The Message Trust has been working in prisons since 2014 running extensive programmes with juvenile offenders.

Through our training interventions, ex-offenders who have completed our programmes, have resulted in only a 7% reoffending rate as opposed to the national average of 80%.

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1 INCARCERATED PERSON COSTS SOUTH AFRICA R390 PER DAY. A TRAINED BARISTA WHO FINDS EMPLOYMENT NOT ONLY PREVENTS CRIME AND REOFFENDING BUT SAVES THE COUNTRY UP TO R140,400 A YEAR. NOW THAT’S A CAUSE WORTH SUPPORTING.

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OUR PROCESS

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Gangstar Café and The Message Trust have partnered with Red Band Academy who run their barista training academy out of Fathers House Church in Port Elizabeth. Together we launched Red Band Barista Academy in Cape Town in 2020, running our first barista course in October. Students can qualify for Red Band Training by completing the Work4ALiving course.

Headed up by Shaun Aupais one of South Africa’s leading coffee experts Red Band Barista’s are trained and mentored over two weeks and then placed in Gangstar and partner Cafes to learn on the job training.

We run four barista training courses throughout the year and have plans to launch the first Red Band Roasting Academy in Cape Town in 2021.

If you would like to register or refer an ex-offender to our skills development training please email marks@message.org.za

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The Message Trust headquarters in Mowbray is registered as a Work4ALiving centre. Work4ALiving is an extensive 3-week job readiness course, teaching ex-offenders the importance of having a Christian value-based worldview and how to be job ready. The course is aimed at empowering students to find employment and be excellent in their work.

For more information visit https://work4aliving.org