Beacons of Hope.
Agents of Change.
We are a vehicle through which young people can discover their truest potential.
We are mere facilitators, guiding them with care and love towards a better future.
It takes kindness and endurance to build thriving communities
It began with belief. Belief in the potential of South Africa to emerge from the ashes of apartheid and become a demonstrable triumph for human rights. Bertie Lubner and Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris’s philanthropic vision for thriving communities was built on a passion for people, a drive for improvement and a responsibility that they called kindness. Together, fuelled by the momentum of 1994, they forged their dream for South Africa, initially focusing on meeting immediate basic needs and providing skills training in select communities.
As the needs proliferated and the vision grew, the pair reached out to like-minded individuals, namely Herby Rosenberg, Ann Harris, Arnold Forman, Jack Tworetsky and Benny Reich. By then, the impact of Afrika Tikkun was far-reaching, even to national icons such as the late and honourable Nelson “Madiba” Mandela.
With a longstanding friendship and a shared vision of a free and fair South Africa, Madiba chose to partner closely with Afrika Tikkun as Patron-in-Chief of the cause to uplift and educate South Africa’s vulnerable youth.
Today, the legacy of Afrika Tikkun continues in the hands of Bertie’s son Marc Lubner, and the Afrika Tikkun community that upholds youth development as the hallmark of change. Together with our stakeholders, partners and public volunteers we are impacting lives. As a leading non-profit company in the fields of education, skills development and socio-economic upliftment, our commitment remains unwavering: to impact South Africa for the long term, one inspired young life at a time.
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Impact is a shared responsibility.
Our ethos at Afrika Tikkun is to partner with you on our journey of impact.
Together, we share the responsibility of rebuilding young lives to their fullest potential. Whether you are a business, an individual volunteer or a young person wanting to grow your future through Afrika Tikkun, there is no limit to the valued contribution you will make for yourself, and for others.
Established in 1994, Afrika Tikkun NPC is a leading non-profit organisation, proudly homegrown in authentic South African values and both locally and internationally recognised for our commitment to holistically developing the lives of our young community members.
We are a dedicated family of future enablers that places impact at the heart of everything we do. We take our partnerships seriously, and our young people attentively – ensuring the best support structures across both areas of our service.
At Afrika Tikkun we’re proudly partnership-focused and work alongside local and global organisations to build sustainable socio-economic pathways for South African youth. Through a variety of contribution channels our partners choose to get actively or passively involved in as many programmes as possible at Afrika Tikkun.
From corporate campaign activations to monetary contributions to volunteerism and inspired brand initiatives, our team at Afrika Tikkun will support you in your movement towards impact – offering advice, campaign supervision and curation wherever it is required.
Our 360° Cradle-to-Career Programme approach is designed to meet the demands of health, education and future wellbeing of South Africa’s impoverished youth. These programmes are highly developmental-centric, inspired to be practical and accessible at every touch point of the growth journey.
Our programmes extend to:
Early Child Development
Child & Youth Development
Youth Accelerator Programme
Career Development Programme
360 Degree Social Support Services
Our five development Centres are future-fit and fully equipped with professional service providers, compassionate social workers and world class developmental tools to shape the lives of our youth from aged 0-35.
In our world, every young person deserves a chance to succeed. And there is no life too big nor too small to offer up the opportunities to get there.
What Drives Us
We strive for excellence. We build trusted partnerships. We impact young lives.
We believe in enriching minds, developing skill and confidence and acting with kindness in all that we do. Through our commitment to our Beliefs and Values we learn to serve with honour, respect one another and remind ourselves that every young individual deserves a hopeful future.
Our 10 Beliefs:
To prioritise and meet community needs
To empower the community with the necessary skills for sustainable development
To use innovative solutions in order to continuously improve our programmes
To collaborate with corporate, government, communities and civil society to ensure optimised impact
To always have the best interest of our young people at heart
To constantly review our performance and impact
To impose the strictest financial controls and accountability to all our stakeholders
To ensure regular reporting to partners
To be guided and controlled by a Board comprising a majority of Non-Executive Directors
To comply with all statutory and fiduciary requirements
Our Core Values
Living for one another and putting the needs of the community first
We keep the future in mind in whatever we doWe keep the future in mind in whatever we do
In all of the work we do, we bring best value, best performance and strict discipline
We care with the purpose to grow
Striving to empower staff and young people with tools and knowledge to be independent and productive
Group Chief Executive Officer
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Acting Executive: Marketing
and Stakeholder Relations
Group Financial Consultant
Chief Operating Officer
Group Investment Officer
Chief of Staff
Executive Head of ATOM
& Strategic Partnerships
Chief Financial Officer
Dominique Dix Peek
Executive: Research and
Arekopaneng (Orange Farm)
Mfuleni (Cape Town ) &
WC, EC, KZN
Wings of Life (Diepsloot)
Our Board Members
Arnold Ian Basserabie
Chairman (non-executive director)
Azola Lusanda Mayekiso
Ntombenhle Arlene Radebe
Rabbi Dovid Yetzhak Hazdan
Magolego Abednigo Tau
Many members of the Jewish community are active in fields such as counselling, training, community development and inter-group contact. A significant Jewish initiative in the area of reconstruction and development was the establishment of TIKKUN which is a community project to uplift the disadvantaged. TIKKUN, which is spearheaded by the industrialist Mr Bertie Lubner and Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris, is the coordinating body of Jewish organisations involved in upliftment and is harnessing Jewish community resources, individual skills and expertise to fulfill its outreach projects. The operational sectors of TIKKUN cover Education, Agriculture, Business and Professions, Health, Welfare, Housing, Public Relations, Youth and Sport, Art and Culture. Limited progress has been made to date but these activities are being intensified. We are aware that the need for healing and for reparation in its broader sense are great and we would be happy to join further local and national initiatives in this field wherever this may prove feasible.
Recognising the moral imperatives governing human affairs, men and women of goodwill can face up to the challenge of our time and make the caring society a reality.” So it was from that idea that the word Tikkun was used to start an initiative that would harness the energies of those committed to building a new South Africa. he Chief Rabbi said that the concept of Afrika Tikkun was twofold – ideological while at the same time ‘brutally practical’. He saw his role as co-chairman of Afrika Tikkun as “the inspirer to continue the efforts… to create new avenues of help and get more and more of our community involved”.
Chief Rabbi Cyril Harris
Afrika Tikkun and Mandela...
After a visit to a Tikkun project in Orange Farm in 1999, President Nelson Mandela said that he had “seen a miracle” and offered to become the Patron-in-Chief.
In the words of Nelson Mandela:
“Afrika Tikkun project’s demonstrates in a practical and sustainable manner what can be done with limited resources, great commitment and passion. The challenge to reach all the disadvantaged people of South Africa remains a paramount one. We need all the resources, both human and financial, to address these challenging tasks. It is my belief that Afrika Tikkun represents the best of what civil society can offer in partnership with Government’s considerable efforts. Afrika Tikkun has proven that it has the ability to reach sections of our disadvantaged population at grassroots level. It therefore provides both physical help, as well as giving hope and dignity to the recipients.”