From humble beginnings in 2003, Mamelani is a vibrant and well-established community development organisation. Our name is inspired by the isiXhosa phrase ‘masimamelaneni’ which means ‘we must listen to each other’ as we believe it is through listening deeply to each other that real transformation is possible.
We believe that building resilience, well-being, and a sense of community, are key factors in achieving transformation at both individual and community levels. We have therefore developed a set of practice principles to ensure that we achieve these objectives. Everything we do is informed by our practice principles; we work in ways that are: