January 1, 2005
January 1, 2009


An Excellent Intervention Tool for “youth-at-risk”

This programme was founded in 2009 as a partnership between the City of Cape Town and Zip Zap. We believe that “circus” is an excellent intervention tool for “youth-at-risk”. It provides a platform for the children, learning discipline and team work, through performing and working in a circus environment.

Since 2009 Zip Zap has targeted the most underprivileged kids in Cape Town, and now partners with the HCI Foundation and Golden Arrow to expose children and youth-at-risk from primary schools, high schools, ECD centers, NGOs, orphanages and children’s homes are to a workshop of circus techniques and acts. Participants experience a fun and creative circus skills training session, encouraging them to support one another, as well as inspiring interest and a willingness to learn about new skills. Age-appropriate activities are prepared in a way that is attractive to younger audiences as well as challenging enough for teenagers and older youths. The variety of circus and social skills presented to beneficiaries aim to enable participants to envision an alternative, more positive future and develop an expanded awareness about possible, different career opportunities and futures.


2018 Cirque du Soleil, HCI Foundation, Golden Arrow Bus Services, Laureus Sport for Good Trust SA

2017 HCI Foundation, GABS Golden Arrow Bus Services

2016 HCI Foundation, GABS Golden Arrow Bus Services TMT Services & Supplies, Gilbarco AFS e-fuel, BASA

2015 HCI Foundation & Golden Arrow Bus Services,Gilbarco AFS, MySchool, MyVillage, MyPlanet

2013 Kindermissionwerk, City of Cape Town