Sheltered employment in demand

John Winship of Rotary Newlands with Melanie Shapiro, Astra Centre Social Worker, and Merle Furman, Astra Centre Director

Noluthando Sheltered Employment recently opened in Khayelitsha.

The establishment of the facility was initiated by Wendy Ackerman, and supported by the Rotary Club of Newlands, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages and The Ackerman Family Educational Trust. Merle Furman, director of Astra, was approached as a consultant for her wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise in the field of disability.

Under her leadership spanning 46 years, the Jewish Sheltered Employment evolved into the Astra Centre we have today. The success of Astra continues to be a role model for both local and international organisations.

Merle Furman, John Winship and Wendy Ackerman holding one of the bags made by Astra for the beneficiaries of Noluthando.

Astra Jewish Sheltered Employment
20 Breda Street, Gardens, 021 461 8414,

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