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Mental health is the nation's wealth

In South Africa – and many other countries across the globe – poverty, unemployment, limited access to health care and education, violence, and the breakdown of the family are just some of the challenges that can impact on mental health.

We applaud those institutions, companies and individuals who partner with us to keep our people mentally healthy ... giving them hope for the future and the skills necessary to lead happy, productive and fulfilling lives.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Sandra Ellis on +27 0 21 447 2416 or email

Contributors whose financial support, expertise, gifts-in-kind and voluntary services have helped us in the 2011/2012 financial year to develop the ability of our service users include:

State subsidies
The Department of Social Development and the Department of Health partially subsidise 12 of our programmes, and play a vital role in our organisation's sustainability.
Department of Social Development

The National Lotteries Commission (NLC)
Cape Mental Health has enjoyed a long partnership with the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), previously known as the National Lotteries Board (NLB). The NLC relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act guides the way in which NLC funding may be allocated. The intention of NLC funding is to make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLC contributes to South Africa’s development. Fountain House (South Africa) hosted its annual “Off the Wall” Art and Crafts Exhibition at St George’s Grammar School on 10 December 2015. On display was a variety of arts and crafts, drawing, paintings, jewellery and design that reflected the ability of mental health care service-users, as well as their journey on the path to health and wellness, emotional reparation, recovery and, ultimately, transformation. The success of this annual event can be ascribed to the talent of the artists and crafters, the passion of Fountain House staff for psychosocial rehabilitation and social inclusion of persons with psychiatric disability, the generosity of event participants, and the support of the National Lotteries Commission and other donors. The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) allocated R102 122 for the art exhibition and for the production of a Birthday Calendar celebrating Cape Mental Health’s Centenary in providing mental health services in the greater Cape Town area. (Visit our online shop to purchase a copy of the Centenary Birthday Calendar.)

The Community Chest of the Western Cape
As the largest benefactor of the Community Chest, we appreciate the sustainability funding, donations-in-kind allocation and the opportunity to participate in area forum meetings and conversation series. The Chest’s support is true to its vision of ‘Hope Restored.’
Community Chest

Australian Government

AusAid ensured that our MindMatters programme continued its work at Ocean Viewand Zeekoevlei Senior Secondary Schools.

The Atlantic Philanthropies Director/Employee Designated Gift Fund once again supported the Eagles Project in Mitchells Plain.

The Evangelical Lutheran Kirchen supported our Special Education and Care Centres. These funders deserve special mention for investing in our vulnerable children and youth.

The Health and Welfare SETA approved funding for 100 Learnerships over a 12-month period commencing in March 2012.
Health and Welfare SETA

PriceWaterhouseCoopers made a grant in support of Training Workshops Unlimited.
Cape Mental Health has enjoyed the support once again of the Momentum Fund and the FNB Fund Community Care Programme.
1st for women trust came on board as primary funder of the Sexual Abuse Victim Empowerment programme.
The Anglo American Chairman’s Fund had previously allocated funding for the Heideveld Centre capital project.
These CSI funds are managed by Tshikululu Social Investments, whose advisors and officers provide the benchmark for grant management in the industry.


Gifts in kind
We thank the following for their generous donations:

  • Amanzimtoti Upliftment Project
  • Cape Town Community Housing Company
  • The Clothing Guild
  • Distell
  • Flexitrade
  • Glaxo Smith Kline
  • H M Removals
  • Lewis Stores
  • Liberty Promenade
  • MGI Bass Gordon
  • Mobility Aids
  • Ocean View Senior Secondary School
  • O Grady’s
  • Operation Shoebox
  • Parmalat/Simonsberg
  • Peninsula Beverages
  • Personal Trust
  • Pretoria Portland Cement
  • Pinelands Presbyterian Church
  • Two Oceans Aquarium
  • Woolworths Kenilworth Centre
  • Zeekoeivlei Senior Secondary School

Family Trusts & Foundations
The following grants exceeding R10,000 were received from:

  • Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation
  • Anne Kreitzer Will Trust
  • Rolf-Stephan Nussbaum Foundation
  • Frank Robb Charitable Trust
  • Syringa Trust
  • Allan & Gill Gray Trust
  • Douglas Jooste Trust
  • C & E Harding Trust
  • Rawbone Trust
  • Schwarz Upliftment Trust
  • St Ola’s Trust
  • The Philip Schock Charitable & Foundation
  • Kurt & Joey Strauss Foundation
  • IQRAA Trust
  • T Berwitz Trust
  • Stella & Paul Loewenstein Trust
  • Ann Harris Trust
  • Lynette Croudace Trust
  • Clifford Harris Trust
  • J E T Lee Will Trust
  • T S Berwitz Will Trust

We are enormously grateful to all the trusts and foundations, trustees and administrators, who supported us so loyally and generously in 2010/2011.