We’re a social investment enterprise based in the heart of Soweto. Born out of the struggle and fight for human rights and equality, Phaphama still has the zeal and eagerness to bring sustainable, beneficial change in people’s lives. We are a self-sustaining NGO that offers tourism opportunities as well as paid training programmes to governments, corporations, organisations and the general public. We’ve managed to touch and change lives beyond the borders of Soweto and South Africa, improving the general living conditions of our communities.
Throughout the world there are environments in which destructive human relationships prevent people or organisations from reaching their full potential, which in the long run hinders economic growth. We operate with the upmost integrity to mentor and nurture people within these environments. Our aim is to create resilient, resourceful and caring communities. To achieve this, Phaphama is creating a safe space where people are empowered to work on their emotional, social, relational, and practical intelligence, developing the leader within with refined skills. These are the same skills that will empower our communities to overcome socio economic issues such as domestic and general violence, rape, drug abuse and the debilitating effects of poverty due to lack of access to resources.
From 2018 to 2020 the Youth Mentorship Programme was successfully implemented as part of a rehabilitation and reintegration programme in the correctional centres, Bizzah Makhate (Kroonstad); Polokwane Management Area and Bethal Management Area (Mpumalanga). More than 192 inmates were trained as mentors, and began to change their lives for the better by becoming role models […]
Between 2014 and 2016 Phaphama successfully implemented a Youth Mentorship programme as part of a Public Employment Programme (PEP) work-stream for the Community Works Programme (CWP) in the Gauteng communities of Kagiso, Mohlakeng and Bekkersdal (West Rand) and Erasmus (Tshwane). The success of this effort resulted in the development of a programme called Westonaria Youth […]
Through our initiatives, Phaphama has been able to bring long term positive change in people’s lives through focused experiential life skills training and coaching. Take a further look at the impact we’ve made in our communities.
I am Mahadi Ntsoke, a facilitator and mentor at Phaphama Initiatives, working hand in hand with my community young and old. I love serving my community, especially at the schools where I’m doing after school programmes during the week and on Saturdays. During school holidays we use my yard. I meet up with kids and […]READ MORE
Hi I'm Tumelo Tau co-founder and director of training and development organisation Sebata Bahurutsi as well as innovations and brand management company Myriad Vanguard. I am going to share a little about my beginning/s to personal as well as entrepreneurial growth. I will also share to you the role Phaphama Initiatives played in the development […]READ MORE
This work is absolutely relevant for South Africa. It is the only practical tool I have experienced that has a realistic potential to heal and transform gender relations.”READ MORE
I’ve been looking for a long time to find a way to bring healing and reconciliation between women and men here in South Africa. This work is the answer. We need much more of this work in South Africa.READ MORE
‘The language learning experience has had a powerful influence on the organisation culture in opening communications between members of staff from diverse backgrounds in terms of language, culture and positions in the organisation.’ The methodology of pairing language learners with mother tongue speakers within Hollard was especially effective, and has provided a strong foundation for […]READ MORE
I’m Sheila Mudau, from Tshikudini Village, Thohoyandou Limpopo. I met Phaphama while attending a TVC [The Victorious Community] programme, I was reported there for being a bad child and not behaving well. They introduced Phaphama to me. With Phaphama I first did the Making a Living Programme, which included conflict resolution, we learned how to […]READ MORE
When I joined AVP I had issues and emotional conflict within myself and was facing the challenge of how to resolve them. I grew up in KwaZulu-Natal and when I entered primary school that was where I had my first taste of violence. The older kids at school used to bully me and took my […]READ MORE
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