Awards & Achievements
Zip Zap's bragging rights
2019 Judging the 8th New Generation Festival
Brent invited to be a judge at the 8th New Generation festival in Monte Carlo in Feb 2019
2017 President of the Jury
Laurence Estéve presided the jury at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain – Paris, France
2016/2017Cultural Affairs Awards
Winner of the National and International Contribution to Cultural Affairs award
2016Paul Harris Fellow Award
The Rotary Club of Claremont presented the award, in recognition of the number of underprivileged children and youth that have benefited from the circus school programmes over the years.
2014 Beyond Sports Awards
Zip Zap Khayelitsha Outreach division finalist for the Beyond Sports Award in the Sports for Health award
2013 Pan-African Awards
Winner of the Entrepreneurship in Education award
2012Knight of the National Order of Merit
Knight of the National Order of Merit – Laurence Estève from French government
PGWC – Brent van Rensburg for the promotion of the performing arts
Mayor’s Medal – Brent van Rensburg to Youth Affairs
2009China Wuqiao International
China Wuqiao International Circus Festival – Joka Boys
2008Small Business Finalist
Cape Talk Nedbank small business finalist
2008Men’s Health Awards
Best Man of the Year in Public Service awarded to Brent Van Rensburg
2007Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Joka Boys act received the Nikouline Award for best comedy act
2007Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain
Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain – Kagisho Mutlane swinging trapeze
2006Ideas that Matter
Winner of the SAPPI Ideas that Matter award
2005Proudly South African Bridge Builder of the Year Awards
Bridge Builder of the Year Finalist
2003International Circus Festival of Italy
Winner for ‘Best Presentation’ awarded to Kagisho Mutlane
2002Monte Carlo Circus Festival
SACEM prize awarded to Silijo
2002Veo Veo International Festival
Veo Veo International Festival, Spain – Holly & Becky Megaw 5th place with scarf
2001Business Day Award
Business Day Award – winner in Arts Education
Cirque Malter, Belgium – Simon, Lionel, Jose, Wandi
Circafrica, France – Simon, Lionel, Jose, Wandi
"We wanted to organize something different from standard company functions…Nothing better than supporting a beautiful initiative like the Zip Zap and offering at the same time a pure moment of joy for our employees, clients, friends and their families! THANK YOU VERY MUCH TO ALL THE ZIP ZAP TEAM!!!!"
“The Zip Zap Circus School is an amazing project that takes young children off the street, affords them the opportunity to develop skills and most importantly, provides them with a sense of purpose and hope for the future. This championing of children is critical to our ability to build a strong, productive, and united society. When I recently had the opportunity to meet some of the Zip Zap Circus School ’s young stars, I was immediately struck by their enthusiasm and excitement at being involved in what is a truly remarkable social enterprise that has a special role to play in the economy and community of our province.”
"I think what is being built will endure longer than just the next 16 years. They have created a wonderful legacy."
"We were blown away with the effort and skill of the youngsters!"
"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."
"In 2011, along with 30 Saltimbanco artists and employees, I had the privilege of visiting Zip Zap. It was a wonderful opportunity for us to experience firsthand the contagious joy, enthusiasm and hope shared by all those who come in contact with Zip Zap programs.
I am proud of the ten-year social circus partnership shared by Zip Zap and Cirque du Soleil. During those years, Cirque du Soleil had the wonderful opportunity to support the astonishing hard work accomplished by Zip Zap in the fight against HIV by empowering young people affected and giving them the chance to express themselves through social circus. Our work together is based on the common desire to give South African youth the tools to build a better tomorrow.
We at Cirque du Soleil salute Zip Zap’s remarkable social involvement and commitment to its community. Zip Zap is the living proof that actions speak louder than words and that sky is the limit when we all come together! May your activities continue to inspire!"
What Zip Zap Kids Have Said
“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 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 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.”
“Zip Zap not only teaches us circus skills, it also teaches us self-respect and how to respect other people."