As a social enterprise of The Message Trust SA, Gangstar Café helps facilitate training inside prisons. Since 2014, The Message Trust has been running an intensive prison programme which prepares each individual for release and successful reintegration back into society. We teach our students Gangstar methods based on the 5C’s.


All our modules are underpinned with sharing the Christian faith and having a desire to see our young men grow in Christ and follow him wholeheardly in all areas of their lives.


We train our young men in the Gangstar Café model, learning about coffee and how to become a barista and work in the coffee trade.


We teach the importance of management in the coffee industry, especially in keeping tight stock controls and financial management.


We teach how Gangstar Café aims to provide excellent customer service and secure loyal customers who keep coming back.


The importance of ensuring that processes and standards are followed and transferred into all areas of employment.


Our chaplains meet and coach and support each of our students in the ‘Wheel of Life’. The Wheel of Life tracks the development of each individual in 8 key life areas, ensuring they grow and develop holistically. Our chaplains also help provide pastoral care and support to all individuals in and out of prison.

“We support and endorse The Message Trust Programme, which is making a significant impact on the lives of our offenders. We are thankful for the stories of change that we have seen through our working relationship with The Message Trust”.

HJ Jumaats – Head of Development and Care, Drakenstein Management