Welcome to The SylvesterMashilo Foundation

Our Vision and Purpose

A future equal society that is free of violence and supports the attainment of our potentials.

We are creating a safer and better world for our children by supporting our communities through programs that build our boys, intentional parenting interventions and holding men accountable to display compassionate manhood. We will achieve these ideals by changing mindsets through unlearning and learning.

Our Targets for 2021-2024

Our Strategic Plan for 2021-2024 is focused on addressing GBVF as a crime against the less vulnerable. Our interventions are largely preventative, proactive and positive in approach. 

Boys Mentorship

A target of 1500 boys in lifelong mentorship from one stage of life to another.

Fatherhood Network

A target of 500 men actively involved in building themselves while initiating a new generation of men.

Motherhood Network

A target of 300 women actively involved in a series of programs to rebuild family values.

Sports for Change

A target of 25 000 participants using sports to raise a social message on the importance of Fatherhood

Lessons from Fathers Research

A target of 1000 in our Research Study that will culminate in the publishing of a book titled "Lessons from Fathers: A collection of reflections"

SMF Pledge

A total of 40 000 men who take the SMF Pledge. Men in solidarity for a better society.

We are saddened

Our country is violent. Our communities are not safe. We are not safe. Rape is such a gruesome crime. We pray for the survivors of the Krugersdorp gang rape #enoughisenough #newgenerationofmenneeded #notinmyname

Men are at the core of the problem. They must be at the core of the solutions 
Boys learn through socialisation that violence is the way of life. We must raise them better
We are not powerless. Communities must mobilise. The criminal and justice systems must complement community mobilisations 

Fatherhood Run/Walk 2022 Series

On 08 January 2022 our Fatherhood Running Club hosted the inaugural Fatherhood New Year's Run/Walk in partnership with the City of Johannesburg. While the weather in the lead up to the start of the race was not kind we saw glorious sunshine as soon as the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Dr Mpho Phalatse, officially opened the race. 

The New Year's Run/Walk was followed up by the Annual Fatherhood Run 2022 Edition on 16 July. This Run was launched by the Founder together with his son Raymond and the Chairman of Panorama Running Club, Andre Morrison-Young, who completed a special 67KM Night Run starting 15 to 16 July. A total of 250 registrants joined the solidarity run under the slogan "Ba Bize Bonke".
See the bright smiles taken from the day.

We invite you to take this survey that will culminate in a series of books written By Fathers as a collection of practices, thoughts and ideas around the raising of children. Your contribution to this project of nation building is invaluable. Click here

Join our Fatherhood Running Club (Open to ALL)

Confronting the culture of violence

Crime and reform in South Africa