Lubner and Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris, dreamed of thriving communities in South Africa. Encouraged by the newly established democracy, they partnered with like-minded visionaries, Herby Rosenberg, Ann Harris, Arnold Forman, Jack Tworetsky, and Benny Reich, to foster the socio-economic and educational development of historically disadvantaged youth.
As a champion of upliftment through education, international icon and the first democratically elected President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, became the Patron-in-Chief of Afrika Tikkun. Mandela believed that nothing could be more valuable than shaping the history of a country and his words of support still hold true, “With successful financial support Afrika Tikkun has the ability to reach our devastated population on a grassroots level.”
Today, Bertie’s son, Marc Lubner, and the Afrika Tikkun community, continue to uphold youth development as the foundation for meaningful impact.
Afrika Tikkun and Mandela...
After a visit to a Tikkun project in Orange Farm in 1999, President Nelson Mandela said that he had “seen a miracle” and offered to become the Patron-in-Chief.
In the words of Nelson Mandela:
“Afrika Tikkun project’s demonstrates in a practical and sustainable manner what can be done with limited resources, great commitment and passion. The challenge to reach all the disadvantaged people of South Africa remains a paramount one. We need all the resources, both human and financial, to address these challenging tasks. It is my belief that Afrika Tikkun represents the best of what civil society can offer in partnership with Government’s considerable efforts. Afrika Tikkun has proven that it has the ability to reach sections of our disadvantaged population at grassroots level. It therefore provides both physical help, as well as giving hope and dignity to the recipients.”