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Social Responsibility

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It has an incredible mix of cultures, religions and people. It is also a city where first and third world live next to each other. While the city is in many ways very comparable to any large city in the first world, there are townships on the outskirts where people live in incredibly poor conditions and struggle every day with things we take for granted.

We feel that as a company it is our responsibility to contribute to the community.

What we do

Since 2010, we have been sponsoring children to study at Westerford High School, one of the most highly-regarded public high schools in Cape Town.

Each Westerford student that we sponsor is one more citizen with better opportunities than before.

What you can do

You come to Cape Town to volunteer (or to improve your English language skills) and to experience Cape Town and South Africa. We provide you with opportunities not only to see the beauty of the city, but also to get to know disadvantaged communities. For instance we regularly provide guided township tours.

If you have the feeling that you would like to help the poor communities we offer the following opportunities:

  • Attend one of our volunteer programmes in the Cape Town area.
  • Participate in the Soup Kitchen.
  • Make a financial contribution towards our scholarship programme or towards the Soup Kitchen.
  • Assist us with projects we organise from time to time like providing food tents, preparing Christmas parcels, etc.

OBS Pasta Kitchen

We are a proud supporter of the OBS Pasta Kitchen, which is a volunteer driven initiative and run by Kimmon Bisogno and Diego Milesi. This initiative offers a hot bowl of pasta to the many needy residents (often homeless) and passers-through in Observatory. But more than providing a meal it's about creating connections with the people on the streets and developing a long-term strategy to help elevate their lives.

Twice per month, we arrange a visit to the OBS Pasta Kitchen. Volunteers are encouraged to sit and engage with the dinner guests. They offer emotional support and an ear to listen, with the aim of discovering how to help more. As Kimmon says, "It’s about acknowledging the coexistence of each other in the community. It’s about giving those, who are often ignored, the time of day and the dignity we all deserve. We want to understand the issues at play, how we can help, what skills we can share, and how we can get these people off the street one phase at a time.”

The OBS Pasta Kitchen has become one of the highlights of our Social Programme. For our clients, it is a remarkable experience. And for us, it is wonderful to see what big hearts our clients have!