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Who will protect our children?

As South Africa marks National Child Protection Week from 25 to 31 May, where's the fanfare?

The last week in May marks the annual National Children Protection Week, an initiative introduced by Government in the late 1990s to draw attention to child abuse and children in crisis in South Africa. Yet while the country mobilises to protect the rhino, the penguins and the environment, little attention seems to be paid to this important week aimed at highlighting the protection of South African children. Let's change that - let's do something!
At Yenzani, we've come to understand that we face a challenge in raising awareness about the need for child protection. We don't want to compromise our children's dignity or safety by splashing their photos on marketing material. While showing a photo of a slaughtered de-horned rhino is an effective tactic in getting the public's attention, we won't do that. Instead, we hope that we will mobilise you to support child protection efforts by doing the opposite - sharing our stories of hope with you.

One of our children, Lungile*, arrived at Yenzani at six years old suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – the same syndrome that soldiers suffer after experiencing the horrors of war. With the specialised attention she has been given since coming to Yenzani, the difference in Lungile is nothing short of miraculous. She's in a special school where her specific needs can be met, and even her body language has changed dramatically. Her rigid body and stressed neck and face muscles are relaxing and this special little person is becoming a regular child with confidence and even a bit of swag.

This National Child Protection Week, help us to help more children like Lungile.

Click here to make a secure donation to Yenzani now!
Sanne Mirk, Yenzani Founder

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  • Uses less electricity
  • Faster heating times
  • Easier cleaning surface
  • Only heats metal cookware, not entire surface
  • Easy to pack away out of sight when not in use

Win one of two induction cookers worth R700 each!


To enter, simply make a donation of R100 of more to Yenzani before 25 June through our secure Given Gain portal.


For extra entries, like our Facebook page and / or follow us on Twitter (one entry for each).

Winners will be announced on 29 June.

This month's hero is long-time Yenzani supporter, Shirley Coetzee.

How did you get involved with Yenzani?
I read about Yenzani in a magazine. As my son was finishing school, I had more time available, so I  contacted them about helping out.
What inspired you to get involved with Yenzani?
I wanted to give something back to the community and I liked what I saw when I paid Yenzani a visit.
In what ways are you involved with Yenzani?
In the beginning I helped with the children, assisting with homework, taking them to the dentist, buying the clothes/uniforms they needed. Then when our houseparents got their driver’s licenses and they took this over, I joined the board as a director. I helped with the renovation of the house we bought and in any other way I was needed. I then moved to Durban, so now I now help with marketing. I'm still on the board, so I attend meetings whenever I can. I also donate monthly.
What are your hobbies and interests?
I enjoy reading, travelling and helping out wherever I can.
What makes you angry?
What inspires you?
Nature, my faith, my family and interacting with inspiring people.


Yenzani recently got a (beautiful) fresh lick of paint when DJ Rob Forbes and a group of volunteers joined us to repaint the house as part of Plascon's 15-year charity challenge. Thanks Rob and Plascon for making Yenzani look as bright on the outside as our kids are on the inside!
Some of our Yenzani kids model their gorgeous new fleece tops and beanies. Thank you so much to Rosemary Kirchmann and the ladies from St. Martin's in-the-veld who made the clothing especially for the children! It's going to come in handy in the chilly winter weather.
Well done to Jacob, Thabo and Thabang who placed in the top 10 finishers at the CMH Midrand Nissan Fun Run on 9 May! We're so proud of you. And a big thanks to CMH Midrand Nissan and Round Table for choosing Yenzani as the fun run charity partner. Take a look at the photos from fun run here.
There's exciting stuff on the go at Yenzani. We've got a new secure online donations portal that allows us to take credit card payments from anywhere in the world, and a mechanism for people to fundraise for us, whether they're running a marathon or donating their birthday to us. We're busy redesigning our website and we're getting active on social media. We look forward to sharing more with you soon... watch this space!
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Thank you so much for your recent support:

  • Rochelle Deva
  • Durapi Consulting
  • Barlow World Logistics
  • Brian Loftus
  • Bona Dea Centre – Justine Loewenthal
  • Kyalami Graphics 
  • ETG World
  • Plascon Paints
  • 5FM
  • Rob Forbes
  • Midrand Round Table
  • Yokogawa
  • Rosemary Kirchmann
  • Lucas and Brian
  • Mr & Mrs Watton
  • Lions International
  • Spar Carlswald
  • Wendy & Dinesh Naidoo
  • Helen and management of Edgars Menlyn
  • Joburg Theatre
A sincere thanks to our regular Yenzani Angels:
  • Paton Personnel
  • Monthly anonymous donors
  • Docufile
  • Shirley Coetzee
  • Gary & Michelle Bailey
  • Department of Social Development
  • Andre Pienaar
  • Paddington’s  Nursery School
  • Midrand Primary School
  • Midrand High School
  • Michael Coward
  • Gail Pedra – Wychwood Stables
  • Bev Shipley
  • Val de Clerck
  • Stephanie Moss Solutions
  • Atomic Gaming
  • Aces Casino Equipment
  • Afzal & Natalie Ismail
  • Eaton Truck Components
  • Rainy Dube
  • CommRisk
  • Vimala Ally
  • Donna Hollman
  • Our wonderful volunteers
  • XBC Document Centre
Thank you for your valuable support:
African Casino Equipment Suppliers (ACES) Atomic Gaming Commrisk Insurance Brokers Department of Social Development
Docufile Midrand Eaton Trucks Gary Bailey Speaks Lions Club Midrand
National Lottery Paddington's Educare Centre Paton Personnel Sandown Round Table
Stephanie Moss Solutions XBC Group of Companies  
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