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What is Zikulise?                                              

Realising a dream sometimes needs a little help.

We offer unemployed people a hand up, not a hand out.


The Zikulise Community Upliftment Project's Skills Training Centre was set up in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal in 2004. The purpose of which was and is to offer skills training to unemployed individuals with the focus on community upliftment and job creation, thereby addressing joblessness and the resultant poverty. Zikulise is a registered non-profit company and sources funding for the various training initiatives it offers to the unemployed and unskilled.


Through our work particularly with the youth, Zikulise is playing an important part in empowering individuals. This is achieved by giving them a start, taking them from the circumstances wherein they find themselves and where they lack the necessary income generating skills, to a place where they are enabled to start their own journey as a skilled job seeker or entrepreneur. The ultimate goal is for them to create a self-sustaining existence for themselves.


Over 5,000 individuals have already come through Zikulise’s doors with thousands more waiting for the opportunity.


We would like you to consider financially partnering with Zikulise in helping to build a strong, viable, safe and happy South Africa where people are given opportunities to improve their lives and to realise their dreams.


What is on our wish list?

A regular monthly donation.
Sponsorship for the monthly skills training courses that are baking, sewing, ceramics, textile development, bead weaving, craft making, hair braiding, business and computer skills.
Once-off donations.
Grant funding.


Donating is easy. Click on the "Make a Donation" image for local donations and for overseas contributors click on the ''Donate" button that will take you to PayPal. Both are on the right side of the Homepage, under "Success Stories".


My name is Julie Jonson and I am the Executive Director of the Zikulise Community Upliftment Project NPC. My mobile number is 0835067599 and email address


At Zikulise we are passionate about changing the lives of unemployed people and hope you will consider coming on board with our initiative. I would love to chat to you about this so I look forward to hearing from you soon.


Julie Jonson

2 January 2017








The Starfish Story adapted from The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley (1907 - 1977)

Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

One day, as he was walking along the shore he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, so he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer he noticed that the figure was that of a young man and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out, "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?"

The young man paused, looked up and replied, "Throwing starfish into the ocean." "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!"

As if he hadn't heard the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he turned, smiled and said, "It made a difference to that one".


Written by Zikulise

Zikulise Community Upliftment Project has a proven record over twelve years in changing lives as it is the catalyst between a life without hope and you, who can give hope to a person's life. By financially sponsoring an individual or many individuals to participate in baking, sewing, traditional beading, ceramics, textile art, hair braiding, computer and business skills training courses at Zikulise people are aided in becoming self-employed or in some instances more employable. The ultimate goal is for them to create a self-sustaining existence for themselves.