The TransCape non-profit organisation (NPO) was registered on 4 August 2004 with South Africa’s Department of Social Development.
The organisation was the initiative of Mdumbi Backpackers’ workforce and friends. Together with the medical staff at Canzibe Hospital, they established an NPO to help the communities of the Nyandeni sub-district to tackle their significant health, social, educational and economic needs.
TransCape’s geographical focus.
TransCape is active in an area ranging from Port St Johns to Coffee Bay and in-land up to Mthatha and Libode. This falls mainly in the local Nyandeni Municipal area, OR Tambo District, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
The Eastern Cape is one of South Africa’s poorest provinces with, according to statistics from the Department of Social Development, the highest percentage of people living in poverty.
The HIV prevalence in the Eastern Cape, at 29% of the population, is among the highest levels in the country. The OR Tambo district where TransCape operates, is the poorest district in the Eastern Cape in terms of all poverty measures.
Our specific geographical area of operation is the Nyandeni municipality. Mdumbi Backpackers is situated in Ward 26 and Canzibe Hospital in Ward 23. It has the lowest Human Development Index (0.45) and the highest poverty gap (2 231 million) in the Eastern Cape.