"What a difference! Viva Zip Zap!! And Viva the - dare I say it - new South Africa that makes this sort of thing possible. We all need to be reminded that not all is doom and gloom - there are so many wonderful and energetic young people out there who make a difference, and who do it with enthusiasm and joy."
-Perry, Spectator, Zip Zap Avenue
"It was pure joy, and so much hope beyond the excellent performance!"
-Robyn Cohen, Executive Co-Director of HOKISA - Homes for kids in South Africa
"Thank you to all at ZIP ZAP for a truly amazing and inspiring show. We thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to another show!"
-Cathy, Spectator, Zip Zap Avenue
"I salute your vision and tenacity over the years. You believe in your dream and have overcome so many obstacles. You have continued where so many others would have thrown in the towel. Your new home is so impressive, but what you are doing for young people and for Cape Town and South Africa is what really knocks me out.
Take a bow, you deserve a long and standing ovation."
-David Kramer, Spectator, Once Upon A Circus
"We were blown away with the effort and skill of the youngsters!"
-Jacques Maritz, Media Spokesperson, Office of the Deputy Mayor, City of Cape Town
"I think what is being built will endure longer than just the next 16 years. They have created a wonderful legacy."
-Ian Watt, former Managing Director, Old Mutual Properties
“Zip Zap not only teaches us circus skills, it also teaches us self respect and how to respect other people."
“I never thought I could go to Jo'burg or Nelspruit, doing stuff I never thought of doing in my life. At school I wasn’t as good as I am now because I couldn’t interact. Now I am very good.”
“They keep me straight so that I don’t go with gangsters.”
“It helped my self confidence a lot. It keeps you fit. If I wasn’t at Zip Zap I wouldn’t be able to do half the stuff I can do now.”
“It’s taught me trust and confidence and teamwork. Zip Zap is my family.”
“Zip Zap for me personally is a home and Zip Zap has made a change in me. Therefore through Zip Zap I believe I can also make a change to the next generation. And all the youngsters that are at Zip Zap, to me they are my brothers and sisters, that’s why Zip Zap is a home for me.”
“Zip Zap gives me the chance to be the kid that the world is trying to stop me from being.”
“Zip Zap helped me a lot with not being afraid, it helped with my shyness. It has given me a dream to live for, a purpose for the future. It has given me friends and a bigger family.”
“Zip Zap has done a lot for me according to where I come from, and all the difficulties in life. I’m very proud that I’m in Zip Zap.”
“It’s nice that everyone is a family and we can trust each other.”