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Decluttering is the new shopping

It’s a simple fact of life, stuff gathers! Despite our best of intentions, things just pile up. Are you downsizing? Or moving? Or, maybe you had to make space for that ‘ remote’ home office. Whatever the reason, you have ‘stuff’ lying around the house. Things you don’t want, don’t use, or are just plain tired of seeing. We can help! It doesn’t matter what it is. Unwanted furniture, electrical appliances, home ware, toys, books, sports gear, we will take it all and more, at no cost, as stock for our shops. You don’t have to wait till you move, to de-clutter and simplify. Do it today! If you have any items you need to dispose of, that are too good to actually throw away, give us a call.

When you donate to a charity like Oasis, you are making someone’s day!  Your unwanted goods, when resold, support the work of Oasis Association for Intellectual Disability.


FREE COLLECTION: For large items such as fridges, beds, couches and other furniture we will even collect for free within the Cape Town area!

How your donation helps:

Most charities accept gently used items, especially furniture and household goods, which can be used for resale. Oasis is no different. We will accept all gently-used items, especially:

  • furniture,
  • household goods,
  • clothes,
  • books
  • and bric-a-brac.

Your unwanted goods are then sold, in one of our Oasis shops or online, to raise money to support our beneficiaries and their families. Our shops are the heartbeat of our income. Without stock we simply cannot support our beneficiaries and their families. Our collection service is willing to collect any larger item of furniture, for free. Including those awkward, hard to transport, larger pieces of furniture or garden items you have been struggling to get rid of.

Items that Oasis accepts:

Oasis will accept:

  • all furniture donations,
  • clothing donations,
  • accessories,
  • dishes and glassware,
  • collectibles,
  • working electronics,
  • books
  • and art.

For smaller items please drop off your previously loved unwanted goods at Oasis in Claremont.

The bottom line:

Donating those items you no longer want or use to charity, benefits everyone. It’s a great way for you to get organized. And, if you are moving, our removing of your excess items will assist in making your move that little bit easier. PLUS, you will be supporting, empowering and assisting the work of Oasis Association for Intellectual Disability. For more information on our collection services email Beraldine at recycling@oasis.org.za

Find us at Corner of Lee and Imam Haron Road, Claremont.
Trading hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm; Saturdays 9:00am – 1pm


The Oasis with a heart of love

Used goods across the world are seen as trendy and now. The Oasis Association for Intellectual Disability has a little “village” of four shops at the corner of Lee and Imam Haron Road, Claremont. The planet benefits, as do shoppers and the Oasis Association, when people with a conscience visit our shops. The social enterprises, as well as bakery and recycling projects, provide Oasis with the means to provide developmental opportunities to more than 600 adults and children with moderate to profound disability. Opportunities include specialised daycare for children, housing through group home living, employment and occupation for adults. Eight services are stretched across the city from Claremont to Delft.

Public participation

The general public have always played a pivotal role in the work of Oasis with gifts of time, expertise, donated stock for shops and recycling materials.

“We are deeply grateful to all who play such a generous role in changing lives. The support is really humbling. Just one book donated can feed a child for a week,” says Gail Bester, Executive Director of the Oasis Association.


Oasis shops in Claremont

The Oasis shops stock furniture, clothing, household goods, books, games and toys, art, CDs/DVDs, electronic/electrical goods and so much more. All of these items are dropped off as donations. Among all sorts of basic household items, lovely décor items, treasures, costume jewellery, vintage clothing and original artworks can be found.


Recycling with Oasis

The recycling drop-off point accepts all paper, cardboard, glass jars, bottles, and aluminium beverage cans. The association appeals to recyclers to keep materials clean and separated, if possible. Oasis does not accept any plastic of any type, and also sells cardboard boxes, glass jars, shredded egg boxes for animal bedding, composting and packaging and various re-usable items.


Confidential document shredding

Oasis’s reputation has grown and they are fast becoming the go-to service for reliable document shredding. There is no fee, but a donation is requested which qualifies for an 18A tax exemption receipt.


Moving house

Inevitably, when packing up and relocating, boxes of unwanted goodies and pieces of furniture become a nuisance factor. “We will be happy to arrange collection, at no fee, for good quality donated, furniture and goods,” says Beraldine Jagers, recycling manager.

For more information on recycling, shredding or collections, email Beraldine at recycling@oasis.org.za


Reduce your spending by shopping for previously used products at Oasis

In the past we all thought we had to buy brand new products. This way we spent way too much and often our money ran out before the month did. But fast forward a few years and it is now not only acceptable, but it is trendy to shop from “secondhand shops,” or as some would have it, gently used, previously loved or vintage shops.

Ultimately, it doesn’t matter what you call it, pre-loved shopping not only saves money, but it also saves the planet, and often it benefits a wider cause or small local business. We have all seen charity shops, book exchanges, used furniture shops, entire product lines made from recycled materials and objects, and those wonderful boutiques where exquisite clothing, often once worn, is affordable. Antique shops sell used items – i.e. The items in an antique shop must be used items to qualify as antiques!

Charity shops are not focused on retail sales but rather are a means to an end which could support a cause such as people with disability.


Your saving money by shopping at these shops becomes mindful shopping with conscience.  Their shelves are usually packed with all sorts of quirky, interesting treasures, scattered amongst entirely everyday items. It is not unusual to see a beautiful crystal glass juxtaposed against a cheap coffee mug. These conscience shops offer a wide range of products dependent on what the donors donate. Stock changes constantly, so you never know what you will find, and you need to keep popping in. But they are guaranteed to save you money.

Several entrepreneurs have set up businesses around selling products made from recycled materials or by just selling on used goods.  At these stores, items like used wooden pallets and cardboard boxes are sold at much less than the original price.  Reuse and recycling are two of the chief pillars to managing our domestic waste.

Buy local.  Support your local charity shops and businesses selling used products.




2021 is the year of upcycling. Many people find themselves in a financial squeeze and it is time for a little out-of-the-box creative thinking.  Anyone can join the upcycling revolution.

Upcycling most often “… creates a product of higher quality or value than the original.”   It is all about a splash of creativity, taking something old, and worn, and turning it into something chic, modern, and useful.

A full-length evening dress is the new mini dress. The rusted wheelbarrow becomes a planter. The china teacup sans its saucer, is a sugar bowl. Plastic bottles are bird feeders. A surplus dining table cut down to size is a new coffee table. New upholstery, a lick of paint, and new handles can create beautiful trendy furniture.

Look around your own home or your local used product shop and get started with an upcycling project.

For a little inspiration simply Google upcycling ideas. There is a wealth of ideas online that are sure to get your creative juices flowing.


Stay up to date with our news and upcycling tips on our Facebook page.

Contact us 021 671 2698 or email us info@oasis.org.za

Find us at  the Corner of Lee Road and Imam Haron Road , Claremont, 7708

Trading hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 3pm;

Saturdays 9am – 1pm.


Level 3 Oasis recycling update

Oasis Recycling is open for business with level 3 restrictions in place.

Our Claremont recycling services re-opened Monday, 1 February 2021 at 9 am.

Our services are operational Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 3pm and Saturday, 8.30am – 1pm.

Here are some friendly reminders regarding recycling etiquette at Oasis:

    • Please remember to package and drop off your waste in one container.
    • Kindly pre-rinse all food containers such as cans, milk bottles etc. before delivery.
    • Kindly refrain from leaving your recycling at Oasis, should we be closed.
    • Please take careful note of items we cannot accept or recycle.

Our recycling services are still limited. Which means we are still not able to accept ALL recycling. We can only take glass, aluminium tins, all paper, cardboard, magazines and books.

We can accept:

  • All paper, including newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, junk mail, circulars, office scrap, envelopes and books. If the latter is in a good condition, please consider donating it to the bookstore.
  • Cardboard, so all boxes, toilet roll inners, cereal boxes and egg boxes, if cardboard.
  • All glass bottles and jars.
  • All cooldrink cans.


We cannot accept:

  • Plastic, at all, of any sort. So, no clingwrap, no florist wrap or cellophane. No margarine tubs. None of those thin plastic packets, used for bread, milk or veggies. And no plastic or cellophane food trays, at all, whether used for meat, muffins, fruit or biscuits.
  • No wax-lined boxes. Including banana boxes, milk cartons, juice cartons or yoghurt boxes.
  • Styrofoam products.
  • Foil items.
  • Tissues.
  • Disposable nappies, food scraps, PVC like JIVE cooldrink bottles, wet waste or medical waste.


Please pay particular attention to this list.

We do apologise for the inconvenience this may cause.

We understand these restraints are frustrating, however COVID-19 has made the recycling of the above listed items impractical for the time being and we simply do not have the manpower to render a full service.

We will keep you up-to-date, and advise the moment these restraints are removed.


Thank you for your understanding and ongoing support during these trying times.


Need to get in touch with us:


Recycling Manager – Beraldine Jagers

Cnr Lee Road and Imam Haron
Claremont, 7708
021 671 2698


2021 Oasis reopening update


The New Year started with a bang and a stammer at Oasis.

We had planned to open Monday 11 January, but with the reinstatement of Level 3 COVID restrictions, and the alarming increase in the rate of transmission, we had to go back to the drawing board.

We are a family. Your safety is always our priority. Keeping our beneficiaries, our staff (700 in total) and you, our customers safe is and always will be our first consideration.

Many of our beneficiaries and staff have health vulnerabilities, and with staff travelling during the festive season, the risk of infection was simply too high.


News of our first COVID cases arrived with the New Year, so we delayed our opening by a further two weeks and most of us stayed home. Those who could worked from home.

A skeleton staff has now returned to duty. We have started setting up our shops. Many more are scheduled to return next week, in the hope that the worst of this second wave has weakened.

We are so excited and we are looking forward to re-uniting with you, our family – It has been too long.


Our Claremont shops are stocked and ready. They will open Monday 1 February at 9 am.


Our Claremont recycling will also re-open Monday 1 February. Yes, our services are still limited, but we are open, and for that, we are very grateful.

Please remember, when you drop off recycling, we can only take glass, aluminum tins, and all paper, cardboard, magazines and books.

Our drop-off will also be operational from Monday 1 February, gratefully receiving any donations of books and bric-a-brac, for which we thank you in advance.


2020 in review

It’s been some time since we last chatted… and a lot has happened.

We have worked hard at putting this great Oasis jigsaw puzzle together, one piece at a time, and slowly we are beginning to see the makings of a picture. And yet still, some of the picture remains unseen for now – and it is possible we will find some pieces remain missing.

We find ourselves dealing with some strange anomalies. The most obvious of these is that, aside from a very small group, our Day Centre and Protective Workshop beneficiaries are still not back.

People with intellectual disability are the reason for Oasis’ existence and the fact that they are not here seems unthinkable.


However, we only got the official go-ahead from subsidising government departments for a staggered and phasing in return on 15 October. While most of our beneficiaries are not physically with us, we are in contact with them regularly on the phone and at their gates, with parcels to meet needs where we can.

The need for this assistance grows rapidly with each week that passes. We are now distributing over 200 food and care parcels per month. All adult beneficiaries have continued to receive their full stipend during the period of their being at home and the small increase to their disability grants from government has been a help too.

Adult beneficiaries at Oasis Houses have had a long innings of lockdown. The maintenance of their safety through isolation from the public has been rigid. The original group of 24 have since grown to almost 40 through a carefully managed quarantined return to the houses. I pay tribute to those staff, who sacrificed their own family time, to go into quarantine with residents, to offer care and encouragement.

A small group have not come home and remain in the care of their families until later. In the last few months staff and residents have been enjoying “outings” – scenic drives on our buses with picnics, where no one leaves the confines of the bus. The videos of these have been filled with laughter and delighted squeals.

One of the complex parts of our jigsaw puzzle will be the rebuilding and restructuring of routines when all workers and day care children return.

Anyone who has worked with people with intellectual disability will know that their security comes from continuity, structure, consistency and repetition. Many skills will have been lost during this period and teaching and development will be an important focus for many, many months to come.


The Claremont branch of the Oasis Books and Bric-a-Brac shop reopened on the 25 July. This opening was essential to our survival and it remains so to this day. Our shops have always been the heartbeat of our income to pay for all the services that we provide to hundreds and hundreds of people with intellectual disability.

The opening was made possible by the loyalty of our customers, easing of lockdown restrictions, and a team of hard-working staff who set about splitting the shop into three areas across our property. They processed a mountain of stock, while all being taught various aspects of safety.

It was lovely seeing our customers after such a long break from each other and I was particularly thrilled that so many commended us for our levels of safety. Their safety and ours is a top priority. While we were incredibly pleased to find that many customers still had cash in their wallets, their words of encouragement and friendship were ultimately the most meaningful.

We also thought it important that our shop cater to those who are vulnerable to risk, hesitant about big malls and crowded shops and who, like all of us, should mask up and socially distance. And so, our little spaza section in the shop was born. We are stocking fresh produce, direct from the market, basic grocery items and many of our baked goods. All of these interlocking pieces are beginning to fit together where “trading with a difference” becomes a reality.

On 3 August we launched our co-operative, selling shelves with homemade pickles, handmade sweets and jams and so on. Our first group of five brave traders from various sectors of work, whose work and livelihoods has been greatly impacted by COVID-19, turned over R24 000+ in their first three weeks.

Their products are not mass produced. Each is carefully handmade and homemade. When you buy their products, you help families bounce back from very tough times, with a nominal handling fee going to Oasis. The craft section of the co-op was added on 3 October with some lovely items.

Our recycling drop-off at Claremont has reopened. At this stage we are asking for GLASS, ALUMINIUM BEVERAGE CANS, BROWN CARDBOARD BOXES/CARTONS, ALL TYPES OF PAPER, BOOKS, MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS.

We have also been doing confidential document shredding again. Please email recycling@oasis.org.za with enquiries. What we have previously failed to explain well is that the chief reason we cannot do recycling at full capacity is that it is labour intensive work and requires a full team of beneficiaries back at work. We will not be taking any plastics and household cardboard of any type, as well as food tins at this time or for the foreseeable future.

As a pre-school child I would stand on “tippy toes” and hook my elbows onto the table edge and watch the adult members of our extended family doing a jigsaw puzzle together. It was always the same – the side pieces first. It strikes me that the side pieces of the current Oasis jigsaw puzzle are a staff team who stand shoulder to shoulder even though their knees buckle at times as they hold the puzzle picture firmly framed. We are still not out of the woods. We have named ourselves “The Rescue Team” because we are doing all we can to rescue our organisation for the beneficiaries to whom it rightfully belongs.

Numerous pieces have been contributed to our puzzle and for these pieces we are truly grateful.

I wish to thank you for –

  • A remarkable response to our Christmas food parcel appeal with over 193 people and businesses ensuring that 350 parcels can assist to sustain beneficiaries’ families over the festive season, not only with nourishing food but care.
  • Words of encouragement, kindness and patience from so many individuals, most especially our shop customers. You have lifted our spirits no end, especially at times when we have felt deep despair.
  • The incredible generosity of our friends, supporters and donors who have kept our shops stocked, given us sanitisers and PPE, given cash and in-kind donations. You have helped sustain livelihoods!
  • Shopping at our shops. We trade with a difference and you shop with conscience. We appreciate you so much.

We see you all as part of our Rescue Team and we thank you sincerely. You remind us that “Hearts that beat to the tune of kindness can change the rhythm of the world.” (C J Peterson)

May the festive season be blessed with love, kindness and good health for you and your families. Please join in the kindness of keeping each other safe through responsible COVID-19 protocols.

May we all stand shoulder to shoulder even when our knees buckle. Your love and kindness may be the one missing piece in our puzzle in 2021.


Warm regards

Gail Bester
Executive Director | 021 671 2698 | www.oasis.org.za


Oasis Food Parcel Appeal 2020

Dear Oasis family,

Once again, a big “thank you” to everyone who helped us provide food parcels to 314 of our adult and day centre child beneficiaries in 2019. None of us dreamt at the time that within months the entire globe would be in the grips of a health crisis which would impact all of us – some of us very tragically.

We are deeply grateful for your kind and generous support over the years. You have all consistently given. Each year we have reached our target of festive food parcels.

None of this would have been possible without you.


The year 2020 has been very different from previous years. We have had to distribute hundreds of food parcels every month to those in need within the Oasis family. There will be no holiday period to speak of this year as we were only permitted to start phasing back our beneficiaries towards the end of November, and most are still at home. Our team is working relentlessly to provide emotional support and social assistance during this difficult time.

Now in our 12th year of food parcels, we are aiming to give 350 beneficiaries the gift of food, nourishment, and care. At a cost of over R600 for one food parcel, the aim is to, with your help, fill as many parcels as possible between now and Christmas closure.

Each parcel will hold nourishing, low-cost food, health and hygiene items, as well as a few treats.


Every rand, every tin of baked beans, or packet of rice donated helps us put together a food parcel. We hope that you will assist us in gifting our beneficiaries and their families by supporting our appeal and sharing this message with your family, friends, and colleagues.

The details of how to give a tin, or packet of food, or to contribute cash towards filling parcels are below.

Thank you to all who can assist. To those who can’t, we send our thoughts of support to you.

It has been a really tough year for everyone.

We hope 2021 will be better.

Kind regards

Gail Bester

Executive Director   |   021 671 2698


For all food item donations, we have set up a collection point at the Recycling drop-off, in Claremont: Cnr Lee and Imam Haron Roads.

The food parcel list is here…



Cash donations can be dropped off directly at our Claremont Oasis Book Store and Bric-a-Brac shop where the cashiers will ring up your donation under “food parcels”.


Deposit directly into:

Account name: Oasis Association

Bank: First National Bank

Branch: Claremont

Acc no: 593 7179 7078

Branch code: 200 109

If you drop off cash or deposit money into our bank account, please stipulate FOOD PARCEL and give us your NAME and CONTACT DETAILS, so that we can issue you with a Section 18A tax receipt for your tax rebates.



Please email your deposit slip or EFT transaction download to donor@oasis.org.za



Oasis Co-Op

We are launching a new Oasis Co-Op, where we will be selling bottled goods, handmade sweets and fudge, knitted or sewn items and much more… Through an application process, we will make space on our shelves available to those with beautiful handcrafted items, delicious homemade treats (excluding baked goods) and those who upcycle materials into on-trend items.

If you would like to become one of our suppliers please email Gail Bester at director@oasis.org.za with photographs of your products and prices.

Through this initiative we hope to support entrepreneurial crafts people whose jobs or home industries have been decimated by the economic impact of COVID-19 by providing them with a space to sell their wares. We also believe that it is important to cater to those who are vulnerable to risk and hesitant about big malls and crowded shops and so we are hoping to create a safer, more accessible shopping environment for them. There are limited shelves and no guarantee that anyone’s products will be accepted. Terms and conditions apply.

Claremont shop open – At last!


Come and browse all your favourites.

New shops, new areas! We have spread the shop into 3 areas to enable social distancing:

  • Clothing at Lee Road Gate.
  • Bric-a-brac, technical goods, and art in the shop.
  • Books and furniture at recycling drop-off.

We look forward to welcoming you.


We are fiercely guarding the safety of our customers and staff and everyone will be required to adhere to our regulations (which are laid down for us by Departments of Labour and Social Development)

    • No mask = No entry
    • No sit down drinks or eats yet!
    • Screening stations with temperatures and questions, names and cell numbers (The latter for contact tracing – laid down for us)
    • Sanitising of hands
    • Strict adherence to social distancing
    • No fitting rooms or public toilets
    • Limited numbers in each shopping area
    • Limited time for customers
    • Pay for purchases in each area at each area pay point
    • Lee Road gate – only entry to clothing/shoes/bags
    • Imam Haron gate – entry to other areas but not clothing

Address: Corner Lee and Imam Haron Road, Claremont


Oasis recycling closed

COVID UPDATE 2020: Oasis recycling will remain closed for now. The Oasis recycling depot is unfortunately still unable to operate during level 4 COVID-19 lockdown. Our core business is to provide care and opportunities for our people with intellectual disability. Our first priority has to be their welfare and we cannot operate our recycling depot without placing them at risk.

Our biggest source of income comes from recycling which has suddenly been withdrawn. Recycling companies, like all other companies, face challenges at this time and some are unable to purchase materials from us now. At this stage we anticipate being able to re-open in level 2. We thank all of our recycling supporters for many years of support. We hope to return stronger! recycling@oasis.org.za