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History and Background Mama Zelphina Maposela (founder & Director) moved to Nyanga from the Eastern Cape in 1974. She had always been interested in community development and worked for years with community health programs focused on home-based care towards patients suffering from tuberculosis (TB), and HIV/AIDS.
Mission and Vision Our mission is to provide education, food, and a safe home/shelter with a secure, loving environment for abandoned, abused, orphans, vulnerable children, and those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. We strive to work towards providing children with the best possible quality of life.
Programmes Emasithandane has decided to come up with programmes for the children living at Emasi and those who are living in the community. The aim is to keep them active, busy and energetic.


kids Emasithandane, affectionately known as Emasi, is a home and shelter which provides education, food and a caring upbringing for orphans. Emasi is also open to children who have been abandoned, abused or find themselves in vulnerable and unsafe circumstances. Currently there are up to 40 children at Emasi and the home also provides a community feeding kitchen for up to 25 children in the local community.

We are proud of our soccer activities which children in the home and surrounding community enjoy.  The use of soccer is a wonderful means of giving structure and sport in the children’s free time and to help them learn what it means to play sport and be a good sport.

The children at Emasi and in the local community face many obstacles and live in an area experiencing very high rates of unemployment, crime and overcrowding.  Despite these challenges we continue to work on the development of new strategies to provide meaningful support to the children and in the community.

Needs List

Emasithandane keeps an ongoing list of the most pressing needs at our home at any time. Please click here to see how you can help!

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Block 6 No 3
Sithandatu Ave, Mthandeki Street
Nyanga East, 7755
Cape Town
(Opposite to Nyanga Community Health Centre/Clinic)
Mr Siyanda Nkewana
Managing Coordinator
+27 (0) 79 255 7552
Miss Hazel Maposela
+27 (0) 76 1551 475

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