COVID-19 Oasis Policy Update

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Category: CHARITY


Ways to support Oasis

Members of the public who support our recycling projects, bakeries and shops are the lifeblood of our sustainability. Monetary donations come from individuals, small and large businesses, funders, trust funds and foundations, while many in the corporate world assist us with donated or discounted services and products.

We are deeply grateful to you all.

1. Make a monetary donation to Oasis

All of our services and programmes are funded by donations from generous individuals, companies and trusts as well as by proceeds from our shops, bakery, recycling, and contract work projects.

There are numerous ways to donate to help support Oasis and our beneficiaries:
• Once-off Donation:

Simply click the DONATE button on any page of the website. You will be directed to the Payfast website to make a once-off donation. Please remember to provide your contact details.

• Once-off Donation via SnapScan

Please remember to provide your contact details.

Donate via EFT:

Make a direct deposit into our bank account:

Oasis Association
FNB Vineyard Road, Claremont
Branch no 204209
Current account number 59371797078
Swift code FIRNZAJJ

Please email us confirmation of your deposit and contact details to the emails below so that we can thank you and send your receipt!
info@oasis.org.za and accounts2@oasis.org.za

Monthly Contribution

Setting up a monthly debit order or recurring credit card payment will assist us tremendously in planning and budgeting for the sustained care of our beneficiaries with intellectual disabilities.

2.  Gift a donation 

Want to make a donation on behalf of a friend or family member for a special occasion? Contact us to find out more.

info@oasis.org.za and accounts2@oasis.org.za

3. MySchool/MyVillage card

Select Oasis as your beneficiary and we will benefit each time you swipe your card at any Pick n Pay or Woolworths till – it’s that simple! Every little bit helps!

4. Donate used goods or books

Our charity shops and bookshops are a vital source of funding. We sell anything from furniture, art household goods, quality used clothing, bric-a-brac, toys, and books. We welcome donations of any of these items that are in a sellable condition.  

Please drop off at Oasis recycling (corner Imam Haron and Lee Road Claremont). 
Opening hours: Mondays – Fridays 8:30 to 3:30 and Saturdays 9:00 to 1:00.

5. Collect the small change

A collection tin at your place of work or club premises can add up to make a big difference to those in need. Please drop off your collection at Oasis Association on the corner of Imam Haron and Lee Road Claremont.

6. Make a bequest

Consider leaving a gift to Oasis in your will. Contact us for more information.


7. Support our campaigns

Food Parcel Appeal:

Each year from October to December we run our Food parcel appeal where we aim to gift our beneficiaries with the gift of food, nourishment, and care. One parcel costs approximately R600, and the aim, with your help, is to fill as many parcels as possible between now and Christmas closure. You don’t need to contribute an entire parcel, any amount or item is greatly appreciated.

Our Banking Details

Oasis Association,
First National Bank
Account number 59371797078
Claremont Branch Code 204209
Swiftcode FIRNZAJJ
VAT: 4230102206

Contribute via SnapScan

Name of company: Oasis Association  Postal address: Private Bag X23, Claremont 7735  Physical Address: 33 Lee Road, Claremont  Telephone: 021 671 2698  Contact: Gail Bester, Executive Director

NPO  002 937    |     PBO   930006609

Other Centres and services at Lee Road, Claremont, Pokkiedoring Road, Delft, 16th Street, Elsies River, Chukker Road, Kenwyn, Christians Street, Ravensmead, Sakabula Road, Ruyterwacht

Did you know? Donations to Oasis are deductible tax expenses in terms of Section 18A of the Income Tax Act.
INCOME TAX: Oasis Association is exempt from income tax in terms of Section 10(1) (f) of the Income Tax Act.
DONATIONS TAX: Oasis is exempt from tax in terms of Section 56(1) (i & j) of Act 58 of 1962.

8. Drop off stock for our shops

Our shops are the heartbeat of our income and without stock we simply cannot support our beneficiaries.

We gratefully accept donated goods to be sold in our Oasis shops or online, especially:

  • household goods
  • clothes, hats and caps, shoes and handbags
  • books
  • bric-a-brac
  • backpacks, tog bags and suitcases
  • dishes and glassware
  • collectibles
  • jewellery
  • furniture
  • working electronics and electrical appliances
  • toys and games
  • cds, dvds and LPs
  • camping, sports, gardening and outdoor equipment
  • art

9. Moving house?

Scaling down? Emigrating? Moving on?

Our collection service will gladly collect any larger item of furniture in good repair, free of charge, including awkward pieces of furniture or garden items. For smaller items, please drop off your pre-loved, unwanted goods at Oasis in Claremont, on the corner of Lee and Imam Haron road.

Decluttering is the new shopping!

Donating items that you no longer want, or need is a win-win for all!  For you, it means being able to declutter and get more organised, especially before a potential house move.  It is also intrinsically rewarding.  For us, it assists in sustaining our meaningful initiatives and allows us to grow to further support people with intellectual disabilities.

Contact us Email Beraldine at recycling@oasis.org.za

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

10. Become a corporate sponsor

While we strive to be as self-sustaining as possible, with a high percentage of our annual income raised through our income generating projects, we are extremely grateful for the support and partnerships that assist us in expanding our impact and reach.  It enables us to continue doing what we do (and love!)

There are various ways a company can work with us:

  • Contract us to collect your recycling
  • Contract our Outsourced Business Services to assist with business requirements for example packaging, labelling, assembling etc.
  • Order delicious baked goods and sandwiches from our bakery for your meetings and events
  • Sponsor individual beneficiaries to support their wellbeing
  • Sponsor the residential costs for ten residents per year
  • Sponsor a vehicle, or the running costs thereof I would like to think this through
For more information please email us info@oasis.org.za

We are proud to be associated with some of the most established and largest brands and companies in South Africa. We are also associated with numerous smaller companies.  These organisations recognise the crucial work we do in making the lives of the intellectually disabled happier, healthier, and more fulfilling.

Any questions? Contact us here.


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


2018 – 2019 Oasis Association Annual Review

Oasis is a non-profit organisation, a legal persona in its own right, with no shareholders or owners. It is governed by a non-remunerated board of people who have the ability to find balance between managing limited resources effectively, maximising efficiencies and maintaining the ethos of care that has been the hallmark of our work over the years.

“Oasis came into being because a group of parents refused to take no for an answer. Little did they know that their tireless efforts would, over decades, unlock incredible opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.” – Gail Bester; Executive Director


Today Oasis offers opportunities for more than 500 people with intellectual disabilities as our primary beneficiaries, and their families as our secondary beneficiaries.

These opportunities in Claremont, Delft, Elsies River, Kenwyn, Ravensmead and Ruyterwacht, include:

• Group living in affordable housing.

• Occupation and training in protected and supported environments.

• Day Care Centres with specialised care for severely and profoundly disabled kids.

• Activity groups for adults who need high levels of supervision.

Read a short review from the Executive Director, the Chairperson and the Treasurer about how the period of 2018 – 2019 went for the organisation with updates on staffing, financials and the amazing growth and expansion the organisation has experienced recently.


Why social entrepreneurship in South Africa?

As the financial pressure for those working for non-profit organisations continues, the debate for and against social entrepreneurship is intensifying in South Africa.

Social entrepreneurship is hard to define, with different interpretations in different countries. In South Africa, it is emerging as a blend of for- and not-for-profit approaches, which balances the value and trust of social organisations with the efficiencies and profit motive of business. Within this is a conflict that challenges our cultural interpretation of charity – to make money out of social services is interpreted as inherently wrong and counter-intuitive to the mission-focus of civil society.

It is this dissonance that makes social entrepreneurship so powerful in SA, as it forces us to look at what we assume is right and challenge the ‘norm’.

Multiple reports talk of a crisis in civil society, and question the sustainability of the current system of funding, which is largely dependent on grants. Compounding this is a fractured relationship with a government that subsidises rather than funds non-profits to deliver essential services, in fields such as child protection, education and health.

The concept of social entrepreneurship addresses some of the constraints that civil society organisations in SA experience. It introduces a profit motive to the running of an organisation, which fundamentally shifts the way non-profit leaders approach their work. It is not much different to the non-profit structure in that profit must be re-invested back into the organisation, but it opens up different avenues of funding.

Because social enterprises in SA are often registered as both for- and not-for-profit companies, they can access both grant and commercial funding. This opens a spectrum of opportunities from accessing equity and debt funding, to developing an income stream that brings in predictable, unrestricted income to organisations. Interestingly, the consequence of this approach is not a shift away from the mission of the organisation, but instead a focus on it. Non-profit organisations that succeed in adapting to social entrepreneurship introduce income into their organisations that aligns with their work.

Great examples in SA are the Oasis Association in South Africa, which generates income through its recycling activities – but the rationale to the service is safe, structured employment for people with intellectual disability.

Greg Maqoma set up a for-profit company to fund the development of young dancers, which is the primary focus of the Vuyani Dance Theatre. The graduate of the GIBS Social Entrepreneurship Programme has successfully managed to transform this grant-dependent arts organisation into a highly successful dance company, which has won numerous international awards.

Another example is the focus of Spark Schools, to improve the calibre of teachers by focusing on teacher training, a mission which is funded through the low-fee schools Spark operates.

The consequence for organisations starting out with a social entrepreneurial bent is that they think differently about how they deliver their services. Weaved into their models are opportunities to generate income that underpin the service.

Examples here include Iyeza Express, which delivers chronic medication to patients in Khayelitsha, using bicycles and charging an affordable R10. Claire Reed responded to the difficulties in growing vegetables by developing a fertilised seed strip, which she sells in nurseries and schools, which funds the vegetable gardens she builds in schools.

It may seem counter-intuitive, but profit encourages a focus on impact, as without quality service delivery, the organisation doesn’t have customers, and consequently, no income. This has links to accountability and transparency, creating a circle that builds trust, credibility and profit.

Social entrepreneurship in SA is not the magic solution that will eradicate the constraints that non-profit organisations experience. But it offers potential to shift our civil society into a different way of doing things. It creates a focus on long-term sustainability, on quality service, efficiency and accountability. It blends the lessons from business with the diversity and complexity of social values, and in the mix are great opportunities for change.

In the words of Bernard Shaw: “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.”

Article first appeared in Alive2Green