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How long has 9Miles Project been around?

We were established on 26 March 2013.

Who founded 9Miles Project?

Nigel and Sher’Neil Savel.

Where are you situated?

Our headquarters is at Strandfontein Pavilion, Corner of Baden Powell Drive and Strandfontein Road in Cape Town. Our office is at 15 Utica Way, Strandfontein.

What areas do you work in?

We work in the informal settlements of 7de Laan, Masincedane, Oppermans Oord, and City Mission in Strandfontein; Elands Bay on the West Coast, and Sea Vista in the Eastern Cape.

Our community projects and events also impact the greater Strandfontein and Cape Town.

Are you a registered organisation?

Yes, we are a registered nonprofit organisation (NPO 116-995) as well as Public benefit organisation (PBO 930 046 181) with Section 18A status – this means we are able to issue tax receipts for any donations received.

What is your number of participants or beneficiaries?

We have 140 children in Strandfontein, Elands Bay and St Francis Bay who benefit from programmes which include literacy and academic support, food aid, welfare and holistic support, surfing and fitness, art & music therapy, and environmental education. We also reach more children and youth via our community events and training workshops and have 800 direct beneficiaries in our Strandfontein communities.

Why did you choose Surfing and not other sports?

Surfing had a profound impact on Nigel’s life and kept him away from the social ills in his community at a young age. He therefore realised that the sport could have the same impact on vulnerable and at-risk youth around him. Surfing is not only a great way to keep physically fit but has many psychological benefits too. It is a profound activity that assists in decreasing anxiety and stress, and serves as an outlet for the trauma which the children in our communities experience on a daily basis. Better physical health leads to greater mental health and academic performance.

Surfing teaches many life skills like determination, perseverance, and decision-making. It also makes surfing (which is considered an expensive activity) more accessible and inclusive.

Is 9Miles Project just for surrounding communities?

Our afterschool and holiday programmes are freely available for youth from the areas in, and around Strandfontein and Elands Bay, who are able to commit to attending at least 60% of our programmes on an ongoing basis. However, we do reach additional communities via our various other activities e.g. Holiday programmes, job-readiness programmes, GEM Girls’ camps etc.

Where can I drop off food or clothing donations?

Donations can be dropped off at our clubhouse at Strandfontein Pavilion, or at our office by prior arrangement. Depending on the location, we can also collect certain donations.

How can I book a surf lesson?

Surf lessons can be booked by contacting or 082 042 7701.

How can I join the 9Miles Surf Club?

The Surf Club meets every 2nd Saturday of the month from 8h30 – 11h00 and sessions are R200 per person. To join, please email or Whatsapp 065 289 2917 to be added to the Surf Club Whatsapp group.

Have you got a wetsuit in my size for lessons?

We have wetsuits which fit all shapes and sizes.

Must I be fit to do surfing?

Our lessons are facilitated by patient, experienced coaches who cater for all fitness levels and ages.

"Relaunching Instinct in my hometown where I started it and incorporating revenue from every sale to empower underprivileged students is a dream come true. Business can solve big social problems but if I can just help with one small problem, the life trajectory of a student, then my mission will be fulfilled."

Shaun Tomson Founder of Instinct

"In the words of Nelson Mandela - May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. 9Miles has gone above and beyond the distance to provide the children in their care with hope and inspiration so that the choices they make are different to the circumstances they currently live in."

Cheryl Cornelissen Old Mutual

"I want to give a shout-out to the 9Miles Project team. My friends and I had a surf lesson on Saturday morning. My friends enjoyed themselves and want to have another lesson because it was so much fun. I was impressed by the professionalism of the team and the affordability. Feel free to reach out to 9Miles Project if you want to join their surf club every second Saturday or you can arrange for you and your friends/family to do it together.
Well done guys for going the distance!"

Sonja Arendse Surf client

"I've worked with many organisations over the years and personally, my experience is that 9Miles Project is one of the most professional, world-class, holistic NGOs that I have ever had the pleasure of dealing with."

Georgie Ravencroft AFMS Group

"I have not encountered a charity that can do so much with so little, and with so much energy, no nonsense, kindness and authenticity"

Kara Combrinck West Coast partner

"Really was amazing to see the respect and the confidence that the Project children exude... I have no doubt that these young lives will grow to be real role models and pillars of strength in their respective communities... Well done 9Miles Project for providing the platform for these young people to rise above their circumstances... And even more well done to the children of the Project for their willingness to become all that they believe themselves to be... Bravo Zulu to you all!"

Mario Fredericks Community member

“Nigel Savel is one of the most inspirational people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He sees the very best in people and is therefore always extremely encouraging and motivating. Every interaction he has with people, regardless of who they are, leaves them inspired and uplifted. It is his absolute gift! I work with Gr 7 learners from under-resourced schools and Nigel has come to speak to them about their purpose. I can see a visible change in the kids after his talks as it hits home to them that they are here for a reason, that they are loved and that they add value. He really gets them to believe that regardless of their circumstance, there is hope.”

Alnerié Turck Executive Director, Life Matters Foundation

"9Miles Project is doing life changing work that is vital to the future of not only the youth involved but also South Africa as a whole. Thank you to the whole team for doing everything that you do."

Shani Judes Wavescape

"Just to know where to give responsibly is a really key thing for me... to know a guy like Nigel is actually doing the work in a community where he lives just down the's just so inspiring for one, but secondly, you know where your donations are going and that for me is key. There's a lot of things happening out in the world and South Africa, and you you don't quite know where your stuff goes...but here you are reassured that 9Miles is giving to the people who really need it most."

Alan van Gysen World Renowned Photographer & Writer
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