Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

Legacy’s quest is to be in touch with God’s heart for the context of the day. Our mission is to bring God’s love, hope, mercy and justice to Stellenbosch, with a special focus on Kayamandi. We follow an approach that is based on the holistic development of our beneficiaries.


Therefore we focus on:

  • A journey towards employability
  • Spiritual wellness  (based on Christianity)
  • Emotional, psychosocial  and basic needs
  •  Health and physical exercise
  • The building of relationships and networks
  •  Sound financial practices
  • Well managed staff and volunteers

We run the following programmes:





During the afternoons, the Legacy Centre is transformed into an afterschool centre for more than 180 learners between Grade 1 and 12. The Khulani Kayamandi afterschool programme is based on the premise that the building of an accountable generation, that will take responsibility for their own future, is the best way to bring real change and hope to the community. 


Khulani is an isiXhosa word that means ‘to grow and prosper’. The programme started out with a small group of kids who came together to sing and dance, but soon started to address the children’s real needs.  Currently we work towards real transformation through a focus on sport, health, numeracy, literacy and homework in a loving and caring environment.  Khulani has space for 160 learners from Grade 1 to Grade 12.  The programme is executed by eleven young adults from Kayamandi (the Khulani Team) as well as volunteers.  

once upon a time in kayamandi

A short playful video that was produced in 2008 by A Blind Spot Productions in the beginning of the Khulani Kayamandi programme.  The programme has since doubled in numbers and effort.  Thank you to all our sponsors for making this possible.

Khulani Kayamandi consists of the following groups:


The main aim with this group (gr1-2) is to make sure that their foundation is well established in terms of their perceptual development, gross and fine motor skills, numeracy and literacy. 

Their programme consists of:

  • Healthnutz – a gross motor programme (via the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation).
  • Fine motor skills (under the guidance of the fourth year Occupational students of the Stellenbosch University).

  • Reading Eggs – literacy programme (via the Click Foundation).

  • Numeracy, Bible stories, fantasy play and Xhosa stories.

  • Afrikaans literacy for the kids who attend schools where Afrikaans is one of their subjects (via the Vriende van Afrikaans)

  • Mentor groups with a focus on building relationships and the formation of a peer group.

  • Culture on Fridays – singing, dancing and drama.


The main aim with this group is to focus on the mastering of their school work and to make sure that they are well established with their peers.

Their programme consists of:

  • Sport in the Legacy Hall and on the Saracens Field of Dreams.
  • Khulani Clever Kids that focusses on literacy, computer literacy and the world of work in a fun way (thanks to Freely Give).

  • Health programme (via Health Promotiers SA)

  • Maths on computers (via Green Shoots)

  • Space to do homework.

  • Mentor groups with a focus on building relationships and the formation of a peer group.

  • Culture on Fridays – singing, dancing, drama and guitar lessons.


Apart from a focus on school work, special attention is given to teenage related issues.  Once a learner is part of this group better discipline and behaviour is expected.

Their programme consists of:

  • Career development. (via CareerPrep)

  • Creativity

  • Emotional Intelligence

  • Health information with a special focus on HIV/Aids, TB, substance abuse and sexuality.

  • Sport with a focus on life skills, teamwork and sportsmanship.

  • Voluntary homework

  • Teenage club on Fridays


This is a leadership programme for a selected small group of Grade 11 learners, who came through the Khulani ranks.  

Their programme consists of:

  • “Paying it back” – assist 2 periods per week in the Grade 2 – 6 classes. This provides Khulani with extra capacity.
  • Being mentored by members if the Khulani Team.

  • A special focus on school work. They have a study room, computers and support from Stellenbosch University students.

  • Help with career development.

  • They are exposed to a world outside Kayamandi through a camp and outings.


This programme is designed to help grade 12 learners to know where they were, where they are and where they want to go.  A special focus is placed on career guidance and after school homework support.  It also extends to support this group after their matric year.

Their programme consists of:

  • Help with career development from a professional Educational Psychologist, Amanda van der Vyver - www.careerprep.co.za

  • A special focus on school work. They have a study room, computers and support from Stellenbosch University students.  The study room will also give them the opportunity to study in quiet until 21:30 at night.

  • One on one conversations with specialists in various fields of study.

  • Exposure to student life through specific outings to different institutions.

  • A few fun team building outings throughout the year

  • Support with applications to colleges and universities.

  • Contact with the students to support them to make their tertiary experience as easy as possible.




When people suffer too much, they do not have the energy to help each other.
— Benaja, a refugee from Berundi

uVuyo means joy. Hope brings joy.

The programme aims to empower and train unemployed women in various handwork, crafting and life skills to become more socially and economically sustainable and independent.

As a result of the past few years of training and development the women at uVuyo are now producing unique handmade products of high quality. Some of these products have recently been selected to be sold at some of our top local markets. uVuyo operates from the Legacy Centre in Kayamandi and can be visited by appointment on Tuesday mornings.


Our products are made from the finest locally sourced material. 

Protea cushion cover

Goggie soft cotton toy

Shweshwe pot holder

Make up bag

Protea cushion cover

Shweshwe Piet Grobler cushion cover

Cotton baby beanie

Shweshwe hope cushion cover

Goggie soft cotton toy

Small purse





'Siseko' is a Xhosa word that means 'foundation'. 

The goal of the Siseko programme is to make sure that what happens at Legacy also have an impact outside the fences of the centre.  Legacy’s knowledge, skills, resources and access to networks are made available to the broader community.

This programme covers the following:

  • Once a week the Khulani Team reaches out to the community with the purpose to serve, but also to understand what the real challenges of the community are.
  • The staff members who are trained in the Healthnutz gross motor programme host a class for the Grade 1 and 2 kids of other organisations.
  • During the evenings the Legacy Hall is made available to Grade 12 learners and students to study.  This is called the Study Club.
  • During the mornings space at the Legacy Centre is also made available to other organisations.  Hospice, Department of Social Development, Lokxion Sport Foundation en VisionAfrika already make use of this opportunity.

Contact Tracey at tracey@legacykayamandi.org if you want to get involved





'Ikhaya Lempilo' is a Xhosa word that means 'house of wellness'.

The Ikhaya Lempilo programme started in 2008 when the need for a 24 hour facility for HIV/Aids patients was identified.  An eight bed house was built and for a period of five years a much needed service was delivered to the broader community. (watch this video and remember those days).  At the end of 2013 the world of HIV/Aids however changed to such an extent that it was decided to alter the programme and use the space to make a difference in terms of broader wellness, especially by addressing the root causes of HIV/Aids in a holistic manner. 

The registered nurse (Tracey Smith), who managed Ikhaya Lempilo since 2008, is now managing the wellness programme.  The knowledge, skill, equipment and Legacy’s access to a network of other organisations are made available to the community. A pastoral counsellor (Susan van der Spuy), who uses her skills (including play therapy) to the advantage of the staff and the children, is also a member of the ‘Wellness Team’.

This programme also focuses on the ‘Khulani Senior’ group, specifically during the "emotional intelligence" and "health" periods.