Zip Zap is a social circus in Cape Town that uses the medium of circus arts, as a powerful tool for youth development and social transformation. Working with a
diverse community of children from all backgrounds, Zip Zap helps kids to ‘dare to dream’ and learn to make those dreams a reality.

Our mission is to provide ordinary children and youth at risk with the resources to develop both performance and life skills that enable them to develop as young
leaders, good citizens, ambassadors for South Africa and to make them eminently employable.

Founded in 1992, Zip Zap is recognized across Governments, Ministries of Education, Tourism, Arts & Culture and private societies, as a major contributor to the development within the iconic ‘Mother City’ and providing sustainability of the circus arts in South Africa.

How long has your Organisation been operational? 

27 years (since 1992)

Is your Organisation a registered entity? If so, please list your registration details below for eg: NPO Number, PBO Number, NPC Number etc 

Non-profit Organisation 037-198-NPO with tax exemption

PBO 930028436

Do you have a Wish List? If so, please post it below:

– Circus Equipment
– Prizes for raffles
– Discount vouchers
– Performers Tracksuits
– SponsoredCycling Shirts

Where can we find your Organisation online? Please list links to your Website and Social Media Platforms here:


Social media

Which Cause achievement are you most proud of? Feel free to elaborate on why and include any links:

Ubuntu Outreach Programme
The Ubuntu Project was established in 2012, in partnership with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF – Doctors Without Borders) as a means of providing an innovative and alternative patient support programme, catering for children living with HIV and who receive anti-retroviral treatment at a clinic in Khayelitsha. The Ubuntu programme is provided once per week (on Wednesday mornings) and intends to deliver activities that create a fun environment as a base for children to play and learn like other, healthy children; to include trained and friendly instructors; to create a sense of belonging, to show that there is support available; and to deliver a positive experience that children will associate with visiting the clinic – increasing their willingness to attend clinic appointments and thereby improving treatment adherence. The presence and availability of Zip Zap’s programme activities is also meant to provide a helpful support service/ relief for parents and caregivers.

The Zip Zap programmes impact an average of 2000 beneficiaries every year yielding the following outcomes:
– Health and fitness benefits
– Improved social skills, behaviour and confidence
– Improved resilience & discipline
– Increased sense of belonging
– Skills development in full ambit of performance arts
– Social cohesion across diversity
– Professional employment

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