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Cape Flats Development Association

The Cape Flats Development Association (CAFDA) has served the disadvantaged on the Cape Flats for 71 years. Originally registered as a "Distress" organisation, the organisation was founded by Mary Attlee (sister of British Prime Minister, Clement Attlee) and others, to aid the community ravaged by floods, poverty and inequality.

Today, CAFDA is governed by members of its community and one of the key objectives is to educate, empower and uplift the communities we serve - and promote self-reliance through Community Development Programmes. 

These programmes include Electrical and Welding courses, Arts & Crafts training, Support Groups for Seniors & the Disabled, and a successful Dance School that has performed at the Cape Town Eisteddfod, Grahamstown Festival and Baxter Festival last year. 

Our Social Welfare Department, with a team of qualified Social Workers, helps more than 3 000 clients a year.  Relying on the generosity of donors and volunteers, the bookshops in Sea Point, Fish Hoek and Claremont, as well as a Merchandise Store in Grassy Park, are an integral part of CAFDA, providing sustainability to the organisation.