Community Projects of the SAPC

Ububele African Psychotherapy Centre (JHB)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Katharine Frost

Founded by clinical psychologists Tony and Hillary Hamburger, Ububele is a centre of learning with a focus on improving the emotional development and wellbeing of children under 7, their parents and other caregivers. For the last 14 years, its work has centered on the promotion of mental health and the development, field testing and advocating of low-cost models of preventative care and experiential training, which are suitable for low-resource environments. Located in Kew, our programmes our mainly conducted in nearby Alexandra. Ububele, which means kindness, embodies the notion of public interest psychology.

The vision of Ububele, which was established in 2000, is framed by a human rights approach to mental health, particularly the rights of children to special protection, and to be given opportunities and facilities, by law and by other means, to enable [them] to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity. In the enactment of laws for this purpose, the best interests of the child shall be the paramount consideration. (United Nations General Assembly Resolution 1386 (XIV), 10 December 1959).

Ububele’s vision for South Africa is that of a nurturing society with secure, well-cared for children, who grow up to be emotionally healthy adults, competent parents and good citizens.

Ububele’s mission is to have a positive impact on the mental health of disadvantaged South Africans through the development and dissemination of training programmes which focus on early childhood and experiential group work.

Contact Person: Katharine Frost;


Khanya Family Centre Group

Area: Katlehong

Contact Person: Tshidi (Matshidiso) Maseko

Nature and Function of the Group: Khanya Family Centre is a South African not-for-profit organisation that provides free psychosocial services for children and families in disadvantaged communities. Since 1994 we’ve worked within townships in Johannesburg and Pretoria offering counselling and support to help those affected by problems associated with extreme poverty including HIV AIDS.

To us at Khanya, 21st Century South Africa is an energetic mix of progressive values and modernisation with vibrant and traditional cultures. We are a developing country with limited resources but as our national motto goes: We are alive with possibilities. South Africa is full of promise and a country to be proud of.

Yet millions of South Africans still suffer daily from the destructive and appalling levels of both poverty and HIV-AIDS. We passionately believe that emotional and mental wellbeing is a key step in managing and rebuilding the lives of affected individuals, families and communities.

From our origins working in townships with victims of political violence that occurred in the final years of Apartheid, to today’s ever growing number of child headed families due to HIV AIDS, we work tirelessly to support those most disadvantaged in our society.


Lefika La Phodiso (The Art Therapy Centre)

Area: Johannesburg

Contact Person: Hayley Berman
and Mbalenhle Nkosi

Nature and Function of the Group: Lefika is Africa’s first psychoanalytically informed art therapy centre, born in 1993 out of a critical need to respond to the effects of trauma from political violence in the final years of Apartheid in South Africa. Today Lefika works to better the lives of those individuals, families and communities affected by abuse, crime, poverty, xenophobia and HIV AIDS. We aim to create sustainable psychosocial transformation through providing safe spaces in which containment and imagination engender growth and positivity.

Criteria/Fees/Application: Lefika offers training to become a Community Arts Psychoanalytical Practitioner. The course can be completed either part-time over the period of a year or in a modular format. Please see the below website for further details.


Fight with Insight

Fight with Insight was established in the city with the vision of creating a safe place for the children of Johannesburg, using boxing to teach them life skills that assist them in taking responsibility for claiming their rights.

It is one of the few programs that focuses on the boy child. It intends to reclaim manhood and exit good men into the world. We are fighting for a society in which men are responsible and take responsibility or not harming themselves and others positively impacting on breaking the cycle of violence.

Fight with Insight is a project of the Box Office Gym, which was started by Luke Lamprecht and Anton Gilmore. Anton is an ex pro boxer, trainer and promoter, with over 30 years first hand experience of the impact that boxing has in the lives of youth in the Southern Suburbs of Rosettenville. Luke has 20 years’ experience in the child protection and development field and works with many Non-Profit Organisations. In 2006, Luke and Anton began using boxing to provide young offenders with an outlet for the natural aggression and risk taking behaviours that many youth express as violence, alcohol and substance abuse. Fight with Insight has since expanded to include all children who are at risk of becoming victims or offenders. This project was formally started and continues to operate primarily as a result of the generous financial assistance provided by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, and recently became a member of the International Fight for Peace Alumni.
Fight with Insight Video

Lawrence House

Please contact Daksha Hargovan – if you would like to join her in volunteer work here
A Child and Youth Care Centre, Lawrence House is a special place of safety and care for abandoned and orphaned refugee children and unaccompanied foreign minors. The Home is registered to accommodate 25 children, boys and girls. The children and youth currently living in Lawrence House are aged between 8 and 19 years and are originally from six different African countries, namely Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.


Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre (JPCCC)

Contact Person: Claudine Ribeiro;


Gillian Berkowitz

Established in 1944 as the Johannesburg Child Guidance Clinic, we provided counselling and guidance for parents and children with emotional and developmental problems. The service has gone from strength to strength, and now operates under the name of the Johannesburg Parent and Child Counselling Centre, with services offered in Johannesburg and Soweto.

Our mission statement is to develop individuals, families and communities emotionally, socially and psychologically.

In line with modern Child and Family Care Philosophy and the new Children’s Act of South Africa, the strengthening and preservation of family life is the focus of services to communities. Early detection of and intervention into difficulties experienced by children and their families is vital in order to build capacity in families and communities.

We deal with problems such as the psycho-social impact of poverty  bereavement, divorce, separation, custody conflicts, marital problems, death or violence, unemployment, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, work-related problems and other psycho-social and emotional issues, on children and their families


Telephone Number: 011 484 1734 Email:

Address: 2nd Floor, CMI, corner of Empire and Hillside Roads, Parktown.


Contact Person: Gillian Berkowitz  or

Claudine Ribeiro




Our Soweto office is based in Mapetla and has been operating since 1996. The centre offer services to the community in 6 wards of the Soweto Township, covering Mapetla, Chiawelo, Protea South, Senaoane and Phiri. The estimated population of this area is about 12000 residents.

The organisation has also established itself within the community therefore there are lots of people who visit the office on a daily basis with different needs.

Address: Sedibathuto School Soweto, Johannesburg

Telephone/Fax Number: 011 980 6062
Email: Website:
Contact Person: Matseke Nkadimeng
Fees: No Fees



In 1998, following on our experiences in Johannesburg and Soweto, JPCCC became aware of the needs of the community in Broederstroom.

Hartbeespoort Parent and Child Counselling Centre (HPCCC) was formed and after various moves, we are now operating from a converted container in the grounds of the Schaumburg School.

The white population in this area appears to cover the entire spectrum of socio-economic levels. The black population is predominantly poor, with the main employment opportunities being farm or casual labour. Many inhabitants of the area are seasonal or migrant workers, and due to farms having ceased to operate, the living standards of many people in the area have dropped.

The community is characterized by extreme poverty, abuse, neglect, ignorance, apathy and despair. Social problems such as alcoholism, HIV/AIDS, abuse, domestic violence and incest are rife. Little has been done about the allocation of land for informal housing. Over-crowding is increasing as one-time farm labourers are being forced off uncultivated farms. They are therefore forming numerous “informal shack dwellings” which are mostly illegal and are consequently being “moved” from one area to another. There is a chronic need of basic amenities, water, electricity and sanitation.

Area: Sharmberg School
Contact Person: Hellen Mahlase
Telephone Number: 082 218 7969
Fees: No fees