Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Ground Patrol visits MAB WC

The KFM Ground Patrol paid a visit to MAB WC office today playing early Father Christmas. The team delivered boxes full of gifts for abused children. Although we were very happy to see the team, we realised that these gifts were going to be given to children who will be abused during a time when other people will celebrate. Thnx KFM and Ground Patrol for your support!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

AGM 2011

The MAB AGM 2011 was hosted on 6 Dec 2011 in Gauteng. There was a lot of tears and great joy when many of our sponsors received their Certificates of Recognition. After a drop of more than 200% of donor funding, we have still managed to achieve many great successes! We would like to thank all our adoptive churches, sponsors and volunteers for your support. Also a special word of thanks to Rooi Rose editor, Martie Pansegrouw, for many wise words! See you all again next year!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

16 Days of no Violence Against Women and Children

MAB is running 16 seven minute programs on the 16 Days of No Violence Against Women and Children on Radio Tygerberg. This is the largest community station with more than 500 000 listeners. Monique has done interviews with the police, the NPA, charities working in the field and the listeners will be informed on what to do when in an abuse relationship, where to go for help, where to report child abuse and much more. Thank you to Radio Tygerberg for sponsoring this airtime worth more than R100000.

Thank you Rays of Hope!

Thank you Rays of Hope (Rosebank Union Church) for the donation of R 50 000 towards our Adoption Project. This was raced by a small group of people who either cycled, organised or supported the annual Race of Hope. It was a pleasure partnering with such a great group of people!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Race of Hope sets off

The annual Race of Hope, organised by Rosebank Union Church, of which MAB is one of the beneficiaries has started yesterday. This year idols winner, Elvis Blue, will be cycling (and singing) for charity! MAB will be represented by Paul Van Eeden (husband of project manager, Lizel) and his team of SAPS officers). Good luck guys and enjoy the trip!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Parow Court Update

It has been two months since MAB undertook to assist creating a Child-Friendly Environment at Parow Court. This is a massive task, because the facility has several rooms, waiting areas and a kitchen that needs refurbishment.

We would like to thank the Tygerburger Newspaper for running several stories in this regards. We would also like to thank all the people who phoned, offered help and services and made donations.

Thank you especially to Harvey World Travel Manor for the R10 000 donation received from

We will keep you posted on the updates - for now we are still waiting for confirmation of a paint donation!

Thanx to Ronel De Jager and her team at the court for the fantastic work you are doing.

Pretoria Central gets a face lift!

Church Without Walls is making the Light shine very brightly in Pretoria Central where they recently upgraded the waiting area of the FCS unit. This area is used by the child and adult victims of rape and abuse.

All the walls were repainted and the old carpets were replaced with beautiful wooden flooring. Apart from this many extras like a TV and DVD machine etc were added.

We would like to thank Church Without Walls and all the volunteers for creating this beautiful environment that will hopefully help minimise the pain and trauma

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Beeld story 22 Aug

Milnerton Opening makes the paper

The sign at the door reads, “Children Welcome”. Behind this door is a comfortable room that is brightly decorated and child-friendly. But it’s a room children should never have to visit. It is a state-of-the-art, reporting facility at the Family Violence Child Protection and Sexual Offences Unit (FCS) at Milnerton police station that was created by the nonprofit organisation, Matla a Bana, to minimise the secondary abuse child victims suffer when reporting crime. The facility has an inviting waiting room, an assessment room with a bed, play area and toys that is linked to a monitoring room by a two-way mirror. It is also equipped with audiovisual recording apparatus.

It’s the fourth of its kind in the Western Cape with a fifth earmarked for Khayelitsha soon. Depending on available facilities at a police station, a room like this could cost between R60 000 and R150 000 to set up. Milnerton is one of 25 FCS units in the Western Cape and the aim is to eventually equip them all with rooms like these, but more sponsorship is needed. Claremont Rotary is their main sponsor, while Shellard Media sponsors the audiovisual equipment. Monique Strydom, founded Matla a Bana in 2002 to “create a voice against child abuse”. It is managed by the Callie and Monique Strydom Charity Trust, which was founded soon after she and her husband, Callie, survived a four month hostage ordeal at the hands of Abu Sayyaf rebels in Jolo, Philippines for four months in 2000.

She said August 27 marked 11 years of freedom for her, and recalled the impact the gang rape of two fellow female hostages had on them despite the rebels’ promise that they would never kill or rape the women, but rather use them as “instruments”. She equated the fear they were left with to the fear children face when abused by adults who were meant to protect them. Despite the challenges in prevention, she applauded the police for the work they did in combating child abuse crimes. She encouraged people to report these crimes and said they needed to establish more “faith and trust in children coming to SAPS.”

“We can work together as a community. This facility is purely for victims. Police investigate and make arrests. They are not here to look after the victim. That’s why we are here to do this. This facility will help get disclosure.” Provincial Police Commissioner Lieutenant General Arno Lamoer said crime reports were never easy to digest. Referring to a horrific case of violence in a home he said, “Thirty years and it still shocks me.” He called for communities to mobilise and take care of children with the same vigour with which they mobilised themselves against apartheid. He said all parents wanted freedom for their children, but that one of the biggest prisons could be the home where children grew up. He encouraged sponsors to come forward to invest in projects of this nature. “We can spend millions on wars but unless we invest in our children we will never survive. All great men were children once. We must give them an opportunity.”

Matla a Bana runs numerous soft skills training programmes for the police. They also train doctors to do expert forensic medical examinations and train and equip forensic social workers. Visit or call 021 913 9107 to find out more about their projects and if you want to offer sponsorships. Keep kids out of this room.

Pam Fourie (Tabletalk Newspaper)

Friday, August 5, 2011

Gauteng doctors trained

Congratulations to the group of doctors and FCS members who completed the Forensic Medical Examination and Expert Witnessing Course hosted by MAB in Gauteng in June. Thank you also to Dr Tromp Els, the NPA and Old Mutual Foundation for making this training possible.

Romans Pizzas Does It Again!

There is not stop to our favourite pizza people! Not only did the staff at Roman's Pizzas pack another 200 comfort packs during the last two months, they also phoned us with great news - a donation of more R 50 000 towards the Matla A Bana Projects!

Thanx Bonnie and all our Roman's shop owners for your continued support!

Making an early start on their Mandela Day community service project, RamsayMedia’s Johannesburg and Cape Town staff downed tools on Friday, 15 July to assemble 200 comfort packs for young rape victims. The brightly coloured packs were handed over at the end of the day to representatives of the SAPS Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offences Units and Matla a Bana.

RamsayMedia has adopted Matla a Bana as its annual Mandela Day initiative by packing and donating these packs for child-abuse victims. Last year RamsayMedia donated 150 packs and the team was challenged to aid more children this time around. Financial contributions came from the staff, the company and the Norton Ramsay Foundation (a trust established by the previous chairman), while Ackermans, Easywear and Hospitality Suite were quick to provide facecloths, soap and underwear to the worthy cause.

Staff enthusiastically made their way down the assembly line, filling the bags before writing a personal message on each one. These were handed over at the end of the day, ready for distribution on Mandela’s birthday.

Thank you to Sandy and the RamsayMedia staff for this great support!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

WC Doctors to receive training this weekend

This weekend more than 25 doctors and SAPS FCS members will receive training in expert witnessing in court and forensic medical examination. This will be hosted by Matla A Bana in Cape Town.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Rotary Claremont will support again

We have just received fab news from Rotary Claremont! This group will once again support several MAB WC projects, including the implementation of a Child-Friendly Reporting Facility at Milnerton FCS! Thanx Rotary Claremont for your continued support!

John talks to Matla A Bana

Thanx to John Maytham for doing a fab interview with Monique very early one morning. John also paid a visit to the Kraaifontein Unit where he met the members and helped with the packing of some comfort packs! Thanx also to Cape Talk for your continued support of our project!

Spinning for Matla A Bana

Police in the Honeydew precinct commemorated Child Protection Week by participating in a spin-a-thon to raise funds for charity.

About 380 police members participated in the five-hour event on a rotation basis where they also raised funds for the Matla-a-Bana charity project.

Honeydew police spokesman, Warrant Officer Karen Jacobs said, "The spin-a-thon was incorporated as part of our social responsibility in conjunction with the Fitness and Wellness programme initiated by General Bheki Cele.

"The main aim was to ensure our members' fitness while contributing towards making a difference to child protection. We collected boxes of donations which we handed to the charity."

Cluster commander, Major General Oswald Reddy thanked participating members and encouraged them to treat child victims with empathy and support. A minute of silence was observed in memory of children who have been or are victims of abuse.

-Ayanda Buthelezi

Friday, May 20, 2011

Join us for Child Protection Week

Matla A Bana, Friends of Child Protection and Connect Network is calling all churches, schools, companies and South Africans to join our Christian response to Child Abuse during Child Protection Week.

Child Protection Week will be celebrated from 23 – 29 May 2011 and on 5 June it is the World Wide Day of Prayer for Children at Risk.

We appeal to you to join this Christian response by:
· Hosting a Service of Hope and Blessing.
· Dedicating a part of your service, assembly time or daily staff meeting to the Green Ribbon Candle Ceremony.
· Wearing a green ribbon.

For more information on how you can take part go to

Monday, April 25, 2011


Thank you to the following companies for supporting Francois and Dirkie by donating funds to MAB!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Anti Corruption Conference


Thank you to Bonnie and the Roman's Pizza group for donating yet another 100 Comfort Packs in Gauteng and offering to do many more during April!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

MAB in the Cape Epic

MAB Cape Epic Supporter - Enge Coetzer!

This year Matla A Bana will be presented at the Cape Epic by Team SENEKAL ALLEN. We would like to wish Francios Coetzer and Dirkie van der Merwe all of the best with this great challenge. And also thank them for profiling the abuse against our children. We are behind you 100%! May you have a great cycle!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Training - medical doctors

On 3 & 4 February Matla a Bana in Gauteng was buzzing! It was finally time to train the doctors in the province on how to do a medical examination on child-abuse and rape victims. Cariena Coetzee of the NPA and Dr Tromp Els Forensic Specialist were the presenters of a two day training on FORENSIC MEDICAL EXAMINATION AND EXPERT WITNESSING! 27 Delegates attended this unique training! 8 FCS commanders, 1 Journalist, 1 Social Worker, 4 Forensic Nurses and 13 Doctors! The feedback was EXCELLENT and enquiries have been made for the next training of this standard!! Matla a Bana would like to thank Old Mutual Foundation, Roodepoort Townlodge and Mosaiek Church for your loyal support. Together we can make a huge difference in the prevention of secondary abuse and ensuring much better conviction rates by educating our Doctors and other professionals!

National Adoption

Intercape Bus Service has will be adopting various FCS on a national level. The staff of this company will personally become involved with this adoption. This adoption will result on a national reach and we looking forward to this working relationship.

Khayelitsha FCS Unit to receive support

A home cell group from Vredelust Congregation will be supporting this unit by supplying comfort packs to the child abuse victims. Welcome to all our new volunteers!

Kraaifontein FCS Adopted

We are very happy to announce that the Durbanville Congregation has adopted the Kraaifontein FCS. The group paid a visit to the unit and the members received a very special message from well-known pastor, Gary Kieswietter. The group was joined by Old Mutual sponsor, Renee Palmer. The church is planning not only to provide spiritual support to the members, but also to assist with comfort packs!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

MAB launched 16 Days of Activism with an Police day at Kenmare Laerskool after a request to educate the learners on the importance of the various policing departments and also as a Career! A thousand learners witnessed the police in action! We Salute the police members Fighting crime on a daily basis Serving and Protecting the community and our children.

Thanx to Col Botha of the East Rand Airwing, Lt;Col Caroto Dog Unit West Rand and Capt Hattingh of the East Rand Mounted Unit!