Established in 1872, we’re the founding society of the SPCA movement in South Africa and the oldest animal welfare institution in the country. We’re a member of World Animal Protection and an Executive Member of the National Council of SPCAs South Africa.
Over the past 145 years, we’ve diligently carried out our mission to prevent cruelty to animals through education, law enforcement, veterinary care services (operating an Animal Hospital, Inspectorate and four Mobile Clinics serving impoverished communities) and running a Kennel, Cattery, Horse Care Unit, Wildlife Facility, Farmyard and Adoption Centre, which every year places hundreds of animals in loving and caring homes.
Our area of operation is vast and covers approximately 11,000 km².
For the past 60 years Die Burger-Kinderfonds has been enriching children’s lives through educational tours to Cape Town.
This non-profit organisation creates the opportunity for school learners to visit Cape Town and less fortunate children to enjoy a vacation by the sea while also getting a educational trip to Cape Town.
Each year, donations are collected in aid of this fund and used to maintain Die Burger-Strandhuis in Muizenberg to keep it fully operational. This beach house offers affordable accommodation to rural schools that visit Cape Town on study tours during school terms and learners from disadvantaged schools are subsidised. Each December this is also the meeting point for Die Burger’s youth leaders conference where the young leaders of our generation get shaped and learn more about leadership skills.
Die Burger was media partner to the FNB Cape Town 12 ONERUN for the first time in 2015 and each year’s generous donations will be used to help subsidise less fortunate children who will be visiting the house. This house has truly been a refuge to many and also the place where the foundation was laid for many of our current leaders and professionals.
The potential of millions of young children is lost due to our inability to provide families access to quality play-based early childhood education programmes. Cotlands exists to close the access gap by offering innovative programmes that promote play-based learning. Through direct service delivery as well as in partnership with other organisations, these include:
Toy libraries are cost-effective non-centre-based programme that provide educational games, toys and other resources to children, their families, early learning facilitators, home visitors, community workers and other organisations providing services to children.
Early learning playgroups (ELPGs):
ELPGs offer two, four-hour play session a week to children aged birth to 4 which are structured around a routine, creating learning and play opportunities that develop children’s language, mathematics, problem-solving, gross motor, fine motor as well as social and emotional skills.
Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centre and NPO capacity building
Cotlands shares best-practice principles with non-profit organisations and ECD centres to equip them to deliver quality early learning programmes, increasing access for children living in marginalised communities.