STAY SAFE, a registered NPO, is a self-protection and empowerment training initiative for girls and women. Endorsed by singer Annie Lennox, STAY SAFE is a credible organisation, drawing big corporate sponsors such as local retailer Shoprite.
To date, this life skills programme has empowered more than 200 000 primary and secondary school learners with the practical skills of general safety and self-defence. In 2014 Shoprite agreed to the sponsorship of the STAY SAFE Women’s Roadshow for a contractual period of 18 months. This equipped more than 1800 women from previously disadvantaged areas with the practical skills of self-defence.
STAY SAFE is captained by Sanette Smit, author of The South African Woman’s Guide to Self Defence, a respected karate and self-defence practitioner with 40 years of experience. Sanette has dedicated her life to the empowerment of girls and women. She has conducted thousands of interviews with rape survivors over the years and has concluded that women need to be educated in terms of rape prevention and self-defence instruction. South African women want to fight back, they just need to be taught how to.
The STAY SAFE team of eight highly trained and experienced female self-defence practitioners is dedicated to the empowerment of women. On 13 January 2016 STAY SAFE was registered as a Non-Profit Organization (NPO), with an NPO No.: 164 -259, as well as a PBO No.: 930053306.