Awards & Achievements

Zip Zap's bragging rights
  • 2020Standard Bank Ovation National Arts Festival Fringe

    Once Upon A Circus performance Winner of Bronze award

    Journey Beyond performance winner of Blue award

  • 2020Arts and Culture Trust’s ImpACT Awards.

    Phelelani Ndakrokra finalist
  • 2019AWIEF (Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum)

    Laurence finalist for the Social Entrepreneur AWIEF award

  • 2019 Monte Carlo 8th New Generation Festival

    Brent invited to be a judge

  • 2017 Impumelelo Distell Platinum Award

    Awarded to Dare to Dream for Best Youth development Programme
  • 2017 Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain

    Laurence presided the jury at the Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain – Paris, France

  • 2017/2016Western Cape Government Cultural Affairs Awards

    National and International Contribution to Cultural Affairs award winner

  • 2016Paul Harris Fellowship Award from The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

    Awarded to Brent and Laurence in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world.

  • 2015South Africa’s Premier Black Business BBQ Awards

    Laurence Second Runner-up of Emperors Palace Community Builder of the Year.

  • 2014 Beyond Sport, Sport for Social Inclusion Award

    Khayelitsha Outreach Division (Ubuntu & Ibhongolwethu groups) winner of the HEALTH category

  • 2013The Saville Foundation Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education

    In recognition of their exceptional work in entrepreneurial and innovative education

  • 2012: French Republic Chevalier dans l’Ordre National du Mérite / Knight of the National Order of Merit

    Awarded to Laurence in honors of the services rendered to France through the work of Zip Zap.

  • 2012Western Cape Government: Cultural Affairs and Sport Awards

    Awarded to Zip Zap for its contribution towards the promotion of the Performing Arts in the Western Cape in the Drama category. 

  • 2011Mayor’s Medal

    In recognition of meritorious community service involving a high degree of dedication and sacrifice, which is of lasting benefit to the residents of Cape Town, awarded to Brent in the category, Youth Affairs.

  • 2009China Wuqiao International

    Awarded to the Joka Boys at the 12th annual China Wuqiao International Circus Festival, winning the "Special Prize" award.

  • 2008Cape Talk Nedbank "Small Business" award

    Finalist from 3’549 entries of the finest small businesses in Cape Town with high standard of customer service across the City.

  • 2008Men's Health Award: Men of the Year in "Public Service

    Awarded to Brent in highlighting the positive change an individual can bring to his community and the inspiration which this one man can offer to the many South Africans who aspire to achieve success in their field of study and expertise.”

  • 2007Moscow Cirque Nikouline Trophy

    Awarded to the JOKA BOYS at 28th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, Paris, France for Best Comedy Act.

  • 2007Special Prize

    awarded to Kagisho Arnold Mutlane at 28th Festival Mondial du Cirque de Demain, Paris, France for his swinging trapeze performance of Jingayo.

  • 20062006 SAPPI Ideas That Matters Winner

    Bursary awarded to the winners to develop a promotional book for Zip Zap capital campaign for a permanent home. SAPPI believes that the creative ideas of designers can have an impact beyond the aesthetic and that those ideas can be a powerful force for social good.

  • 2005Proudly South Africa Homegrown Award in "Bridge Builder"

    Zip Zap finalist over 193 submissions

  • 20035th International Circus Festival, Latina, Italy winner for "Best Presentation"

    Awarded to Kagisho Mutlane for his swinging trapeze performance.

  • 200226th International Circus Festival, Monte Carlo winner of the SACEM prize

    Awarded to Silijo for the best "Music Composition"

  • 2002Premios Veo Veo International Festival , Alicante, Spain 5th place

    Awarded to Holly & Becky Megaw for their aerial performance on a scarf in front of over 3’000 candidates

  • 2001Winner of Business Day BASA Award

    Awarded to Old Mutual Properties as Zip Zap’s sponsor for best sponsorship of Arts Education

  • 2001Cirque Malter in Belgium

    Awarded to Zip Zap’s first professional troupe: Simon Lionel Jose Wandi

  • 2001Circafrica, Paris, France

    Awarded to Zip Zap’s first professional troupe: Simon Lionel Jose Wandi


  • Benoît Buron

    "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!!!!"

    Benoît Buron
    AMT SA (Pty) Ltd
  • Alan Winde

    “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.”

    Alan Winde
    Minister of Finance, Economic Development and Tourism of the Western Cape Government
  • Ian Watt

    "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 of Old Mutual Properties
  • Jacques Maritz

    "We were blown away with the effort and skill of the youngsters!"

    Jacques Maritz
    Media Spokesperson, Office of the Deputy Mayor of the City of Cape Town
  • David Kramer

    "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
    Singer, Songwriter, Playwright and Director, Spectator of “Once Upon A Circus”
  • Daniel Lamarre

    "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!"

    Daniel Lamarre
    President and CEO of Cirque du Soleil

What Zip Zap Kids Have Said

  •  Zip Zap Kids

    “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 Kids
  •  Zip Zap Kids

    “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 Kids
  •  Zip Zap Kids

    “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 Kids
  •  Zip Zap Kids

    “Zip Zap not only teaches us circus skills, it also teaches us self-respect and how to respect other people."

    Zip Zap Kids