Country Profile: South Africa

Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest city and also its second largest, with an estimated population of 3.78 million people. Voted the best tourist destination in South Africa, Cape Town has stunning sites to visit—from natural wonders to landmarks from its 300-year heritage—and a unique culture influenced by its diverse population. However the area is not without conflict. Beyond its beauty and rich history, the city struggles with issues such as drugs and gang violence.

Play for Peace in South Africa started in Cape Town in 1997. Founder Craig Dobkin and some other play for peace trainers conducted a cooperative play session there and returned the following year to continue the training. Later in 1998, two trainers from Chicago came to Cape Town to work with children there, and soon Play for Peace was fully active. The club works with children of all ages, conducting practice peace sessions and creating a dialogue with youth about issues affecting their lives and the community, such as teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, and gender based violence.

Play for Peace in Cape Town continues to meet regularly for cooperative play sessions and to improve the lives of young people in the community.

"There has been a big impact on both the students who are receiving and giving the Practice Peace sessions. Both students have increased their cooperative skills and also improving harmony in the group."   


Thozi Ndlazi
Africa Regional Coordinator 

Play for Peace Clubs, Stories, and Projects

Ambassadors of Change Club

Cape Town, South Africa

  • Apr 13, 2018

    In partnership with Compassion Games, Play for Peace has organized activities for Earth Week—a nine-day global challenge from April 14-22—to inspire acts of love, service, and compassion toward Mother Earth.

  • Feb 9, 2017

    Growing up in South Africa during the Apartheid era, Thozi Ndlazi is no stranger to discrimination. So when he joined Play for Peace, he was able to use personal experience to fuel his passion for peace.

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