About Us

The Peace Centre is a non-profit organisation, a charity. NPO No 011-790, and PBO 18/11/13/3083. This allows South African donations to be offset against tax. It operates under its own Constitution and with a volunteer Board elected annually.

HISTORY

Established by Cape Town Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) in 1987 as the Quaker Peace Centre, today we operate as The Peace Centre.  In the early headquarters in Mowbray, Cape Town.

This was very successful in the schools but the Centre staff could only cover a small fraction of the Western Cape schools and sadly the training did not spread out into the communities.

A strategic review decided that:

  • All work to be community focused
  • Paid full time staff to be kept to a minimum. Volunteers and contractors to be used as needed
  • Violence and its causes in individuals and communities to be addressed recognizing that lasting change in people (and communities) only comes from within
  • The Peace Centre to develop links with complementary organisations.

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

Board Members

Chairman                                                                     Ghalib Galant                       Lawyer and development expert

Deputy Chairman/Operations Manager         Rommel Roberts                 Social development consultant

Secretary                                                                     Michael Williams                 Engineer, consultant

Property Portfolio                                                    John Gardner                       Medical Doctor

Member                                                                        Melikaya Ntshingwa          Head Marquette Uni internship program   

Member                                                                        Bill Sewell                              Organisational and Management expert

Member                                                                        Jeremy Routledge              Peace-worker, and NGO director

Staff

Administrator/Project Manager                           Meagan Cloete

IT, Computer Support and Data Base               Dalton Bessick

Volunteer                                                                      Nozuko Mgwebi

FINANCIALS

The Peace Centre earns R180,00 a year from property rental but, apart from this, is dependent on payment-for-services and donations.

Current donors

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