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Alan and LaVerne Silverman from San Francisco (USA)

Alan and LaVerne Silverman of Africa South Safaris based in San Francisco, have become good friends of Uthando over the years. Aside from supporting the tours, Alan and LaVerne have contributed generously to the construction of both Zizamele and Masibulele Educare Centres. It was very gratifying to be able to reveal to the Silverman’s, during their recent visit to Cape town, the completed Zizamele Educare and the almost completed Masibulele Educare. The last time they visited Cape Town, Zizamele was still

Meadowbrook School of Weston, Boston, USA

Uthando had an absolutely wonderful day of engagement, learning and fun with a group of learners, teachers and parents from Meadowbrook School of Weston, Boston, USA. The group wanted to learn about how South Africans are actively trying to make their country a better place to live – the methods that the people have discovered that work, as well as the ones that don’t, and how to rise to the challenges and continue to grow. They were also very interested in

Babington House School (United Kingdom) fundraising for Zizamele Educare Astroturf

A group of learners from Babington House School (Chislehurst, Kent, UK) had a lot of fun undertaking various fundraising initiatives with the aim of financing a new astroturf for the jungle gym area at Zizamele Educare in Khayelitsha. Including school discos, cake sales, non-uniform days, musical events, dance events and a netball match between the staff and students. It was a wonderful experience for the learners and teachers of the school, to visit Zizamele Educare, and see exactly what their hard-earned

Astroturf for Kiddies Educare

Thank you JACADA TRAVEL for supporting the continued development of early childhood development centres. The play area at Kiddies Educare in Philippi was recently radically transformed with the installation of a high-quality astroturf. Kiddies Educare provides quality pre-school learning for 70 young pupils under the guidance of principal Margaret Makhafola and her dedicated staff. In 2010 Uthando in partnership with donors and stakeholders transformed Kiddies Educare from a shack structure to a decent double story brick building. Uthando continues to assist

Amazing Tripadvisor Reviews!

The Best Township Tour I have ever seen by Chris Thwala from Safari365 As a young black child growing up in the township I always felt special yet intimidated when white people would visit out Township (Alexandra, Johannesburg). The visitors would take photos of us, give us sweets and we were told to sing for them. No, no, no.. that is not the case with Uthando Tours, they are more concern about changing the face of South Africa, not putting money

Uthando supporting farmers through PEDI

For the 2019 Soil Health Day workshop, Uthando supported 5 farmers to attend and learn about how to improve degraded soil by using the new principles of regenerative agriculture. The principles, such as covering soil, planting continuous cover crops, and not plowing the soil, has the ability to restore soil to its proper functioning when it was a virgin soil. Zodidi Meke said of the day, “I learned the importance of the cover crops before in school, like legumes adding nitrogen

Zama Dance School Annual Showcase inspires hope

What a joy for clients attending an Uthando Tour on the 13th of December  to experience children performing ballet and dance at Zama Dance School in Gugulethu with guest dancers from the Cape Academy of Performing Arts and Cape Town City Ballet. After the tour Mike Gathercole sent the following lovely note; “Thank you Uthando for taking us to Zama Dance School. It was inspiring seeing such amazing local talent growing up in Gugulethu.  I was filled with hope for the

Celebrating with the beautiful seniors

Clients Christine Collard and Philippe Dorleans in the thick of the celebrations A highlight in Uthando’s annual calendar is the year end christmas parties with the seniors at the three seniors projects with which Uthando works : Sinovuyo, Masibathande and Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH). There is much singing, dancing and fellowship, sharing the spirit of Ubuntu which they epitomize. The seniors are so incredibly loving, kind, generous and just beautiful. Uthando sponsors all of the parties as well as giving

Uthando hits 300 reviews on Trip Advisor !

A very big thank you to the clients who went to the effort of reviewing the Uthando Philanthropic Cultural Tour on Trip Advisor. On the 17th of December Uthando hit 300 reviews,  98% of reviews rated the tour as excellent and 2% very good with the Uthando Tour listed at “#13 of 446 Tours in Cape Town Central” The 300 the review : “James led our university group (professor and 15 students) to four different non-profit organizations in different townships. At

Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium Roethenbach in Bavaria HUGE success towards helping Masibulele Educare

Class 10a from Geschwister-Scholl-Gymnasium Roethenbach in Bavaria, Germany, raised 1100€ (R18 079.71) to help at #LetsBuildMasibulele. Inspired by their English teacher Simone Suenkel, who got to know Uthando in 2016 when she visited South Africa, the class organized a bazaar  ”READ FOR SOUTH AFRICA“ with a second hand book sale. The students created bookmarks, painted pictures and sold South African wine at their summer party at school, where guests also generously donated towards construction of the new early childhood development centre,

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