The Western Cape is situated on the south-western tip of the African continent. In total the Western Cape includes an area of 129 386 km².
There are approximately 4.2 million people, living in the province, the majority of whom are Afrikaans-speaking. The other official languages are English and Xhosa.
The Western Cape makes the third-highest contribution to the country's GDP. With over 170 000 people employed in the clothing and textile industry, this sector is the single most significant industrial source of employment in the Western Cape. The official unemployment figure for the province, 18.4%, is substantially lower than that of most other parts of the country.
Information taken from South Africa Yearbook 2002/2003
The OLIVE LEAF Foundation in Cape Town started in 1999 with Ann Mabena. In the following year 3 Counsellors joined and they used a Shipping container as office in Site B, Khayelitsha. The sevices that were offered focussed on the support of HIV positive women in the community through Support Groups, PMTCT (Preventing Mother to Child Transmission) and income generation activities. Since then the Site and programmes have grown in leaps and bounds, employing 54 permanent Staff members and having just aquired it's second set of Offices in greater Khayelitsha. The different programmes have grown in stature, recognised as best practice interventions.
The success of the OLIVE LEAF Foundation in Cape Town, lies with it's dedicated staff and broad range of partners that include local and Provincial Government, Civil Society and Corporate entities.
Cape Town have several extensions to the already existing OLIVE LEAF Foundation programmes that are unique in it's approach and impact. In the Abalingani Gender Programme, Ubuntu Bamadoda has opened doors to sustainable employment for several Isichatamiya's (traditional Male Voice Choirs) and through their mentorship programme have become positive rolemodels to boys in the community. their music brings a social message against cross-gender and domestice violence as well as the spread of HIV/AIDS. The OLF Vendor Model was adapted in collaboration with USAID and Coca Cola - Peninsula Beverages to offer Vulnerable Youth the opportunity to start their own vending business. The model has proven successful and we are hoping to replicate it to other industries as well. Abangani is a Support Programme for teenage mothers who need to come to grips with preparing for a baby, possible HIV infection and PMTCT (Preventing Mother to Child Transmission).
Under the leadership of Joan Daries a strong focus will be placed on Voluntering and Internship opprotunites for international students and several US Universities such as Stanford, Denver and Connecticut have spent time in the Khayelitsha programmes.
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