Web Directory of Various Non-Profit and Civil Society Organisations in the Western Cape | Western Cape Government

Web Directory of Various Non-Profit and Civil Society Organisations in the Western Cape


This listing of non-profit and civil society organisations forms part of the Western Cape Public Sector Directory.




African Gender Institute


The AGI's vision is of Africa as a continent liberated from the legacies of colonial and patriarchal domination, and transformed into a powerful and united region in which women and men are respected as equal, and social justice is a reality for all its people.

Black Sash


The Black Sash provides free paralegal services to those who need help in a variety of matters, including child support and social grants, labour problems, debt counselling and citizenship applications.

Cape Flats Development Association

Cafda Facebook

A community-based Child and Family Organisation operating in the Southern Peninsula providing counselling, care and educational programmes to encourage personal and family development.

Cape Town Heritage Trust


To conserve the architectural, cultural and natural heritage of Cape Town and its environs for the benefit of the inhabitants of the City and of the nation at large.

Centre for Early Childhood Development


Provides training, support and advice in the field of early childhood development by offering courses and programmes aimed at enhancing individual and organisational capacity, by developing and disseminating resources and by carrying out research.

Centre for Rural Legal Studies (CRLS)


An NGO dedicating itself to the equitable distribution of power and resources in the rural areas of South Africa.

Child Justice Alliance


A network of NGOs, CBOs, academic institutions and individuals working to ensure that the Child Justice Bill is passed by the South African parliament.

Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA)


A dispute resolution body established in terms of the Labour Relations Act.

Community Development Resource Association (CDRA)


A non-profit, non-governmental organisation working to build the capacity of organisations and individuals engaged in development and social transformation.

University of the Western Cape Community Law Centre

Community Law Centre

To protect and promote the human rights and democratic norms that have been enshrined in the 1996 Constitution and in international human rights instruments. It is our belief that social justice will be advanced through the establishment of a legal order.

Desmond Tutu Peace Centre


A multi-disciplinary, interactive, academic and high-impact visitor experience where visitors and scholars encounter a vision of hope for Africa and are empowered to participate in the creation of that vision.

Deafblind South Africa


Deafblind South Africa's main objective is to break the isolation that surrounds Deafblind people. Because deafblindness can be considered a communication disability, many Deafblind people live in isolation and they are very often unable to utilize services that might be available to other people.

Development Institute for Training, Support & Education for Labour


Ditsela is the creation of the major trade union federations in South Africa: Cosatu and Fedusa. Its central objective is to help the labour movement respond effectively to the challenges of the new and changing context.

Early Learning Resource Unit (ELRU)


A non-governmental organisation administered by the Cape Educational Trust.

F W De Klerk Foundation


Dedicated to working for peace in such societies throughout Africa and the world - and to continue to strive for positive relations between South Africa's diverse communities.

Friedrich Naumann Foundation


An independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation that is committed to promoting liberal policy and politics.

Gender Education and Training Network


To play a dynamic role in the transformation and equalisation of power relations between women and men.

Ikamva Labantu (the future of our nation)


A community-based, non-profit organisation that seeks to redress the damages of Apartheid and support the budding South African democracy by providing educational means, economic empowerment and self-sufficiency to South Africa's township communities.

Ikamva Labantwana Bethu (our children's future)


To address educational gaps as they appear by providing after-school homework help and supplementary tutoring in English and Maths for primary school learners from Crossroads. 

Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC)


A network of community-based organisations representing ethnic groups who see themselves as aboriginal/indigenous populations that have been marginalised by colonial administrations and contemporary African states.

Institute for Democracy in SA (IDASA)


An independent non-profit public interest organisation which promotes democracy in South Africa.

Institute for Justice &Reconciliation


Promoting justice and reconciliation in the aftermath of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and into the new century.

Institute for Security Studies


To conceptualise, inform and enhance the security debate in Africa.

Integrated Serviced Land Project


A development project primarily aimed at addressing the socio-economic needs of 40 000 families living in informal settlements in and around Cape Town.

International Labour Resource & Information Group (ILRIG)


A non-profit labour service organisation providing research, education, training and publication services to organisations in South Africa.

Jewish Sheltered Employment Centre


Provides employment for Jewish men and women who are unable to work in the open labour market.



Khulisa provides intellectual, moral and emotional nurturing that challenges and encourages all participants to be their best by taking responsibility for their lives and becoming productive.

Labour and Employment Relations Association of South Africa


To promote the basic rights of and sound relations between the South African labour market partners.

Lawyers for Human Rights www.lhr.org.za A non-governmental organisation that strives to promote, uphold and strengthen human rights.

National Institute for Crime Prevention and Reintegration of Offenders


A national crime prevention non-profit organisation working towards a safer South Africa.

National Sea Rescue Institute


To save lives at sea and to promote water and boating safety.

National Student Financial Aid Scheme of South Africa (NSFAS)


To provide a sustainable financial aid system that enables academically deserving and financially needy students to meet their own and South Africa's development needs.

Novalis Ubuntu Institute


The Novalis Ubuntu Institute in Cape Town, South Africa is a non-profit organization committed to acknowledging, honouring and nurturing the unique gifts, talents and inner resources of each individual. 

Open Democracy Advice Centre


To support democracy in South Africa by promoting access to information and advising whistleblowers so as to build an open and accountable public and private institutions.

Open Society Foundation for SA (OSF-SA)


To promote the idea of an open society in South Africa; an ideal which includes democracy, a market economy, a strong civil society, respect for minorities and tolerance for divergent opinions.

Operations Research Society of South Africa


To further the interests of those engaged in, or interested in, OR activities. ORSSA is continually involved in matters which concern operations researchers, such as drawing up guidelines for OR education, presenting short courses and marketing.

Partners with After School Project (PASCAP)


Specialist development organisation focusing on after-school child and youth development as a means of poverty intervention and job creation.

Quaker Peace Centre (QPC)


A team of peacemakers and development practitioners from different backgrounds. We work with people towards building a better society which fosters the creative and non-violent resolution of conflict.

Rotary Youth Exchange Southern Africa


Youth foreign exchange programme.

Social Change Assistance Trust


An independent funding and development agency. We support community controlled development projects in rural areas. We work in partnership with those we fund by offering support in organisational development and capacity building.

South African Facilities Management Association.


To promote the application and development of world-class Facilities Management principles and practices.

South African Human Rights Commission


The national institution established to entrench constitutional democracy. It is committed to promoting respect for, observance of and protection of human rights for everyone without fear or favour.

South African National NGO Coalition (SANGOCO)


A rapidly growing umbrella body of South African NGOs consisting of provincial and sectoral affiliates, working in a wide range of development fields including land, health, urban and rural development.

South African Youth Council

South African Youth Council Facebook

An autonomous, non-partisan, representative body of youth in civil society.

Southern Africa Institute of Fundraising (SAIF) - national with WC presence


A non-profit volunteer organisation which exists to promote and encourage high standards of ethics, practice and public service among people involved in fundraising in Southern Africa.

The South African Institute for Advancement (Inyathelo)


Inyathelo assists institutions and organisations to develop a professional approach to raising the donor investment required to advance their objectives.

Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture

www.trauma.org.za or email info@trauma.org.za

In addition to ongoing work with survivors of human rights violations (those who have experienced torture; refugees; and Truth and Reconciliation Commission deponents) and political violence.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission


The South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up by the Government of National Unity to help deal with what happened under apartheid.

Western Cape Anti Crime Forum

Western Cape Anti Crime Forum Facebook

A community-based anti-crime forum.

Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board 


To control all gambling, racing and activities incidental thereto.

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) - South Africa


A leading independent conservation organisation.



The content on this page was last updated on 13 December 2018