WHERE WE WORK
Vrygrond is a vibrant and multi-cultural community situated in the Cape Flats of Cape Town, South Africa.
One of the oldest informal settlements in the Cape, Vrygrond was originally a fishermen’s village. Today, Vrygrond is home to a diverse but impoverished community from across the Cape, South Africa and the African continent.
With over 45,000 people living in this one square kilometre of land, the community faces a number of challenges such as gang activity, unemployment and extreme poverty.
MEET THE TRIBE
Our work in the Vrygrond Community wouldn’t be possible without our dedicated team, the Sozo Tribe with over 70 members. Over 75% of our staff are from the local community. We are passionate about raising role models from within the community.
At Sozo, we are passionate about Sustainable Development and adhere to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are an urgent call for action that recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
WITH OVER 45,000 PEOPLE LIVING IN THIS ONE SQUARE KILOMETRE OF LAND, THE COMMUNITY FACES A NUMBER OF CHALLENGES.
CRIME & VIOLENCE
DRUG & VIOLENCE ABUSE
Why you should partner with us:
MORE REASONS TO PARTNER WITH US
As an organisation, we are continuously striving for innovative thinking in our systems, resulting in Simpler, Smoother, Smarter processes to maximize capacity with excellent efficiency.
People Plus: Within the past two 2 years, The Sozo Foundation has seen its staff complement almost doubled in numbers. Using an external outdated payroll and human resource management system would not be sustainable. People Plus employee management is a reliable cloud-based human resource and payroll software. This software allows for accurate record-keeping on all our employees, saving time and human capacity.
Labourwise: Labourwise is a unique labour relations advisory service for small, medium-sized and larger businesses to make labour legislation user-friendly, understandable, practical, affordable and accessible. Having partnered with Labourwise, we are able to keep all human resource and labour-related matters in line with updated mandatory labour regulations.
Xero Accounting Software is a worldwide, highly-recognized, cloud-based accounting software that we have incorporated as part of improving our systems. Having implemented this simple yet advanced accounting system, we are able to track financial transactions with ease making for better reporting to all our donors and funders and in-house finance accountability.
Salesforce: We have been developing our Fundraising Systems through Salesforce as our Customer Relationship Manager (CRM) tool for Monitoring and Evaluation.
Meet the Sozo Founders:
Anton and Elana Cuyler are proudly South African and have a passion to see the next generation rise to fulfil their destinies. This passion and calling is what brought them back to South Africa, from the United Kingdom and they are both fully invested in the vision of the organisation. Anton oversees the organisation as the CEO and Elana oversees the wellness of our staff and our student wellness(mental health) team as Chief Wellness Officer. They have beautiful twins; boy and girl who both love hanging out at Sozo; especially in the baking school…