Oasis Skill Centre

Mama Mary is a dedicated teacher and was a member of The Women’s Development Forum. Together they identified a great need for children with learning and other disabilities, and so in 1999, Mama Mary Visagie established the Oasis Skills Development Centre. Together with caregivers, they provide assistance, support, training, and guidance to persons with multiple (physical and mental) disabilities.

Since most of her learners come from previously disadvantaged communities and deprived households, they never had access to an education suited to their needs, or even just basic life skills training. Now, they have. The centre has an Early Childhood Development facility with a stimulation room for children with disabilities to play and computer laboratory for improving computer skills.


CMA provided skills training to 48
Mama transferred skills to 42
Mama provides employment to 16


Bread baking
Cooking & baking


Joined CMA: September 2008
Children in her care: 58
Elderly in her care: 12
Outreach: 1500

Facts about Mama Mary

Oasis Skill Centre
Websterground, Northern Cape


  • Nationality and Language:
  • Date of Birth:
15 January 1941
  • Marital Status:
  • Own Children:
2 children


2011 – EPWP Non-State (NGO) Kamoso Best Project Award – winner
2011 – Clover Mama Afrika Photo Competition – winner
2011 – Clover Mama Afrika Performer Extraordinaire Award – winner
2014 – Eqstra Flexi Fleet – R100 000 – winner

“Life is like a wheelbarrow. Nothing will happen if you don’t start pushing it.”