10:46 (GMT+2) Wed, 17 Jul 2019


 POPUP (People Upliftment Programme) was established at the end of 1999 in Pretoria, with a holistic approach to the upliftment of underprivileged communities. Since 2005 POPUP Tshwane has operated as a fully-fledged skills training and development centre to ensure independence, restoration and true upliftment of individuals through market-related, cost-effective training. POPUP’s main centre is situated in Salvokop, Pretoria and expanded to a second centre in Soshanguve in 2012.  We started our third centre in Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth) early in 2017.

POPUP provides services to any person living in Port Elizabeth and surrounding areas, regardless of race, culture, gender or religion.

What differentiates the POPUP skills training and development centre from others is that POPUP aims to ensure the fulfilment of the individual’s needs.

As an organisation, POPUP is in a position where we are giving hope to thousands of people as a result of our successful skills programmes. People are given opportunities to obtain skills which will enable them to find employment and rise from the terrible conditions caused by poverty and other circumstances such as crime and addiction.

POPUP’s vision is to transform lives and uplift individuals to impact their world. We firmly believe that transformation takes place from a holistic point of view, impacting the heart, hand and mind of the individual in such a way as to transform them from the inside out, resulting in a changed individual who can positively impact their immediate surroundings; their households, extended families, communities and the country at large.

POPUP requires that potential learners should be between 18 and 45 years of age, unemployed, with no access to tertiary education. These individuals should be able to read, write and speak English, which is the primary language of tuition.

The vast majority of POPUP’s learners connect with POPUP through word of mouth and arrive at POPUP searching for a better life and a future. Our aim is that after completing their journey with POPUP, they return to their communities as restored individuals, equipped to face life and its challenges, with renewed hope and self-esteem.

  • Your current projects and a one-line description of each
  • Skills -        Life Skills – 6-week programme

Adult Education Programme – 3 months of an accredited programme

End-User online Computer Skills – 6 weeks of an accredited programme

  • POPpy Art Studio – open for women of the community to come and enjoy art
  • Recycling project – once a month for the children from the community. Swap shop – Children bring recycled material, they choose from the shop – toys or clothes.
  • A list of your needs for 2019
  • Adopt-a-learner:
  • Life Skills – R 2000 per learner (this includes stationery, lunch every day, books, facilitator)
  • 100 learners for 2019 budgeted for – R 200 000
  • Adult Education – R 6000 per learner (This includes stationery, lunch every day, computer software, books, national Benchmark exams, facilitator)
  • 30 learners for 2019 budgeted for – R 180 000
  • End-User Computer – R 3000 per learner (This includes stationery, lunch every day, online programme, facilitator, books, assessor, moderator)
  • 30 learners for 2019 budgeted for – R 90 000
  • More Skills to be implemented during 2019:
  • Online Business Admin ( R 3000 per learner)
  • Home-based Care (R 7000 per learner)
  • Sewing (Cutting tables, sewing machines, material etc)


  • Food donations to cut daily running costs


  • POPUP is expanding and classrooms are limited. New facilities in Sidwell are a great need.

POPpy Art Studio

  • Art supplies and furniture such as
  • Plastic Chairs for adults
  • Fans x 2
  • A4/A3 white cardboard (matte finish)
  • Tempera water paint (red/blue/yellow/black)
  • Air dry clay
  • Notepads
  • Journals
  • Pencils/colouring pencils/pens/pastels
  • Erasers
  • Scissors

Printing paper

Art brushes of different sizes

Different colour chalk

White glue


Oil/acrylic/chalk paint

(R 30 000 for the year)

Recycling Project

  • Children’s clothing (boys and girls)
  • Toys
  • Stationary (colouring books, pencils, calculators, crayons, pens, books etc)
  • Reading books
  • Non-perishable food
  • Scale for weighing the recycled material (R 4000)


  • Desks and chairs
  • Sofa
  • Carpets
  • Décor
  • Paint
  • Tiles

 Business Partnerships for skills

Learnerships & host employment

POPUP has partnered with businesses around Port Elizabeth in giving our learners the opportunity to gain practical training/experience in the workplace. Your company can get involved in furthering the practical skills of our POPUP learners. Essentially the learner would work within your workplace environment at no cost to your organization besides the workspace and equipment required to complete day to day tasks, while they gain useful work experience.

  • For more information on how your business can bring hope to the hopeless together with POPUP, contact Louise van Heerden on 082 569 5988 or louise.vanheerden@popup.co.za

    • Banking details:

      Account name:  POPUP

      Bank:  Absa

      Type:  Current account

      Account number:  4050 663 335

      Branch code:  632 00