Swaneville: Lathitha Youth Centre

Updated on April 24, 2012

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Registered Name:  Lathitha Youth Centre                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NPO Number: 082 491

CBO Manager:  Mr. Thulani Mulenje

Contact Details: 073 566 3614, Email: latithacentre@yahoo.co.za, Fax:  0117658421

Chairperson: Doctor Nkosi

Facilities: Containers

Number of registered vulnerable children: 175

Location:  6153 cnr Kingfisher & Condor Street Rietvallei ext 5, Swaneville,  Mokgale City, 1753, Gauteng

Bank Details: Standard Bank 311 113 958 Branch 16641

Profile of area where CBO is located:

Swaneville is a small overpopulated township consisting of a mixture of RDP houses and the informal settlements. Swaneville is situated on the West of Johannesburg and the closest town is Krugersdorp and Randfontein. There are three (3) primary school and two (2) high schools within the community of Swaneville. This area also has other facilities such as community hall and a clinic. Swaneville has a number of child headed household and there is a need for social responsibilities from both government and private sector. Swaneville is faced by health challenges such as TB, STI, and the rate of HIV is high. There is regular transport which takes the community to all places of their destinations on their daily basis.  The formal name for Swaneville CBO is Lathitha Youth Care Centre as indicated above.

A brief history of how the CBO started:

The CBO was started and initiated by the previous ark manager Mr. Kabelo Tefo and the committee members Mr. Oscar Gumbi, Mr. Doctor Nkosi, Ms Kefilwe Mothibi in 2004. The above committee member heard about Noah on YFM (Regional Youth Radio Station) in an interview that Mr. Tshepo Moraka (Noah Operational manager) was interviewed. The committee consists of teachers which were concerned with the high number of orphans and neglected children in their school.

The CBO committee contacted Noah because they wanted to help the community especially the orphans and vulnerable children. Thuthuzekani Primary School principal Ms Yvonne Molevhetsi gave the Noah committee a classroom as a space to the OVC’S to use and shack as a kitchen in 2005. The Ark started with 100 kid and now is looking after more than 200 OVC’s. The CBO started as a satellite at the Community Hall where we had an office. In 2004 the following Basic services were offered, assisting OVC and guardians with social grants and birth certificates registration and helping guardians in acquiring identity documents.

The CBO then moved to the school on the 1 September 2005 where we started feeding the kids, providing them with a nutritional meals 5 times a week. The staff component consists of a CBO manager, a cook, 3 child activity co-coordinators, and we all started as volunteers.

Services offered:

The CBO services approximately 175 vulnerable children providing the following services:

  • Daily meals- ensuring that children receive at least one daily nutritious meal
  • Family home visits- to asses family living situations and provide support and referrals where needed
  • Psychosocial support- particularly for children dealing with death and loss and HIV/AIDS
  • Applications for social grants and birth certificates
    • Educational support and recreational activities (including arts and culture)


The CBO is challenged by a lack of electricity and as a result they can’t do admin work within the CBO. The CBO is understaffed and need atl east extra two(2) C.A.Cs.

Wish List

  • 1 X DVD Player.
  • 1 X 74 cm TV.
  • 1000 L water tank.
  • 1 x Music player.
  • 1 x set of   netball post.
  • 5 x Soccer /net balls
  • 1 x football post.
  • 3 x Air  conditioner
  • Jungle Jim
  • School uniform


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