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42Ncumo Street Harare library Khayelitsha 7784 , Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Mobile phone
071 099 0593
Contact Person
Siyabonga Xhalabile 071 099 0593 or
Establishment year 2008
Employees 1-5
Registration code 098-396-NPO
Company manager Siyabonga Xhalabile



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Isiphiwo (Gift) meaning:

Isiphiwo is a Xhosa word for a gift. We are all blessed with gifts and individually talented in so many different ways, and that’s what treads successes.

Isiphiwo art entertainment was established in 2008 at Khayelitsha Isiphiwo, it was registered in 2012 on 07 February as a Non – profit Organization (NPO).
Reg. no 098-396-NPO

Khayelitsha is one of the biggest townships in Cape Town, most people moved to this area with the hope of securing employment around Cape Town. Unfortunately there is high unemployment rate and poverty in Khayelitsha.

Unemployment and lack of skills is a major challenge for the youth in the area. Most young people do not have opportunities to further studies after matric, which makes it difficult for them to secure employment. Youth are dropping out of school at early age due to family poverty or having to care for their siblings. This makes the rate of orphans and vulnerable children grow high every day.

The area is characterized by high crime rate, in most cases gangs attacking each other or the community. The gangs are formed by young people of Khayelitsha who are not motivated and have no role models to look up to.

To overcome these challenges Siyabonga Xhalabile came with a plan to address some of the above mentioned challenges.
As young man growing up in Khayelitsha, he has recognized what is needed by the youth and what could be done to get youth involved in creating in a comfortable environment, where they will learn art, life skills, get assistance with career guidance and have any opportunity to build their self esteem through their participation.

He created the Isiphiwo Art Entertainment which creates a platform for young people to learn about art, life skills and get assistance with career guidance.
IAE theatre that is made entirely by a community with no outside help, or to collaboration between community members and professional theatre artists, or to performance made entirely by professionals that is addressed to a particular community. Isiphiwo Art entertainment theatres range in size from small groups led by single individuals that perform in borrowed spaces to large permanent companies with well-equipped facilities of their own. IAE theatre is often devised and may draw on popular theatrical forms, such as Artscape and Baxter, as well as performance modes from commercial theatre. IAE theatre is understood to contribute to the social capital of a community, insofar as it develops the skills, community spirit, and artistic sensibilities of those who participate, whether as producers or audience-members.


To capacitate and empower youth through media art entertainment training and enhance their social functioning to be confident and be able to achieve their careers in the Khayelitsha township of Cape Town, South Africa.


At Isiphiwo we believe that most young people want to see themselves performing on theatre and on T.V. and being recognized around locally in South Africa and internationally.
Through empowering young people, some of the challenges can be reduced, eg substance abuse, crime etc.

Core values:

We believe that all children and youth have the right to be loved and cared for and to be developed physically, intellectually, emotionally, morally and socially.
We believe that our united efforts will significantly and positively impact on the future of our youth and afford them the opportunities to realize their potential, and in doing so to secure the future of our country.

Objectives of the organization are:

Capacitate youth with skills in art and media.
Assist in accelerating the development of arts and culture programmes.
Enhance the life skills of the youth through arts and culture programmes.
Bring arts and culture activities closer to our communities.
Enhance the self esteem of young people through empowerment.
Unite youth to collectively address challenges facing them in the area.
Commemorate youth month through arts and culture activities addressing challenges faced by the youth.
Ongoing session with youth in partnership with local artist to perform and share their skills with the youth. (Open Mic Session)

Activities of the organization are:

Drama (Learning theory and practical drama skills. Use drama to address day to
day challenges and success such as HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, crime etc).

Poetry (Educate through poetry by writing educational poems addressing day to day issues, challenges or successes. Most young people find it easier to express them through poetry, about what they have gone through in life).

Music (Young people write songs with different messages also addressing what they go through and their challenges. They are taught how to use musical instrument as an accompaniment to their music)

Dance (A healthy body creates a healthy mind, through this activity; young people express themselves through dance whether it’s traditional or modern. They are encouraged to be creative and also be able to express their feelings through dance)
Career guidance (Young people encouraged to study, especially those who still in school. They are educated about different career choices which will benefit them, the community and the country as a whole. They are encouraged to apply to institution s of higher learning on time and also learn about bursaries).

Open Mic Sessions (Local artists are invited are to perform for the youth throughout the year and share their skills with the youth). Tim has been set aside time for several Open Mic sessions at this year’s Cordless Mic Informatics Training Conference. The purpose of these sessions is to give trainees who are not giving formal presentations or posters a chance to talk about their research. It is also meant to be a networking opportunity, so trainees can find colleagues with common interests at other programs.
Here are the rules:
Each speaker has up to 4 minutes to speak, using up to 4 PPT slides.
The slides should be brought on a flash drive, so they can be preloaded or
Loaded quickly.
The focus of the presentation can be:
a. An idea in the formative stage,
b. Research that is underway,
c. Research just completed or
d. Late breaking findings.
The moderator will stop a speaker when the time is up and facilitate a brief Q&A session (one or two questions or comments). If there are too many submissions, there will be a random drawing. The two general theme areas are:
X1: Health Care and Public Health Informatics
X2: Translational Informatics and Clinical Research Informatics

All trainees who are planning to attend the training conference and not already giving presentations or posters can submit requests. Any who want to participate in Open Mic should send an email message to Siyabonga Xhalabile to subject line: Cordless Open Mic Session. The message should contain the following information:

1. Which theme area trainee wants?
2. Trainee name & organization
3. A title for trainee presentation
4. Stage a, b, c or d of research
5. An email address where trainee can be reached
Commemorate youth day in Khayelitsha by hosting an awareness campaign. Entertainment is provided to the attendees.

We do us work from:

Harare Library
42 Ncumo Street
071 099 0593

Who do we work with?

We work with young people from the age of 16 to 35. We have categorized our programmes as per age groups.

Age group Number
8 – 15 years 20
16-35 years 16


Director : Siyabonga Xhalabile
Deputy Director: Vacant

Secretary : Sibusiso Ntshelu.

Organiser : Sipho Xabadiya

Treasurer : Thembisa Kleinbooi


Ukhona Mlanndu
Letsika Resource Centre Manager
Telephone: 021 410 9952

Sikhula sonke early Childhood Development.
Mrs. mdebula
Cell Phone: 081 258 7359 or 072 626 0565

WYDC (Ward Youth Development Coucil)
Ms. Nwabisa (secretary)
Cell Phone no: 078 441 6965

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Ms. Krali
Cell Phone no: 072 749 6655

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Mr Mntwazi
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