STELLENBOSCH

WESTERN CAPE

Four hundred engineering students walk the streets of Klapmuts, Kayamandi and Jamestown – pursuing practical solutions for real-life challenges. Here is a place where yesterday and tomorrow meet.

The Stellenbosch region is one of South Africa’s most sought-after tourist destinations, known for its oak-lined streets, a wealth of history, beautiful architecture and rolling vineyards. Also home to the 150-year old Stellenbosch University, the town is fast emerging as a hub of knowledge and innovation where solutions are being sought to address both some of the most exciting opportunities and complex issues facing our country today. Amongst academia, business and communities, there is a growing move towards intentional network-building for the purpose of benefiting generations to come.

The Stellenbosch municipal area includes a rich variety of suburbs and settlements, including Jamestown, Klapmuts, Kayamandi, Idas Valley and Cloetesville – and extends all the way along the Dwarsrivier Valley (Kylemore and surrounds) to Franschhoek. We created this page to share the stories that span multiple areas within Stellenbosch, such as collaboration initiatives with NGOs and opportunities created for the university’s students to learn more about social impact within their respective fields.

Where tea, taste and tradition meet – the Mavusana story

Where tea, taste and tradition meet – the Mavusana story

Born and raised in Stellenbosch, Vusi Mokoena is the youngest of five children. In his community, Rooibos tea is not just a beverage; it is a beloved tradition passed down from generation to generation, from his grandmother to his mother, and now to Vusi.Vusi's...

Co-creating safer communities

Co-creating safer communities

A small group of unarmed women patrol the streets of a neighbourhood where the sound of gunshots rings out at night. A team gathers in the make-shift corrugated iron structure that is home to the ‘boardroom’ where they plan both safety and sports activities for their...

Standing with survivors

Standing with survivors

Victims of sensitive crimes are often left feeling helpless, isolated and vulnerable. In many cases, the process of reporting these crimes to the authorities can exacerbate these feelings, especially in environments that are not conducive to comfort and...

Telling the stories that matter

Telling the stories that matter

Have you ever been deeply impacted by a person’s life story? Do you agree that storytelling is powerful, especially when someone shares their own story?We believe that stories have the power to unite, build empathy, connect, inspire and encourage. From 25 to 29...

Cocreate Hub | Celebrating a year

Cocreate Hub | Celebrating a year

Sometimes words fall short. And today is such a day. Words fall short to even begin to describe the journey of the CoCreate Hub Stellenbosch - a journey to transform an old, disused municipal clinic into an inviting space where entrepreneurship is celebrated, local...

Every day a highlight

Every day a highlight

The salon space at the CoCreate Hub in Stellenbosch is warm and welcoming as I sit down to chat to Phelisa Bekwa of Phel’s Hair and Beauty. Hailing from King Williams Town in the Eastern Cape, Phelisa has called Kayamandi, Stellenbosch home for the past 10 years....