Tshepang Programmes for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children

Mama Zakhe (Susan) Rammekwa left her job as Assistant Director of Johannesburg Child Welfare in 2006 to start her own charity centre. Noticing that there is a need at a grassroots level for a day-care facility that offers daily meals, health and hygiene monitoring, counselling, life skills support, and suitable education, she decided to get out of the office and into the field. Now, Mama Zakhe cares for 320 children daily and has a feeding scheme for more than 105 adults and seniors. She is assisted by 23 full-time caregivers and tends to child-headed households in the nearby informal settlement.


CMA provided skills training to 32
Mama transferred skills to 62
Mama provides employment to n/a


‘Zakhe’ means do your own thing, and Mama Zakhe decided to venture out on her own and explore more opportunities.


Joined CMA: February 2010 – 2015
Children in her care: n/a
Elderly in her care: n/a
Outreach: n/a

Facts about Mama Zakhe

Tshepang Programmes for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children
Roodepoort, Gauteng

  • Nationality and Language:
  • Date of Birth:
15 November 1966
  • Marital Status:
  • Own Children:
1 child


2011 – Goldman Sachs Award – winner

2013 – Clover Mama Afrika Business Woman of the Year Award – winner

Knowledge is power – never give up on an opportunity to learn.”