Syanqoba Centre

Mama Lizzy Magama was so affected by the many children in her community who suffered from hunger and malnutrition that she started to feed as many children as she could on her own. Her spirit of entrepreneurship led her to expand and officially, after three years she opened Siyanqoba Centre in 2009. Her project has grown from feeding children, to complete aftercare services where they provide tutoring and assistance with homework, which also includes a reading and writing programme.

She also educates the community on adequately caring for their pets, including de-worming practices and sterilisation. As a qualified nail technician and hairdresser, Mama Lizzy passes on these and other skills she acquired such as cooking and baking and sewing to those in need so that they may, in turn, generate an income from these skills. She has dedicated her life to helping those in need, and her positive influence is rippling through her community.


CMA provided skills training to 14
Mama transferred skills to 30
Mama provides employment to 4




Joined CMA: February 2014
Children in her care: 150
Elderly in her care: 25
Outreach: 30

Facts about Mama Lizzy

Syanqoba Centre
Olievenhoutbosch, Gauteng

  • Nationality and Language:
South African | Xhosa
  • Date of Birth:
9 October 1962
  • Marital Status:
  • Own Children:
2 children


2014 – Clover Mama Afrika Smarties Week – Personality of the Week – winner
2016 – Won a tablet courtesy of Unicode Systems
2018 – Clover Mama Afrika Top Cleanliness & Hygiene Award – winner

“Teach the children to believe in themselves. We have to help them with this so that they in turn can change the world tomorrow.”