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Southern Africa Youth Project is a regional Youth Development Institution that strives to empower communities through enabling them to access Technology, Education, Health and Employment. Southern Africa Youth Project is a registered Non-Profit Organisation with its headquatered based in Johannesburg, South Africa

Southern Africa Youth Project is providing youth development activities and projects throughout the Southern Africa Region. Southern Africa youth Project works in its own sites and local implementing partners through a network of partnerships, consortium providing wide range of services based on the needs ofand challenges of each community. 

Southern Africa Youth Project believes that  local people are the only people who can address their own challenges and problems. 

Southern Africa Youth projects adopts a multi-faceted community development approach where in its implementation of work and services. it engages communities where the services are provided from strategic planning, implementation to monitoring and evaluation as a whole.

Southern Africa Youth Project has implemented a structured set of policies and systems that governs all its operations. this is from quality management, programme implementation, finance, human resources, marketing, communications, administration and governance 

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We revised the Poverty2Jobs where the programs were structured to enable girls to use technology for their advancement. Where our focus is on providing educational support for the girl child, capacity building for the unemployed youth and linking unemployed youth to jobs and opportunities. Southern Africa Youth Project rebranded as an international organization. Where our operations are to be in South Africa and beyond borders

Atok branch (Sekhukhune, Limpopo, South Africa) was adopted and changed to Southern Africa Youth Project

Diepsloot Youth Project was changed to Southern Africa Youth Project focusing more on poverty to jobs model offering advice, referral services, computer training, beadworks, crafts, carpentry training. Southern Africa Youth Project was registered as a Non Profit company

Daveyton branch (Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa) was established

Diepsloot Youth Project changed its logo from the drums to using hands and now it was focusing more on crafts, drama, dance, computer training, and sewing

DIepsloot Youth Arts Culture Project was changed to Diepsloot Youth Projects focused more on crafts, drama, dance, computer training

2008: Neftaly Malatjie passed Grade 12 and could not further his studies. However, he obtained a photography, journalism and computer training course through a local non-profit organization. He then went to an organization called SANCA. where he saw an empty space that was not utilized. Neftaly requested SANCA if they can give him space. Sanca was so excited that they also offered Neftaly Malatjie R1 000 or $82 per month. Neftaly Malatjie used this income to support DIepsloot Youth Project now known as Southern Africa Youth Project. Out of the income, he got he established things such as beadwork, craft, pottery and could support the afternoon care program. This means that Neftaly Malatjie used his savings to support the organization.

2007: Neftaly Malatjie at 16 years had passed to Grade 12 where he had to focus more on obtaining better marks. That did not stop him from continuing with the group. The group continued performing at Rabasotho Combined School. The group now changed members who were between 18 and 23 years at that time. Neftaly Malatjie enjoyed their attention where they obeyed his leadership. However, some school learners mocked him for keeping these girls busy at the school.

Rabasotho Combined School

2006: The group grew from 10 members to 60 members and Neftaly had to add other young volunteers to serve as the administration

  • Founded by Neftaly Malatjie at the age of 14 Years
  • Founded as Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Project
  • Worked with 10 Girls and Boys between ages 10 – 16 Years
  • Founded during School Holidays
  • Operating at Sanca Diepsloot