Rhiza Babuyile is a Section 21, registered non-profit organisation registered with the Department of Social Development and a Section 18a/ Public Benefit Organisation with SARS.

Our motto describes our organisation well: “Developing Lives is our DNA!”

Rhiza Babuyile was founded in 2005 under the name Babuyile Community Development. Initially Rhiza Babuyile focused on skills and enterprise development for former inmates.

The name Rhiza is a Greek name which means “roots”; Babuyile is a Zulu name meaning “They have come back.” We are an organisation that up skills entrepreneurs and young people so that they can go back to their communities, employ other young people and sustain their communities.

We develop township communities through holistic community development which includes programmes related to healthcare, skills development, enterprise development and education.

Between 2013 and 2016 we’ve implemented projects in Alexandra, Fisantekraal, Diepsloot and Orange Farm. Our focus communities from 2016 onwards are Diepsloot and Orange Farm in Johannesburg, Thabong in Welkom and Fisantekraal in Cape Town.

Some of our signature projects are our Mobile Clinic and JOZi Business Hub in Diepsloot and our Fashion & Design skills development project in Orange Farm.

Our main aim is to eradicate extreme poverty, close the gap of inequality and develop historically disadvantaged people to become sustainable within 5-10 years.

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