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Mitchell’s Plain is a township in the City of Cape Town situated 25 kilometres outside the city.  Initially Mitchell’s Plain was planned as a segregated, self-sufficient, dormitory suburb far removed from the City.  Mitchell’s Plain is now one of the busiest nodal interchanges in the City of Cape Town with a population in excess of one and a half million people.


Mitchell’s Plain is situated in a district that represents some of the most marginalised areas in the city of Cape Town which includes Crossroads, Khayelitsha and Philippi.  The district has the largest population of any district, with the highest population in density, the highest unemployment in the city and the worst social fabric crime rates of all districts.  It is the worst off of all districts in terms of living standards.  All these factors have implications for regeneration, job creation, youth and skills development.

Mitchell’s Plain has been hard hit with domestic violence and drug-related crime. Studies have shown that 75% of the 400 protection-order cases dealt with at Mitchell’s Plain Magistrate’s Court between January and April 2008 were related to domestic violence, the key drivers of these incidents being poverty and unemployment.

The abuse of "Tik" (methamphetamine) is widespread in Mitchell’s Plain. Tests carried out between April and November 2008 across the country as part of the first drug-driving report showed that a startling number of Cape Town motorists pulled over at roadblocks by the South African Police Service tested positive for drugs, with a third of Mitchell’s Plain drivers testing positive for tik. Mitchell’s Plain sadly presents the highest rate of drug-related crime in South Africa.

Today, these problems are still prevalent and are further exacerbated by increased levels of unemployment, poverty and crime.

Making a difference

Since its establishment in 1989, Jireh has been on the forefront of serving the community of Mitchell’s Plain and surrounding areas through social upliftment initiatives, focussed on families and individuals.  Today, 23 years on Jireh continues to serve the community with programmes which are cutting edge and innovative.  Jireh exists to empower and uplift poor communities to experience spiritual, social, political and economic freedom through its programmes.

We believe in giving hope to humanity through our programmes, with the help of donors and stakeholders, as we continue to tackle these pressing problems facing our communities.

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