Salesian Youth Projects 2017 Annual Report


Salesian Youth Projects 2017 Annual Report




Learn to Live

Youth Employment Skills

Waves of Change

Salesian Outreach

Porsche Program

Don Bosco Hostel

Rector’s Preface

We began 2017 knowing that Salesian Institute Youth Projects (SIYP) was at a crossroads and that

a radical change of direction was needed. The changing times demanded that our organisation

as well as our skills training and job readiness programmes adapt to be relevant to the job market

and to attract funding in a competitive fundraising environment; either that, or die as an outdated

NGO dinosaur. However, we came prepared with a dynamic transition management team to drive the

process; and after a year of pain and promise, we now go forward implementing a number of strategic

changes, including a new CEO, Board Members and staff in key positions.

It is my privilege to acknowledge the unfailing material and spiritual support given to SIYP during this past

year of challenge and hope. The first requirement of this Annual Report is to give a transparent account of

the ‘material support’ received for the sake of the disadvantaged youth of Cape Town.

The ‘spiritual support’ may not be as obvious, but it is evident in the Annual Report in an implied way –

in the human interest stories, in the narrative sections, in how the projects are run and in their content.

Mostly, it is present in the motivation of all those committed to continue Don Bosco’s story of service to

the disadvantaged youth of today. I believe that such spiritually motivated people are to be found in the

list of donors and benefactors who empower the poor youth of Cape Town to become, in Don Bosco’s

words, “upright citizens and God-fearing persons”. To our funders, partners and stakeholders, our deep


There were many other spiritually motivated people at SIYP who also deserve a special word of thanks

for the past year of hard work, commitment and sacrifice: the transition management team for their

generous year of pro bono service and financial support in driving the change process; the members of

the Board for their meticulous oversight and support of SIYP; and the dedicated members of staff who

bore the burden in the heat of difficult days – to all, a sincere thanks on behalf of the Salesians and the

marginalised youth of Cape Town.

In conclusion, I wish to express our gratitude to retired CEO, Fr Pat Naughton, and members of the Board

for their unstinting spiritual and material support over many long years of dedicated service.

Fr Jeffrey Johnson SDB

Rector: Salesian Institute


Chairperson’s Report


It is a singular privilege to have been appointed the new Chairman of the Salesian Youth Projects. This comes at a

time of significant reflection and renewal at SIYP. Lynn Stevens has steered the organisation through exciting and

challenging times, most notably through a worldwide recession where funding of worthy causes came under

severe pressure. We are beholden to Lynn for the work she has done with passion and self-sacrifice.

Tribute is also due to Father Patrick Naughton who has retired from his post as CEO but still guides the board in

the true spirit of St John Bosco. Father Pat remains an integral part of the board of SIYP and a true custodian of

the ethos of our founding Saint.

Part of the process of renewal has been the inclusion of international trustees, Rick Early, Heribert Trunk and

Dermot Mullins - all outstanding businessmen in their fields. At the local level, Sidney Duval has retired from the

board and been replaced by Bernard Ashlin. Sydney has spent decades on the board of SIYP and its predecessors

and we wish him a well earned rest. Bernard Ashlin is a retired businessman and was a classmate of mine at

Salesian Institute in the early 1960’s.

As we will see elsewhere in the report, SIYP has appointed Hilton Nyirenda as the new CEO. Hilton has been a

part time volunteer at SIYP for a number of years and brings with him a knowledge of the Salesian spirit and a

high degree of enthusiasm. We welcome Hilton’s appointment and wish him every success in this very important

assignment. The board and its committees are committed to assisting Hilton to build a world class institution for

youth at risk.

During the year we welcomed Mr Andries Botha as the new principal of the Learn to Live school and we have

seen lots of positive change at the school. Under his guidance, we have added a hairdressing training salon

which is well attended. In the YES programme, we have substantially upgraded the Food Preparation kitchen

facility. The Porsche project ran into some unforeseen difficulties in getting the training vehicles released from

Customs, but everything is now on track and this exciting joint venture with Porsche AG will soon be producing

its first batch of graduates.

Of course, SIYP would be nothing without the teachers and trainers who guide and educate our Salesian youth.

The men and women who teach on our programmes and in our school are the lifeblood of the mission we

have to give these young people a chance to make something of their lives. We thank them all for their selfless

commitment to our work and the future of the youth.

"For though the chamomile, the more it is trodden on the faster it grows, yet youth,

the more it is wasted, the sooner it wears." - William Shakespeare.

Rick Early is a businessman from Dublin who along with two volunteers, Siobhan Walsh and Aileen Mcclosky

gave months of their time and an enormous amount of their resources as business analysts to assist SIYP in

becoming a world class organisation. Much of their work is in the implementing phase but they have left us with

a blueprint for success. We are extremely grateful to them for all the work they have done and the enthusiasm

with which they have done it.

The downturn in the South African economy has made it more difficult to place our graduates in jobs. This

has resulted in lower employment figures. Graduates not taken up in the formal sector at this stage often find

themselves becoming self employed entrepreneurs. Our focus this year is to substantially expand our foundation

of partners who are prepared to hire our youth.

I would like to express my gratitude to the board of SIYP for its continued passion towards the youth we serve.

The results of the efforts of our staff and directors transcends generations in the future and it is a responsibility

we happily accept.

Finally, I would like to acknowledge and celebrate the youth we work with every day - young people who have

not had the best start in life, in many cases, but who we seek to give a second chance, a step up, a way out, a

new ending as is the Don Bosco way. They are why SIYP exists and we do well to remind ourselves.

John Doidge

Chairman: Salesian Institute Youth Projects

Letter from the CEO

I begin this letter with a sense of pride in the Salesian

Institute Youth Projects. As I look back on 2017 — in

fact, the last decade — it is remarkable how well we

have performed. I’m not only talking about the number

of youths at risk we have touched through our work,

but also about how much we have accomplished

by introducing programmes that change the lives of

youth from marginalized communities. Ours is an

exceptional institution with an extraordinary heritage

and a promising future.

We continue to make excellent progress with all

the programmes. Our Learn to Live Schools of Skills

had an average attendance of 160 students over

the 12-month period whilst 337 young men and

woman completed vocational training courses in

the YES (Youth Employment Skills) Program. 251

Clients completed Life Skills training at the Waves

of Change Programme with continued employment

secured monthly through strategic partnerships. The

Salesian Outreach Program allowed us to work with

community leaders identifying youth in need in key

communities in and around Cape Town.

The Salesian Institute Youth Projects’ success is attributable to people who have worked tirelessly to build

the organisation into what it is today. I particularly want to thank and acknowledge the hard work of the

members of our Board and our Staff. None of the achievements would have been possible without them

or the tremendous support from our donors and all our strategic partners. We thank all for their support

and selfless donations.

Nelson Mandela once said: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what

difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” As

individuals, we often ask what the purpose of life is. Nelson Mandela suggests in his quote

– and exemplified in his life – that the purpose of life is to live a life of meaning

and impact.

This is the difference we’re making together, hand in hand with those who most

need it. 2017 Set the foundation for 2018 where, through ceaseless dedication,

the Salesian Institute Youth Projects will continue to give the youth at risk a

second chance at making hope a reality.

Hilton Nyirenda

Chief Executive Officer


Learn to Live

The Learn to Live School of Skills provides skills training and basic education to children and youth at risk in

the Cape Town area. The school is registered with the Western Cape Education Department as an independent

School of Skills. Learn to Live presents a holistic growth opportunity for youth who, due to socio-economic

circumstances, cannot access or cope in mainstream schooling. Learn to Live caters for learners aged 14 to 18

years old. Learners participate in skills programmes for four years, starting in year one at fourteen years of age,

and exiting at 18 years in year four.

All learners receive basic literacy and numeracy skills training. They further received vocational skills training to

prepare them for the world of work. The school provided learners with Learning Support Material for both skills

and academic programs. Each learner has their own Individual Support Plans which are revised every term. We

promote small classes with a maximum of 20 learners per class to provide the individual attention needed. A

social worker supports learners emotionally and those who experience socio - economic barriers.

Learners receive three meals a day. For many learners these are the only

meals that they will enjoy for the day. We are eternally grateful to funders

who supply in this dire need.


In 2017 – 60 learners received a transport subsidy to

the value of R 6000,00 per week. Most of our learners

come from low socio - economic environments and many

parents are unemployed and cannot provide for transport.

Contributions towards transport are therefore essential.


2017 Learn to Live Vocational Skills

Welding • Woodcraft • Panel Beating • Sewing and Crafts



1 21 18 15

2 21 15 23

3 12 12 8

4 4 4 7

Since August 2017 the computer room is back in operation and

computer literacy classes resumed for all learners.

Due to the poor economic climate, we are more often

required to assist with school clothes and shoes.

This is a growing trend & we must be able to provide

the clothing for youth as needed. Sports form part

of the holistic approach of development and this

year learners were divided into 4 houses (red, blue,

white & yellow). A 3 day Inter-House Tournament

was held from the 26-28 September at Green Point

Park Stadium where learners competed in traditional

games, touch rugby, netball, football & athletics.



Educating the mind without

educating the heart is no

education at all. - Aristotle


Youth Employment Skills

The Youth Employment Skills (YES) programmes forms the cornerstone of the Salesian Institute Youth Projects

mission to address the youth unemployment scenario in Cape Town. The different courses provide technical and

life skills to enable young people to integrate into the South African economy. The YES programme is unique in

both its design and implementation, consisting of multiple training elements and job placement opportunities

through strategic local employment partnerships.

2017 Programmes that

were offered by

the Yes Programme

• Computer Literacy &

Office Management

• Computer Maintenance &

Mobile App Development

• Bricklaying & Plastering

• Food Preparation

• Sewing

• Tiling and Laminated Flooring


Course Cohorts Trained


Tiling & Laminated Flooring 2 22

Bricklaying & Plastering 3 27

Computer Lit &

Office Management 6 146

PC Repairs & Mobile App

Development 6 68

Food Preparation 3 37

Sewing 3 37

Totals 337

Yes Program Employed 98 as on Feb 2018. Please note this number grows monthly as

students are employed up to 9 months after completing the courses.

This year in total 590 youth enrolled and 337 were trained in various above-mentioned courses. This

proves the demand and the relevancy of our interventions for young people. Each specific course prepares the

youth for the world of work in their sector. These courses empower youth who either dropped out of schools or

did not have access to other educational opportunities.

While others are affected by financial constraints. The majority of young people prefer our skills training because

of the all-round service we offer i.e. life skills, vocational skills training and job placements.



Each YES programme cohort commences with 3 weeks of life skills sessions which

is the heartbeat of SIYP training. The Life Skills is to enable young people to

understand the skills needed in everyday life. This course is the one of the main

drivers of success for participants to deal more effectively with everyday life.

Life skills sessions don’t only instil individual awareness, but it motivates youth to

practice teamwork and the spirit of giving back to society. Hence the youth stick

together and motivate each other during the skills training.


To achieve the targets we set ourselves, we went into

underprivileged communities to advertise our courses. This was done

through various recruitment channels such as pamphlet distributions at

more than 30 high schools, community visits, train stations as well as kiosks.

Radio interviews were also conducted at community radio stations such as CCFM, Bush

Radio, HeartFM and Voice of The Cape. Recruitment was also done through the Salesian

Outreach Projects formerly known as 16+ who partnered with Community Forums that focus

on youth development. We also had an opportunity to advertise our courses through a couple of

career expo’s facilitated by Action Volunteer Africa, the Department of Community and Safety, The Hilton Hotel

and The South African Police Services.


Graduation ceremonies are held after each course and all students who pass their course receive certificates of

completion for both the life skills and the vocational skills. To further acknowledge the students, we awarded

engraved medals for the top three outstanding students from each course. These are normally handed out by

one of our senior management staff members or a guest of honour.


Youth Employment Skills


Networking is the foundation in finding employment

opportunities for our graduates. Strategic partnership in key

industries are formed to ensure that the graduates have been

successfully placed into employment.

SIYP Ambassadors

A platform was created for the voice of the students in 2017. This

is where the top three students from each course are invited to a

round table discussion to express their views and give input on how to

improve our services. The SIYP ambassadors act as role models in their


Gold Award

Department of Social Development

The Department of Social Development (DSD) in the Western

Cape, acknowledged the Salesian Institute Youth Projects

with a Gold Award at the DSD Ministerial Awards evening

that took place on 28 November 2017. This prestigious award

recognizes outstanding organisations and individuals who

have contributed towards youth excellence and best practice

in their fields. The YES program was honoured to receive this



Success Story

Mzu, short for Mzuweya, was born in Kwa Zulu Natal in the Port

Shepstone area. He lost his mother at the age of 6 and with an absent

father was taking into care by his sister in the Eastern Cape. He grew up

in hardship as his sister was unemployed and had to feed several family

members with a meagre R300 government grant per month.

After he finished school, Mzu decided to go to where he thought he

could find a job and make a new life. He saved enough money for a

train ticket to Cape Town. With the high unemployment rate across

South Africa, Mzu did not find employment. He lived in the notorious

township – Khayelitsha.

Mzu was overwhelmed by the local dynamics within his newly found

community, riddled with crime, drink, drugs and gangsterism. Getting

very demotivated Mzu got caught up in reckless behaviour and drinking.

Still adamant to find employment, Mzu spoke to someone in the

community that worked successfully on a sea vessel. He was a past

student from the Salesian Projects, that completed the Waves of

Change Program. Mzu then found out that the Salesian Institute Youth

Projects offered several programmes and that he should get in contact

with them, which he then did.

Mzu first completed the Computer Literacy and Office Management course, thereafter he decided to further

enrol into the Sewing course which he enjoyed very much. Mzu proudly carries his tote bag that he made as

part of the course. He stayed in the SIYP Don Bosco Hostel for the duration of the courses as Mzu did not have

the means to travel from where he stayed in Kyalticha into town every day. “This is the first time I had a security

guard looking out for my safety where I stayed” said Mzu with a smile.

KFC, an employment partner of SIYP, recently offered Mzu employment as part of a recruitment programme.

He is very happy to have this opportunity to finally enter the formal job market and now expresses hope for

his future. “I will continue to better myself and I will not forget my dream of becoming very successful one day”.

Many of our youth that completed the courses, and who now are successfully placed in employment, frequently

visit us and keep in contact. They are an inspiration to us and the donors, to continue with our mission to offer

the youth hope and the possibility of becoming productive and proud citizens of this country. Mzu now pays

it forward by sponsoring 2 of his own community youths with transport money to attend skills training at the

Salesian Institute Youth Projects.

Mzuyea Nobathana


Youth Employment Skills

Course Trained Passed Employed

Employed or

further studies

Bricklaying 27 27 8 10 (37%)

Computer Literacy

and Office


146 139 42 53 (31%)

Food Preparation 37 37 21 21 (57%)

PC Repairs &

Mobile App


68 68 15 16 (24%)

Sewing 37 33 12 12 (32%)

Tiling & Laminated


22 22 5 5 (22%)

TOTAL 337 304 98 117 (35%)


Waves of Change

Finding work in the maritime sector has become a very difficult task. Companies in the

maritime industry, like all other businesses are driven by making a profit from unskilled

labour, while the sector oversight (SAMSA) wants those who enter the industry to have

the necessary safety qualifications to work on board any seafaring vessel because they

are aware of the many dangers of working in the industry.

Life Skills

Life Skills has proven to be a powerful tool in assisting our course

participants in finding purpose. During 2017, SIYP invited parents

and friends to join the graduation process. This has proven to be

an emotional time for both parents and clients.

The course focuses on the following:

• Develop of healthy relationships and teamwork

• Understanding and learning to have a concept

of oneself and self acceptance

• Setting personal values and building skills

• Budget according to current lifestyle

• Setting realistic goals that reflect growth

• Build capacity to effectively cope with life demands

2017 Statistics

Orientation Completed 366

Life Skills Completed 251

Seaman’s Record Books Issued 233

Safety Familiaration Completed 152

Job Placements 73

In this ever-changing environment,

Waves of Change has tackled the

challenges head on and has become

a noticeable force within the


Assisting the unskilled labour to be

skilled and ensuring that people

are better prepared to face the

challenges of working at sea in

the maritime industry we provide

access to necessary training,

documents and assist youth in

gaining employment at sea.


Success Story

Abduragmaan was a young man in 2014, wondering around the

harbor of Cape Town, wanting to work at sea, since most of the

men in his family are seaman. Naturally he was not successful as

he did not have any experience, or the relevant documentation

needed to work at sea.

On his way to town, he walked passed the Salesian Institute Youth

Projects building in Greenpoint. There was a group standing

around talking. When he asked them what was going on, they told

him that they are enrolling into the Waves of Change program,

a program that prepares youth at risk in the Cape Town area, for

working at sea.

Abduragmaan, could not believe his luck. He joined the group

and completed the registration and subsequent Life skills

training. The Salesian Projects assisted Abduragmaan to obtain

all the relevant training and the Seaman’s Book, a very important

piece of documentation required by officials to enable someone

to work at sea.

Aduraagman got his first job on a fishing vessel called “Desert

Diamond” in 2014.

Abduraagmaan is 23 and he is married with a child. He now can provide for his family. He has secured employment

on the SA Agulhas leaving for Antarctica. The SA Agulhas is a South African ice-strengthened training ship and

former polar research vessel. They go out on expeditions for 6 months at a time.

Abduraagmaan is very excited about this opportunity and experience. He has dreams and aspirations to grow

his career even further. The Waves of Change Program gave him that window of opportunity.

Abduragman Walker


Success Story

Story Told by Learn to Live Learner:

“My name is MilHali and I am 15 years old. I went to a school in

Gugulethu but was struggling to cope and felt I had no support

from the teachers. The teachers just came to school to teach

and I felt like there was no bond between my classmates and

my teachers.” My class teacher realized that I was not coping

with mainstream education, and referred me to the Salesian

Institute Youth Projects Learn to Live School of Skills.

“I live in a very dangerous neighborhood where I am

surrounded by gangsterism and drug abusers. I am not allowed

to play on the streets and need to be indoors most of the time

because it’s too dangerous. I know a lot of people that are

living on streets in Gugulethu, and they have no food to eat

and sometimes no shoes or clothes to wear. I am lucky to have

a mother that supports me and my baby brother and sister. We

survive on her salary alone, but at times it is not enough. Debt

is unfortunately the only solution to survive in many cases.

I am very happy to be part of the Learn to Live school because

here I get the support I need from my teachers and I feel like

we are a big family. I love school so much that I make sure I

attend school every day. Most of the time my mother can’t afford to buy a bus ticket but then Learn to Live

School gives me transport money to make sure I don’t miss out on the subjects I like. What I have noticed at

school is that most of the students don’t have transport money to come to school, or have food to eat and

come to school hungry and some don’t have uniforms Learn to Live School provides us with all of that. They

give us a chance to finish our school.”

Mihlali Gaika


Salesian Outreach

The 16+ Outreach Programme was the feeder/recruitment tool for the Youth Employment Skills (YES) Programme

and Waves of Change (WOC) projects. This outreach programme was designed around the needs of people upto

the age of 28, the majority of whom are from poverty-stricken areas. The programme assisted struggling youth

to find healthcare, education, legal advice, counselling and mentorship. They also provided Life skills training

to at-risk youth in these severely disadvantaged communities. The programme was guided by the principles of

respect and acceptance, which instills within participants a sense of dignity and improved self-esteem.

The “outreach” workers build a relationship with at-risk community youth and services included:

• Consultations (includes counselling, general advice and referrals, i.e. Trauma and Rehab Centres)

• Minor medical help

• Assistance with IDs and other official documents

• Placements into shelters and places of safety

• Advocacy on the streets and in the youth’s community

• Maintains a “Guardian Angel” system of people looking out for each other in the communities

• Food, clothing and blanket distribution when available i.e., the Easter Egg Distribution, Blanket Drive and

Christmas Parties, which happen at a specific time each year

• Working in communities with Elders and Community Leaders to reach youth at risk

• Socialisation once per week at the Salesian Institute

• Regular Life Skills Sessions in the communities, as well as Awareness Programmes and Holiday Programmes

• Day outings for groups by age and gender and camps for youth for recruitment into the YES Programme

• Identify and prepare youth between the ages of 18-26 for entry into the YES programme

• Identify youth needing accommodation at the Don Bosco Hostel

• Drumming Programme in communities and for YES and WOC youth


Life Skills are included depending on the event and included the following:

Awareness and Prevention

• Healthy Body and Mind

• Consequences of Crime

• Domestic Violence

• Rape and Physical Abuse

• Motivation

• Peer Pressure

• Teenage Pregnancy

• Substance Abuse


• Criticism and Anger

• Time Management

• Gangsterism

• Nutrition

• Negative behaviour

Community youth attended these sessions. These sessions prepare the youth for camps

to determine their level of commitment.


Hikes are based on goal setting and perseverance. This activity was used to determine if the youth were

motivated enough to commit to the process that 16+ Outreach presented to them, i.e. recruitment into the

YES or WOC programmes. Youth had a sense of achievement and self-confidence was improved after their

completion of the hike.


This activity helps with self-expression in a positive

manner, it helps youth to process feelings like anger

and frustration in a therapeutic way. It is used as a tool

for team building and improving self-esteem. Youth are

confident and energised after these sessions.


The aim of this programme was to help the youth face

the challenges they have in their lives and to make them

understand that most challenges can be overcome with

perseverance. Many of the youth who attended these

sessions where unable to swim, but through perseverance

overcame this challenge. Most overcame this challenge.

Positive and healthy lifestyles were reinforced during these



Salesian Outreach

2017 Outreach Activities

Easter Egg Drive 2017

3984 Easter eggs were equally shared to 996 disadvantaged children. This was a three-day event

held at Oasis farm, Freedom Park, Silver City and the Kraal kids of Zeekoevlei from 11th to 13th April 2017.

Blanket Drive

Cape Town’s Winter season is extremely cold and wet, and the Salesian Outreach Blanket Drive is essential

in providing warmth for the disadvantaged people. In 2017 a total of 789 blankets were purchased and

distributed to the needy over three consecutive days from the 3rd to 5th of July 2017.

Beneficiaries of the blankets this year were from the following informal settlements:

Area Age Category Number of beneficiaries

Little Angels Day Care Tafelsig Children 20

Ex Kraal – Pelican park Children 209

Oasis Farm Philippi Children 100

Mitchell’s Plain Silver City Children 260

Site B Khayelitsha BM Section Elderly 200

Mandela Day

As part of the 67 minutes Mandela Day campaign

Salesian Outreach facilitated a police station spring

cleaning. This was done by youth from Site B Khayelitsha

BM section. This initiative was welcomed and supported

by the station Commander.

During the 67 minutes campaign youth cleaned police

holding cells and the evidence room. Some of the key

insights from the experience were that crime doesn’t

pay and it could take more than ten years for one’s name

to be cleared after committing crime. Hence this limits

employability changes for youth with criminal records.


Outreach & Recruitment

Youth are recruited through community partners to attend Salesian Outreach. They attend regular outreach

activities before they are eligible to partake in awareness & holiday programmes. This programme allowed

the Salesian Outreach Project the oppurtunity to work with youth within their communities. Team building

activities were conducted in the following areas:

Khayelitsha, BM Section, Chesnutt Flats Belhar, Wesbank and Retreat. Thereafter youth who’ve shown

commitment and are hungry for skills development opportunities were given an opportunity to apply for YES

courses. Upon successfully enrolling they were given first priority for Don Bosco Hostel accommodation. In

2017 a total number of 45 youth were recruited for the YES courses.

For those that are below the age limit Salesian Outreach refers them to other Developmental Organisations

(NGO’s) for further assistance.

Career Exhibitions

Four career exhibitions were attended this year. These were facilitated by various organisations in the

following areas: Dunoon, Wynberg, Richwood and Parow. A total number of 174 youth showed interest to

enrol for 2018 YES courses.


During the 1st quarter of the year, two camps where held for the Don Bosco Hostel intake. These camps

prepared the youth for their hostel stay. The camps were held from 7th - 10th March 2017 and 2nd -5th May

2017. A total of 23 young men from Khayelitsha BM section and Harare attended the camps.


The Salesian Outreach partnered with a couple of stakeholders such as Khayelitsha Police Station, Haven Night

Shelters, Princesvlei Eco Camp Site, Joining Hands Mitchells Plain, Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre, BM

Community Development Club House, Department of Community Safety, Social Development, and various

community leaders.


(All stats are recorded & documented by use of daily journals, life skills registers, youth profile records etc.)

Descriptions Age 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter

Children 0-16yrs 24 996 830 0

Youth 17-24yrs 81 32 115 197

Young Adults 25-30yrs 36 13 0 0

Adults 30+yrs 39 4 0 0

TOTAL 180 1045 945 197


The Salesian Outreach Programme touched the lives of

underprivileged people in 2017 through various activities.



Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre – South Africa (PTRC-ZA)

The Porsche Training and Recruitment Centre – South Africa (PTRC-ZA) is the newest addition to the Salesian

Institute Youth Projects. The automotive industry is facing the biggest upheaval in 100 years as it undergoes

a major shift towards new technologies. The ongoing move towards digitalization, connectivity, e-mobility,

environmental protection amongst others requires a new set of special skills for employees in the industry.

The PTRC-ZA tackles this by creating a regional hub of excellence where Porsche’s intelligent performance and

the Salesian social footprint combine to deliver intelligent qualification for the digital automotive pioneers of


This exciting 3-year pilot project was launched in 2017 with the first class of twenty-one male and seven female

students began their two-year course in July. Every year, approximately 25 young men and women from socially

disadvantaged backgrounds will be trained as automotive service mechatronics technicians. The programme

is being jointly implemented by the Salesian Institute Youth Projects and the local Porsche importer, LSM

Distributors (Pty.) Ltd. This unique combination of competencies allows for a fantastic synergy where the Salesian

mission and the mission of Porsche are jointly fulfilled.

Two classrooms and a training workshop were setup for the trainees to work in. The training content has

been designed by Porsche’s After Sales experts in line with the current and future needs of the automotive

industry. The learning content seeks to equip the trainees

with the competencies to be able to diagnose, repair and

service the motor vehicles of today and tomorrow. In order

to successfully teach these competencies, the programme

employed two full-time teachers who come with decades

of experience in both teaching automotive mechanics and

working in high-end automotive workshops.

This project ultimately seeks to unlock career opportunities

in the retail organisations of the Volkswagen Group, namely

Porsche, Audi, Volkswagen and Bentley. The quality expected

of the technicians working in these brands is exceptional, so

we too set high standards for the students with a pass-mark

set of 80% for all tests and assignments.



The project was officially launched with a magnificent event hosted at the Salesian Institute Youth Projects in

March 2017. We were privileged to have top local and international acts perform at a function where a range

of the most impressive Porsches, Bentleys, VWs and Audis were on display. The first class of students were

introduced to a marquee tent full of A-list guests celebrating the opportunities that this project opens up for

these young people. The students were also blessed to start their training with a weeklong course offered by

one of Porsche South Africa’s head technical trainers, who also coordinated an eye-opening tour of Porsche’s

Century City dealership and workshop. One of the biggest highlights for the students was the arrival of the first

training vehicle, an impressive Porsche Cayenne.

The project, in alignment with all other SIYP projects, seeks not only to prepare young people for the demands

of the world of work, but also to be inspiring individuals with a healthy and positive world view, both in the

workplace and in their communities. To stimulate this, a program of life skills is included into the curriculum,

personal and spiritual growth classes are offered on a weekly basis as well as sports and recreation sessions to

encourage healthy living and relationship building.


21 Males - 7 Females

12 African - 16 Coloured

We are thankful to our partners who are the key to this projects success. Special thanks must go to

PAG, LSM Distributors, Don Bosco Mondo and the Salesian family who have been involved in

growing the project.


Don Bosco Hostel

The Don Bosco Hostel (DBH) provided accommodation and full board and lodging to youth recruited by 16+,

youth from severely disadvantaged communities attended the YES and the WOC programmes. Youth from

abjectly poor households, and or travelling from far away and rural areas, have the opportunity to stay in a

safe environment whilst in training. This accommodation allowed for focused learning and development.

It offered weekly boarding (Monday to Friday), with a capacity of 24 beds. The youth received three meals

per day and where provided with bedding and toiletries. During their stay at the hostel they were expected to

complete certain chores i.e. clean the bathroom, dormitory and kitchen. They had regular excursions visiting

cultural as well as tourist destinations around Cape Town.

The Don Bosco Hostel accommodated males between the ages of 18 and 28. Youth who stayed in the hostel

underwent training at either the YES Project or Waves of Change. This accommodation facility enabled youth

who lived too far from Cape Town and youth who lived in extremely impoverished circumstances to access the

S.I.Y.P. training opportunities. During the afternoons and evenings, the youth participated in informal life skills

and recreational activities.

After completion of their training courses, the Job Placement Officer assisted the youngsters to secure

employment. A Youth careworker was always involved in assisting and guiding youth with any problems they

may have and ensuring that daily chores were completed. Nutritious meals were provided during their stay at

Don Bosco Hostel.

In 2017, 123 young men were accommodated.


A gym

A caring environment

Private and group

sessions with the


Life skills programmes include

weekly sessions whilst in the

DB Hostel

A recreational

room with TV

Access to prayer

services, should they

be requested

Library facility for

homework and


24 hour supervised

residential care


Don Bosco Hostel



when needed


Life Skills

YES Program


Don Bosco


Porsche Program


Waves of Change


Salesian Outreach


Learn to Live


1063 Life Skills Completed

Life skills forms the foundation of our work at SIYP. These skills develop our youths interpersonal skills prior to

developing their vocational skills. Life skills are defined as personal and inter-personal skills or psychological

abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour, that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and

challenges of everyday life.

Our life skills training helps young people to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills such as personal

worth and teaches them to interact with others constructively and effectively. Success as humanbeings

depends on how well people can manage challenges and risks, maximize opportunities, and solve problems in

co-operative, and non-violent ways.



Financial Summary

Salesian Institute Youth Projects Financial Summary for the Year Ended 31 December 2017

2017 2016



INCOME 17 997 002 14 605 823


INVESTMENT INCOME 183 323 239 700

OTHER INCOME 422 234 599 959

Income not attributable to specific projects 223 578 459 970

Fair Value Adjustment 198 656 139 989

EXPENDITURE 17 497 918 14 933 017

NET DEFICIT / SURPLUS 499 084 -327 194

Note: The full annual Financial Statements for 2017 are available on our website:

Income by Sector and Income by Country

7.9% Individual


South African












1% CSI

South Africa





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Donors List

Abrahams, J.

Abrahamse, CS.

Adams, M.


Alexander, A.

Amandla Development

Appleton, AC.

Arendse, F.

Arendse, O.

Baldissara, D.

Bam, A.

Barnes, G.

Barrows, M.

Bell, L.

Bell, T.

Bellairs Trust.

Bennet, N.

Bengu, D.

Biccari, F.

Bico, Mena.

Bill, C.

Bloch, D.

Booth, J.

Bosco Subaru

Blount, M

Botti, L.

Brans, T.

Breadline Africa.

Bright, V.

Brizzi, C.

Buchanan, P.

Burke, D.

Buterley, B.

Butler, J.

Calvert Construction.

Campbell, U.

Capitec Foundation.

Carrol, A.

Cape Town Central City

Improvement District.

CASA Salesiana

Caso, A.

Catholic Woman’s League

CELT Productions.

Chance Jugend

Childs, L.

Community Chest.

Constantia Catholic.

Crowsser, GC.

Cupido, T.

Da-Silva, P.

David Graaff Foundation.

Davids, M.

Danicki, J.

Delahunt, S.

De Souza, A.

De Villiers, L.

Desmore, B.

Dippenaar, A.

Dichm, M.

Divaris, K.

Doidge, J.

Don Bosco Jugendhilfe


Don Bosco Mundo

Don Bosco Mission Bonn.

Don Bosco International.

Downey, K.

Duggan, SM.

Earley, A.

Earley, R.

Edgemead Primary

ELMA Foundation.

Ely, SJ.

Embassy of Ireland.

Engel, N.

Ernst, Dr Hans- Bruno.

European Union.

Farmer, R.

Fedderson, J.

Fergus, K.

Flaherty, T.

Florence, T.

Fowkes, IW.

Freeman, J.

Fr. Pat’s Family & Friends.

Fynn, H.

Gabriel Foundation.

Garland, B.

Gallacher, M.

Gallin, L.T.

Gloyne, B.

GMG Trust.

Granger, C.

Green, F.

Grewal, RK.

Greyvestein, B.

Hanna, S.

Hansen, K.

Harwood, L.

Hendricks, Q.

Heraeus Electro-Nite.

Holy Childhood –

Archdiocese of

Cape Town.

Holy Cross Sisters Rugby.

Holy Cross Convent School


Horn, AR JL.

Houghton, B.

Hurl, A.

Hyundai Don.

Immaculate Conception



Jackson, M.

JB Findlay Trust.

Johnson, W.

Kennedy, N.

Kuppen, F.

Lally, A.

Lategan, C.

Latiffe, Mr.

Lauro, D.

Laxa, R.

Lawrence, J.

Lenssen, J.

L&S Chiappini Trust.


Lyne, A.

Lotto SA

McCauley, K.

MacConnell, G.

McConville, K.

McCloskey, A.

McCloskey, J.

McDonagh, B.

Mahatey, A.

MariaMarina Foundation.

Martin, N.

Mrs. Keyter.

Me Keefrey, Fr. B.

Meegan, K.

Meiring, T.

Mendelsohn, L.

Mercy Covent Spiddal.

Michalow, S.

Misean Cara.

Moeketsi, K.

Monahan, M.

Mookrey, LM.

Moran, T.

Morkel, V.

Morris, G.

Muller, L.

Naidoo, S.

Naughton, S.

Neely, E.

Ni Chongahile, M.

Ni Chonghaile, B. & C.

Ni Chuinn, B.

Noon, T.

Norman, RV. & M.

Nortje, A.

Nosure, N.

O’Connor, M.

O’Curraoin, S.

O’Brian, D.

O’Donnell Family.

O’Flaherty, AC.

Ogle, R.

O’Hara, P.

PA Don Charitable Trust.

Peter, SZ.

Phipps, M.

Pieterse, L.

Pickard, V.

Pinho, A.

Poggenpoel, A.

Raath, A.

Ramsden, BA.

Rapp, M.

Rasbe, O.

Reddam House.

Renwick-Forster, K.

Richardson, L.

Ribeiro, L.

Rightwell, L.

Roche, A.

Roche, C.

Rosario, J.

Rossouw, C.

Ryan, M.

Ryan, Fr E.

Sagrestano, R.

Sangster, S.

Salesian Irish Province.

Salesian Mission.

Salesian Rector Major.

Salie, S.

Schaper, C.

Schrieff, VJ.

Sefoor, E.

Shiely, E.

Simmonds, M.

Sinclair, CC.

Skaarup P.

Smith, A.

Genisis-St. Michael’s

Catholic Church.

Stahl, R.

State Street Corporation.


Stewart, S.

Sykes, G.

Sztopa, R.

Technokill, CC.

The Bowman Foundation

The Ryan Trust.

The Lord and Lady Lurgan


The Key Recruitment


TK Foundation.

Thomas, D.

Thomas, M.

Thomas, V.

Toef, W.

Trunk, H.

Turner, D.

Van Jaarsveld, JA.

Van Tonder, B.

Van Zijl, S.

Van Zyl, R.

Vella, L.

Vella, V.

Venn, S.



Volpe, J.

Vokozela, RN.

Wagenaar, M.

Wallace, WR.

Walsh, S.

Warner, T.

WC Department of Social


WC Education


Wesson, A.

Whiting, D.

Wiesenbacher, Y.

Williams, MF.

Wilson, KE.

Yates, B. K.

Yellow Door Collective.


2 Somerset Road,


Cape Town

Western Cape


South Africa

+27 21 421 4250


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