Social Enterprises

In order to become less dependent on donor funding, SHAWCO Enterprises was set up in 2012. Income generated from these enterprise initiatives is invested into making our community interventions more sustainable.

Educational social enterprises

Academic Interventions Unit / Saturday School – The Saturday School aims to prepare learners from previously disadvantaged areas for matric and for higher education.

Academic Interventions Unit / SHAWCO SHINE – This is a fee-paying offering based on the Saturday School model. Any surplus income made from this programme is invested in the Saturday School.


Is your NPO, school, club, church group or business looking for transport services? SHAWCO has the solution!

Our fleet of well-maintained vehicles, used to transport our student volunteers from the University of Cape Town to our various education projects and health clinics in disadvantages communities, can also be rented at very competitive rates in and around the Cape Metropolitan.

The fleet consists of:
· 1 x 69-seater
· 1 x 32-seater
· 3 x 22-seaters
· 1 x 14-seater
· 2 x 7-seaters
· 1 x 3-ton goods truck

You are guaranteed to receive professional and friendly service, and you will be supporting the amazing work our health clinics and education projects deliver to the disadvantaged communities in which they serve.

SHAWCO Community Transport Services is insured with passenger liability and all our drivers have valid driver’s licenses and Public Drivers Permits (PDP). SHAWCO Community Transport Services offers short- and long-distance hiring options.

Cheryl Patel
Tel: 021 404 7709
Cell: 081 300 1057

Shift IT

Shift IT provides access to computer training and Internet in communities where technology infrastructure is limited, and facilitates training for SHAWCO learners, unemployed youth and community members.

SHAWCO Shift IT is a unit that equips residents, particularly children from communities in Cape Town, with computer education and training. This includes learners from SHAWCO’s existing learner programmes, students from local schools, NGOs with beneficiaries in need of training, local businesses that want to train their staff, and youth and adults who want to learn or improve their computer and IT skills. The SHAWCO Shift IT computer training services take place in the Kensington, Khayelitsha and Manenberg communities.

Isaac Maloh Hendricks
Cell: 081 727 2493

International Programme

This programme gives opportunities for service-learning to foreign students, generating income and offering services in SHAWCO Centres, clinics and projects during vacations when UCT students are not available. This is done in partnership with a growing number of universities globally.

Accommodation – SHAWCO owns a guest house conveniently situated near UCT which accommodates foreign students on the International Programme, and ultimately contributes to raising income through accommodation costs.