Many people flock to the City, desperately hoping for a job. Germiston is an industrial hub and hosts 112 plus squatter camps filled with disillusioned, broken people. Out of the Box are passionate about changing their lives, eradicating poverty and creating a future for them and their family.

Home based businesses – the parents are there with their children, preventing crime, drugs and gangs whilst providing for the family.

The SKILLS taught at Out of the Box

  • Beading and Jewellery Making
  • Business Admin (SETA  Accredited)
  • Computer Literacy (SETA Accredited)
  • Financial Management
  • Knitting
  • Screen-printing
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Sewing
  • Shoe making
  • Woodwork

We need a converted container with a kitchen/training space.  Catering Training created many small businesses in the past, but we no longer have access to a kitchen.

Literacy and Life Skills Training partners required, please.

We use “hands-on” teaching methods, which have proved successful.

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We form core groups of graduated students, obtaining work contracts for them such as CMT work for the graduated sewers, woodwork contracts for the graduated carpenters, and so on. These core groups also produce their own work, which we market on their behalf through the internet, fairs, exhibitions, corporate gifting requests and various markets. Small businesses are started and run through the centre, creating permanent jobs for the community.


Nina Venjakob, Founder and CEO. Her passion is to create jobs, build futures and to establish small businesses.  She established Dreams in 1989, Ditoro in 1992 and Out of the Box in 2005.  Out of the Box works with 112 Squatter Camps and Townships at present.    ‘We teach skills to people who have given up hope and help them to run a small business from home, so that they are with their families and keep their children off the streets – away from gangs and drugs.   We also teach computer skills, office readiness and business admin to school-leavers (and adults) so that they will be better equipped to seek employment’.

Lin Insel joined Out of the Box in January 2015 on a fulltime basis as Admin and Finance Manager and has also been appointed as a Director.   Lin has been teaching sewing at the centre since its inception in 2005, and continues to do so along with her other duties.   Lin has had many years’ experience in the corporate admin and financial sectors and she also ran her own dressmaking business for 10 years.

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We cannot do it without your help.  In order to skill people, create jobs, build futures, Out of the Box needs YOUR expertise and assistance.  In return, we will make your BBBEE score look very impressive; we will give you more positive exposure than money can buy elsewhere; we will take care of your Corporate Social Investment headaches, and you will be giving under-privileged South Africans an opportunity to achieve a future. On top of that, your donation is tax deductible. We also qualify as an EME at Level 1.


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You can deduct your donation from SARS – we issue an 18A certificate.


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