The Peace Centre is a non-profit organisation, a charity. NPO No 011-790, and PBO MA/002/01/21/05. This allows South African donations to be offset against tax. It operates under its own Constitution and with a volunteer Board elected annually.
The Peace Centre began life in 1987−apartheids darkest days−as a project of the Cape Town Quaker Community. It played a significant role in working toward a just, equitable and peaceful society. Since 2008, it has been an independent NGO operating from its Mowbray headquarters.
The Centre gradually reduced in size until by 2015 it only had a staff of 6, These were doing excellent work in schools but with only slight impact on the communities.
THE PEACE CENTRE IS NOW VERY DIFFERENT
After a funding crisis in 2016 the Board decided that the Peace Centre should re-invent itself and put sustained effort into communities most affected by violence, concentrating there on support and capacity building. In this the Centre should collaborate with other organisations and networks who are also working for peace and against corruption.
Salaried staff to be kept to a minimum and locally recruited. Specialist contractors or volunteers to be brought in as needed.
In April 2018 the Quaker Peace Centre opened an office in Khayelitsha (Cape Town’s biggest township, with a population of at least 500,000. The office is situated at 158, Ntlazane Rd in Ilitha Park. In 2018, the Peace Centre dropped ‘Quaker’ from its name.
WHAT WE DO
MEET THE TEAM
Chair Michael Williams Engineer, consultant
Vice chair Rommel Roberts Social development consultant
Treasurer John Gardner Medical Doctor
Secretary Melikaya Ntshingwa Head Marquette Uni internship program
Member Ghalib Galant Lawyer and development expert
Member Bill Sewell Organisational and Management expert
Member Jeremy Routledge Peace-worker, and NGO director
Director/Project Manager Carol Bower
Administrator Ongeziwe Badli
IT, Computer Support and Data Base Mathunzi Mentjies
Volunteer Xolisile Pani
The Peace Centre earns R180,00 a year from property rental but, apart from this, is dependent on payment-for-services and donations.
Charities Aid Foundation
Central England Quakers
Quaker Peace and Service Aotearoa NZ
Swiss Quakers Yearly Meeting
Quaker Hulpfonds Nederland
American Friends Service Committee
Catholic Church Berne