IMPACT: Khayelitsha Township

CAP 109-401
  • Visit Khayelitsha Township
  • See entrepreneurial activity in the Philani Nutrition Center, Khayelitsha Craft Market, and Golden where you can buy local crafts
Program Overview
Country: South Africa
Depart: 03/22/2017 1400
Return: 03/22/2017 1800
Duration: Half-Day
Difficulty: Moderate
Capacity: Min. 15 / Max. 40

IMPACT Opportunity

Program Fee
$43 (early booking: $40)

South Africa is experiencing a period of unprecedented social and economic change and nowhere is this more evident than in Khayelitsha, South Africa’s fastest growing township. The impression from the outside is fairly grim—many shacks line the outskirts and give no indication of the vibrant culture found within. However, life in Khayelitsha is filled with entrepreneurial energy and community spirit; this trip is your opportunity to gain first-hand experience. Upon entering the township we visit Philani Nutrition Centre, where you will view weavings and silkscreen paintings, a project undertaken by the women in the community.

Continue to the Khayelitsha Craft Market. After exploring the market, proceed to a local park where we see how creative urban architecture and Soccer World Cup 2010 have combined to turn a once treacherous derelict area, into a safe social and recreational precinct. We complete the tour of Cape Town’s largest township with a visit to Golden, the modest man of Khayelitsha who has embraced re-cycling and developed a business around transforming junk into flowers and ultimately cash to sustain him and his family.

Special Note

-Please note to utilize the restroom facilities prior to departure, due to limited restrooms available in the township.
-Only local currency (South African Rand) is accepted at the Craft Market.
-Please note that most of the sites visited on this tour are part of an African Township, which whilst having extreme poverty, is busy being uplifted by the government and the local community, making it a place of hope. One needs to be prepared for this aspect of the tour, as it is definitely a “no frills “experience.
-Through participating in this tour, you will receive an insight into the local African culture like no other you have ever experienced, and in doing so, will contribute to the economic upliftment so vital for the people of South Africa.