At Community Keepers we welcome the ‘disruptive child’; the ‘difficult teenager’; the learner who is withdrawn, anxious or angry; and those who appear to cope but are masking, to keep the peace.  These are the learners who need us most.

Our dream is to partner with funders and as many communities as possible, to build resilience and a culture of well-being.   

Nobody should be denied access to mental health care because they are poor or live in a remote place.  We are committed to the National Development Plan and the 2030 Agenda as we heed the call of the United Nations to “leave no one behind” and to “endeavor to reach the furthest first.” 

Please follow this link to read about our Theory of Change, Programme Outcomes and Impact

Our shared vision is to improve the social and emotional well-being of learners and promote supportive communities where learning and development can prosper.   We subscribe to the concept of communities uplifting themselves, and we contribute as the invited guest.

Our objective is mental well-being where learners:

  • realise their own potential
  • can cope with the normal stresses of life
  • work productively and fruitfully
  • contribute to their community.

Our values:

PARTNERSHIP: Collaborating with others towards a common goal.
TRUST: Being reliable in everything we do.
INTEGRITY: Exercising moral courage by accepting responsibility for all our actions.
PROFESSIONALISM: Utilising our skills to deliver a high-quality service

Our Board of Directors (“the Board”) meets quarterly to maintain close oversight over the activities of the organisation and annually to discuss strategy. Formal minutes are recorded and circulated before each meeting.

The management team consists of the CEO, five Area Managers who report into the Operations Manager and Development Manager.

The board approves the annual budget and provides the necessary authority for expenditure.  Expenditure outside of the approved budget must be approved by the board. No single individual exercises unfettered powers of decision-making.  The management team has clear mandates and carry out their duties within the guidance of a clear strategy and plan. The board holds the CEO to account and ensures that management complies with all legislation, regulation and policies. The governance structures strive to achieve transparency, accountability, integrity and ethical leadership and provide practical guidance regarding sustainable development of the activities of the company.

Our History

“14 years ago, I was deeply concerned when I discovered that there was only one state social worker and one psychologist to service 45 schools and 32 000 children in the Winelands. Today, Community Keepers has 50 practitioners who service 28 schools and we have touched the lives of over 100 000 learners and their caregivers.   We owe a debt of gratitude to our funders who believe in the work that we do and step up to show these vulnerable children that someone does care and someone is willing to share, so that they can have hope and a future.” Andre du Plessis, Chairman and founder

In 2007, the year before Community Keepers opened our first consulting rooms, a research project was undertaken by three founding members that entailed interviewing over 2 000 candidates (children, youth, parents and educators) from schools in the greater Stellenbosch area.  The intention was to listen to the challenges they faced and the need they had in their communities. A common denominator that we found across all ages was that the candidates ‘needed someone to talk to’. This was particularly evident among the youth, who expressed a need to discuss issues with someone other than their friends and parents.

Community Keepers is unique in that we provide full time, dedicated mental health professionals at no charge to schools in marginalised areas.


In 2017, Community Keepers won an award for social innovation at the Annual Impumelelo Social Innovation Awards. Our organisation was one of over 100 non-profit organisations that participated.

In 2019, Community Keepers made the final shortlist (ranked 27 out of 400) in the African Civil Society Organisations excellence awards, a joint initiative between the Rockefeller Foundation and EPIC-Africa Foundation.

Follow this link to read an article in CFO South Africa Magazine: “How Capitec’s André du Plessis helps safeguard the future of children in Cape Town”