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CAP is a non-profit company that was started by Herman Smit and Ilze Olivier in 2011 when they received funding from Railton Foundation Netherlands to register the entity and get the structure in place. The main purpose of CAP is to give people in our community HOPE by training them in skills, placing them in jobs, addressing their values, mentoring them and building social cohesion amongst all developmental role-players.

We are active in the Western Cape, South Africa and operate on principles of tolerance with a zero acceptance for politics and racism. But rather unification and a consistent aim for sustainable impact and growth in the greater district.

CAP’s main office is located in SwellenMark, Swellendam, where you will find a team that has grown since 2011 to now include project managers, administration support, financial support and kitchen staff.

To help our community from surviving to thriving – in their hearts, in their heads and with their hands.

• Social cohesion building through community mobilisation (awareness, dialogue, participation and ownership)
• Skills development of relevant soft and technical skills that beneficiaries can apply in their own communities
• Job creation to create independence and self-reliance that will result in less pressure on the social systems and services in our community

Our Values
We live by…
• CAP Thinking
• Commitment & Passion
• Humility
• Gratitude & Appreciation
• And a Shameless Idealism

We do…
• CAP Acting
• Ethical
• Honoring every stakeholder
• Empowering people to change the world
• Getting the job done…period

Our Methodologies (take a look at for the diagrams that explain our methodologies)
1. Cohesion Building – Social Mobilisation
2. Skills Development – the Fishing School Philosophy

Our Community Development Beliefs
1. Meaningful and lasting community change always originates from within. Local residents in that community are the best experts on how to activate that change.
2. Community residents act responsibly when they care and support for what they create.
3. Building and nourishing relationships is at the core of building healthy and inclusive communities.
4. Communities have never been built by dwelling on their deficiencies, needs and problems. Communities respond creatively when the focus is on resources, capacities, strengths and aspirations.
5. The strength of the community is directly proportional to the level that the diversity of its residents desire, and are able to contribute their abilities and assets to the well-being of their community. Every single person has capacities, abilities, gifts and ideas, and living a good life depends on whether those capacities can be used, abilities expressed, gifts given and ideas shared.
6. In every community, something works. Instead of asking ―what‘s wrong, and how to fix it, ‖ ask ―what‘s worked and how do we get more of it? ‖It generates energy and creativity.
7. Creating positive change begins simply with conversation. It is the way human beings have always thought together and initiated action.
8. Having fun needs to be a high priority in all community-building efforts.
9. The central factor in sustainable change is local leadership and its continuous development and renewal.
10. The starting point for change is always mindset and positive attitudes.