Each year, the world celebrates International Day of Charity on 5 September – a day where those who are fortunate enough to have their cups overflow can give back to those who are less fortunate.

We have compiled a list of charity organisations that require donations and volunteers to stay afloat, who strive every day to make a difference in the lives of others.

Cape Mental Health

Out of every thousand people living in the Western Cape, 25 have an IQ between 50 and 70, while approximately 17% of South Africa’s general populace suffers from a form of mental illness.

Cape Mental health is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve the lives of thousands of people who live with mental disabilities within the Western Cape. They mainly focus on the prevention of rejection, isolation, and abuse of those who suffer from mental illness or disabilities. They put love and care into these individual’s daily lives to help them reach their potential and flourish.

Address: 22 Ivy Street, Observatory, 7925

Contact: Tel: +27 21 447 9040
Fax: +27 21 448 8475

Email: [email protected]


Animal Welfare Society (AWS)

The Animal Welfare Society of South Africa offers a full range of veterinary services from its Phillipi clinic, and does so under its own operating capacity. This non-profit organization does not receive any government funding and focuses on treating ill animals as well as rehoming abandoned animals.

AWS accepts both donations in kindness such as food for animals, as well as cash donations, as this is what it relies on to keep its organization going. It also runs a charity shop to generate income.

To make cash donation, you can click here.

Address: Papkuilsvleiweg, Philippi, Cape Town, 7750

Contact: 0216922626

Email: [email protected]


Saartjie Bartman Centre for Women & Children (SBCWC)

SBCWC is a one-stop centre that cares for women and children who have survived abuse. It provides survivors with safe accommodation, legal advice, childcare services and also conducts research into gender-based violence.

You can donate to this organisation by volunteering, or making a cash donation here.

Address: Klipfontein Road, Manenberg 7764

Contact: Tel: +27 21 633 5287
Fax: +27 21 637 3487

Email: [email protected]


National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI)

The National Sea Rescue Institute is a voluntary non-profit organization that operates across the country to saves lives through preventing drowning.

The NSRI operate several coastal stations, has stations at several dams, and also offers water education to prevent young children from drowning. It conducts many expensive rescues, which requires a big operating budget.

You can sign up to be a volunteer here, or make a cash donation here.

Address: 1 Glengariff Road, Three Anchor Bay, Cape Town, 8005

Contact: Tel: 021 434 4011

Fax: 021 4341661

Email: [email protected]


Souper Troopers

This non-profit organisation aims to do good in the lives of Cape Town’s most marginalised individuals – the homeless. Souper Troopers hosts monthly ‘social’ events and provide the city’s homeless with food, showers, and haircuts.

These meetings are more than just a means to nourish their hunger. Whilst the needs of the homeless are met through food and clothing, the group also takes time to nourish their souls and inspire some hope for change in their lives.

You can make cash donations to Souper Troopers’ BackABuddy account by clicking here.

Address: Check out their Facebook page for the next social gathering.

Email: [email protected]


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Article written by

Lucinda Dordley

Lucinda is a hard news writer who occasionally dabbles in lifestyle writing, and recent journalism graduate. She is a proud intersectional feminist, and is passionate about actively creating a world which is free of discrimination and inequality.