Isitaladi Skoffel Squad was launched in November 2018 by two occupational therapists, Lee Jackson-Randall and Helen Farmer, and Michael Mootane, an unemployed man with a solid work background. Not even 1 month old, we won a prize at the 2018 GIBS Festival of Ideas for social entrepreneurs, selected from 12 finalists as the project most likely to create jobs. We've since been joined by our 4th founder, Kanye Rampa, a technologist with postgraduate qualifications and a passion for clean streets. We uplift our young "skoffelers" with extra training, making them more employable in the open labour market and connecting them to the information superhighway. This de-risks them in relation to future unemployment and lets them use us as a stepping stone in their careers. We also equip them with knowledge and technology to report problems to the City Council, ensuring lifelong active citizenry in their own communities.
We provide affordable cleaning of the street frontage of residential and business properties in Joburg's north-east. With donor support we also clean the "orphan areas" like traffic islands. Property owners, landlords, tenants, estate agents, businesses, schools, clinics, religious facilities, developers, old age homes and road users all benefit from our services.