Timeline

We have made mistakes, won awards and made an impact. See the timeline below.

Southern Africa Youth Project is proud to share the timeline of our journey below.

I Neftaly Malatjie commissioned to documentation and sharing of these lessons learnt.

Remarkable events and success stories of all the years.

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2021

January 2021

  • Southern Africa Youth Project becomes 100% paperless in its Administration, Management and Financial Operations
  • SayPro Partners with We Fly Youth Development Organisation to empower the youth in Soweto.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project partners with We Fly Youth Development Organisation to implement Additional Skills Programmes for University of Johannesburg Students.
  • 2021 January: Southern Africa Youth Project becomes a Global Organisation operating its model in across 200 Communities.
  • 2021 January Southern Africa Youth Project launches a new Programme in Project Management, Reporting, Environmental Management.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project registers over 
  • Southern Africa Youth Project partners with Lioness Foundation as an implementing Partner. 
  • Southern Africa Youth Academy partners with New Castle Thembalethu Child and Youth Development Institution.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project appoint Phithela to be a writer on behalf of Southern Africa Youth Project and Academy.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project releases 2 040 Certificates for the youth who participated in our Programmes.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project signs an agreement to reach 20 000 youth in Skills Programmes with its implementing partners.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches its online Database Systems to manage its clients and beneficiaries.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project Academy partners with small businesses to sell our qualifications and courses.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches its Academy in the Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches more online Programmes.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project partners with organisations in the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa
  • Southern Africa Youth Project partners with non-profit organisations in the Western Cape in South Africa
  • Southern Africa Youth Project partners with non-profit organisations in Mpumalanga in South Africa
  • Southern Africa Youth Project partners with non-profit organisations in Limpopo.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project partners with non-profit organisations in North West in South Africa
  • Southern Africa Youth Project partners with non-profit organisations in Eastern Cape in South Africa
  • Southern Africa Youth Project partners with non-profit organisations in Free State in South Africa
  • Southern Africa Youth Project partners with non-profit organisations in Gauteng Province in South Africa
  • Our CEO Neftaly Malatjie has launched the Neftaly Malatjie Bursary to develop the youth in Cities, Townships and Rural Areas.
2020
  • Southern Africa Youth Project develops and empowers over 2 000 youth during Covid19 year 2019 – 2020
  • Mable Lesejane and Neftaly Malatjie visits Durban to identify the needs of the Youth and organisations in Kwa Zulu Natal.
  • 2020 December: Neftaly Malatjie and Mable Lesejane visits Kwa Ximba Village to learn about the Cultural Site and how it can be intergrated into Southern Africa Youth Arts.
  • 2020 December: Neftaly Malatjie, the CEO of Southern Africa Youth Project visits Kwa Zulu Natal townships and rural areas to launch the Southern Africa Youth Academy.
  • 2020 December: Southern Africa Youth Project enrolls over 1 000 youth in its Southern Africa Youth Academy.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project closes the ACTION TEHE Strategy which we reached 14 000 out of 20 000 target that was set due to Covid.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project wins the 2020 MTN Awards for Social Change MTN Trialogue South Africa.
  • Neftaly Malatjie steps down as Chairperson for Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Project.
  • Hakeem Phiri joins Southern Africa Youth Project as Ambassador for Southern Africa Youth Project. He will be an ambassador for Southern Africa Youth Project from 2021 when Clifford Legodi steps down as a Brand Ambassador in 2021 March. Hakeem will officially take his position on the 1st of April 2021
  • Clifford Legodi trains Hakeem Phiri as he prepares to step down as Ambassador on 31 March 2021.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches the CompTIA A+, Network + and Security+ and implements them in Tanzania.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project receives accreditation and Certification with CompTIA.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches the HIV/AIDS Programme in partnership with the Pepfar. The HIV/AIDS programme has been implemented with 1 000 girls and women in South Africa. The Programme has managed to reach over 250 Communities. Over 300 Community Leaders and Community Based Workers have participated in the Programme.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project trains over 14 000 youth in Skills Development.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches an Online Store in March 2020
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches the Southern Africa Youth Academy in August 2020.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches Southern Africa Youth Business in September 2020.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches Southern Africa Youth Jobs in October 2020 which will help the youth to access jobs, opportunities, learnerships and internships.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project hosts its Online Diepsloot Youth Dance Festival in partnership with the Gauteng Department of Arts and Culture to Capacitate Non-Profit Organisations in Gauteng.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project partners with the Gauteng Department of Arts and Culture to provide Capacity Building to non-profit organisations involved in Arts.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project provides training and support to organisations on Fundraising.
  • Advice and Referral: Clients visited branches to ask about the Skills to Succeed Program.
  • Advice and Referral: Clients visited our branches to enquire about Function in a Business Environment Programmes.
  • Advice and Referral: Clients visited our Center to enquire about Computer Training.
  • Advice and Referral: Clients visited to enquire about our Online Systems Programme
  • Advice and Referral: Clients visited to enquire about Systems Support Programme.
  • Clients visited to enquire about the Office Administration Programme.
  • Clients visited to enquire about the HIV/AIDS Course.
  • Bookkeeping Programme: They were briefed on the concept of expenditure , revenue , the break-even point , account reconciliation and disbursement .
  • Systems Support Programme: Clients completed their Formative and Summative Assessments.
  • Bookkeeping: Clients were trained on the Concepts of revenue and expenditure, the fixed costs, variables and disbursements.
  • Life Skills Programme: Southern Africa Youth Project  implemented the Life Skills Programme called Skills to Succeed which is empowering the youth on their careers, getting successful at work and finding employment.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project provided daily meals to beneficiaries who attended our Programmes.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project Provided skills to the youth to learn how to monitor, liaise with the Maintenance Providers under the Systems Support programme.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project provided skills to the youth on Bookkeeping’s double entry, contact concepts of expenditure, different types of expenditures and different types of incomes.
  • On Computer Training. Southern Africa Youth Project provided the youth with the skills to work with the Scrolling bars, command room control, taskbars, rulers and view buttons.
  • On Computer Training Southern Africa Youth Project provided Formative and Summative Assessments to the youth.
  • Introduction into Microsoft Office Work
  • The ribbons, quick access tool bars, back stage view.
  • Inserting and hiding the ruler
  • Trained the youth on the types of Financial Statements
  • Trained the youth on calculating markup and profit.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project conducted community Outreach to the youth in townships where we operate.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project enrolled new young people to participate in our programmes.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project explained to the community on its impact in the community.
  • Lekgotla la ME Committee handed over their Quarterly Report to the Chief Executive Officer Neftaly
  • Southern Africa Youth Project introduces an Online Academy to help the youth in Africa to access our Programmes.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project upgrades its Model Development Hub in Diepsloot.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project purchases new computers.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches the first Automated Online Academy where the youth can learn from where they are.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project commercializes its Programmes.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project automates its Policies for a wider reach by its partners and clients.
2019
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches Lekgotla la ME (Monitoring and Evaluation Committee) Nkhumeleni Ndou appointed as a chairperson, Tsakani Rikhotso (Deputy Chairperson), Rebecca Maapola (Secretary)
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches the Legal and Compliance Committee.
  • Peter Hitchcock former Secretary of Southern Africa Youth Project passes away.
  • 2019 November: Southern Africa Youth Project launches Lekgotla la ME Committee and Nkhumeleni Ndou is appointed as the Chairperson of the Committee.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project hosts its Eleventh Diepsloot Youth Dance Festival.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project 
  • Neftaly Malatjie gets renowned as the Top 100 Superbalist Award
2018
  • Southern Africa Youth Project implements the Hospitality Training for youth in Diepsloot in partnership with CathSETA
  • Southern Africa Youth Project implements the Hospitality Training for youth in Diepsloot in partnership with CathSETA
  • 2017 Gold Premier Service Excellence Award by Gauteng Department office of the Premier
  • 2018 NPO of the Year by Gauteng Department of Social Development
  • Mable Lesejane (Secretary) and Octivia Dibetso (Treasurer), Neftaly Malatjie is appointed Chairperson for Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Project.
  • Dennis McCarthy (Chairperson), Kobus Kleyn (Secretary), Ncazelo Mlilo (Deputy Chairperson), Pearl Nkosi (Member), Nicky Vernon (Treasurer) steps down Southern Africa Youth Project as Advisory Committee.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project hosts its Tenth Diepsloot Youth Dance Festival.
2017
  • Southern Africa Youth Project Accreditation with the MICT SETA expires on 22 September 2017.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project partners with Let God be You Foundation to launch the Southern Africa Youth Project – Tanzania
  • Southern Africa Youth Accreditation gets renewed with the MICT SETA.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project hosts its Ninth Diepsloot Youth Dance Festival in partnership with Arts and Culture Trust.
2016
  • 2016 Honorary Award by the Presidency South Africa
  • 2016 Drum Magazine Youth Entrepreneur
  • 2016 Finalist Young Independents
  • June Law (Treasurer) and Charlene Deacon (Chairperson) steps down from the board of Southern Africa Youth Project.
  • Dennis McCarthy (Chairperson), Kobus Kleyn (Secretary), Ncazelo Mlilo (Deputy Chairperson), Pearl Nkosi (Member), Nicky Vernon (Treasurer) joins Southern Africa Youth Project as Advisory Committee
  • Southern Africa Youth Project hosts its Eighth Diepsloot Youth Dance Festival.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project completes its Poverty to Jobs Strategy and launches the ACTION TEHE Strategy to empower 20 000 youth by 2020
  • Clifford Legodi starts his Ambassadorship for Southern Africa Youth Project he gets interviews with over 200 Media Channels
2015
  • 2015 Fellow Royal Commonwealth Society
  • 2015 Finalist the South African Top 10 Entrepreneurs
  • 2015 Winner Africa Growth, Innovation and
    Leadership by Frost & Sullivan Africa.
  • A final competition for the Ambassador between Diepsloot and Daveyton is held in Daveyton.
  •  Clifford Legodi gets appointed as an Ambassador for Southern Africa Youth Project to serve for 5 years.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project joins the Sexual Education on Violence.
  • Pearl Nkosi from Green Beetle Branding joins Southern Africa Youth Project as a Pro-Bono Social Media Manager.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project hosts its Seventh Diepsloot Youth Dance Festival.
2014
  • 2014 Fellow Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship
  • 2014 Nominee NSFT BHP Billiton Award
  • A competition is held for youth for an Ambassador.
  • An entrepreneurship education programme for 15 young people starts. Herbet Shungube, Clifford Legodi and Dikeledi Seshwene are noted as members of the Entrepreneurship Education.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project receives its 5 year accreditation from the MICT SETA in South Africa.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project hosts its Sixth Dance Festival.
  • Neftaly Malatjie signs the Southern Africa Youth Project Quality Assurance, Policy and Procedure Manual.
2013
  • 2013 Top 30 young people to look for
  • 2013 Southern Africa Youth Project CEO Neftaly Malatjie is appointed as one of the 12 Finalists of the  2013 Anzisha Prize
  • 2013 Southern Africa Youth Project Project CEO Neftaly Malatjie gets appointed the Fellow Anzisha Prize
  • Ulrike Schottler from Ulrike Coaching becomes Volunteers to become a Coach to Southern Africa Youth Project staff members.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project hosts its Fifth Diepsloot Youth Dance Festival.
2012
  • 2012 Nominee Google Zeitgeist
  • 2012 Fellow Fetola Legends
  • 2012 Winner Fetola Best in Sales
  • 2012 Fetola Best Newcomer
  • Southern Africa Youth Project hosts its Fourth Diepsloot Youth Dance Festival.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project launches its new site in Diepsloot.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project appoints its first Board Membership since registration.
2011
  • Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Project wins the 2011 Shoprite Community Network.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project hosts its third Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Festival
2010
  • Diepsloot Youth Arts and Cultures wins the 2010 Winner Shoprite Community Network
  • Southern Africa Youth Project hots its second Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Festival
2009
  • Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Project gets registered with the South African Department of Social Development as a Non-Profit Organisation.
  • Southern Africa Youth Project hosts its first Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Festival.
2008
  • In 2008 Neftaly Malatjie wanted to continue his vision to change the way that young people think about themselves and their families.
  • He then started to do research on how to formalise the institution Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Project.
  • The journey was quite tough for him as he was only 17 years and to have a formal institution in South Africa.
  • Neftaly Malatjie had to wait for 2009 when he is 18 years to register the organisation.
  • Neftaly Malatjie spent most of his time at home trying to figure out what can he do to ensure that the journey never stops.
  • Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Group is his baby, dream and the vision must go on as he anticipated.
  • Neftaly Malatjie heard about the MaAfrika Tikkun Computer, Journalism and Photography Programme.
  • He joined the programme and part of his journey was to document, take pictures of the community. 
  • Neftaly Malatjie had the rough task to take complex pictures. 
  • Which he did and he was rewarded with a Certificate.
  • Neftaly Malatjie met Mr. Joel Rameetse who was a caretaker at SANCA Central Rand in Diepsloot.
  • Mr Joel Rameetse informed Neftaly Malatjie about the Volunteering Programme at SANCA Central Rand and he advised Neftaly to submit his Curriculum Vitae (Resume) so that he can be part of the Volunteers.
  • Neftaly Malatjie wrote his CV from his old PC and went to the internet Cafe and He printed it.
  • When he submitted the Curriculum Vitae he met the then SANCA Central Rand Director who appointed Neftaly Malatjie to continue his dream.
  • Neftaly Malatjie continued his dream about Southern Africa Youth Project to change the Youth
2007
  • in 2007 Neftaly Malatjie was 16 years in Grade 12. 
  • He had to step away from the group in Akani to commit to his Grade 12 (A final high school grade in South Africa).
  • He now continued the journey of transformation and keeping the young people busy at Rabasotho Combined School in Diepsloot.
  • Here his members were between 18 and 23 years old whilst Neftaly Malatjie was only 16 years old.
  • Neftaly Malatjie learnt leadership from 2005 and 2006. He knew that these members were older than him.
  • We note clients such as Wages Khutjo Matlaila who were part of the group here.
  • They used to meet during school break at 11:00 – 12:00 because Neftaly Malatjie had to attend after school programme.
  • They never had the chance to perform outside the school due to schooling commitment and Neftaly Malatjie had to attend Saturday Schools. 
  • Neftaly’s commitment were too tight.
  • Neftaly passed his Grade 12 (Final High School Grade) and he could not return back to Rabasotho Combined School.
  • Those clients he had went to Grade 12 and could not continue with them anymore as they had to commit to their studies and complete their final grade.
2006
  • Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Project continued at Akani Diepsloot Foundation where they performed different artistic talents.
  • Group members were between 13 years and 16 years.
  • We also added other components such as Theatre, Poetry and Dance to the group.
  • The group grew from 60 members to 130 members in the year 2016.
  • We saw an improvement in the plays and performances that were showcased.
  • New roles emerged where Neftaly Malatjie offloaded the roles to other members such as script writer and entertainment manager.
  • We note clients such as Jonathan Selamolela and Gift Xander who was part of this group.
2005
  • Neftaly Malatjie founded the Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Project which was focusing on Arts and Culture majoring in Dance.
  • Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Project was founded on 26 June 2020.
  • This was during school holidays when Neftaly Malatjie was free from activities of the school.
  • Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Project performed at Akani Diepsloot Foundation and also participated at the Market Theatre Foundation showcasing its performances and work of art.
  • The group grew from 30 members to 60 members.
  • Neftaly became the Artistic Director of Diepsloot Youth Arts and Culture Project.

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