About Us 2018-03-08T09:05:14+00:00

POPUP (People Upliftment Programme) established at the end of 1999, has a holistic approach to the upliftment of under-privileged communities. Since 2005 POPUP has operated a fully-fledged skills training and development centre to ensure independence, restoration and true upliftment of individuals through market-related, cost-effective training.

POPUP has developed several programmes over the years to ensure the fulfilment of the individual’s needs – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual.

As an organisation, POPUP is in a position where we are giving hope to thousands of people as a result of our successful skills programmes. People are given opportunities to obtain skills which will enable them to find employment or start their own enterprise and rise from the terrible conditions caused by poverty and other circumstances such as a crime and addiction.


POPUP’s vision is to transform lives and uplift individuals to impact their world. We firmly believe that transformation takes place from a holistic point of view, impacting the heart and mind of the person in such a way as to transform them from the inside out, resulting in a changed person who can positively impact their immediate surroundings; their households, extended families, communities and the country at large.


POPUP provides services to any person living in Tshwane and surrounding areas, regardless of race, culture, gender or religion. POPUP’s main centre is situated in Salvokop, Pretoria and expanded to a second centre in Soshanguve in 2012.

POPUP requires that potential learners should be between 18 and 45 years of age, unemployed, with no access to tertiary education.  Potential learners should be able to read, write and speak English, which is the primary language of tuition.

The vast majority of POPUP’s learners connect with POPUP through word of mouth and arrive at POPUP searching for a better life and a future.  Our aim is that after completing their journey with POPUP, they return to their communities as restored individuals, equipped to face life and its challenges, with a renewed hope and self-confidence.


POPUP’s primary offering is skills development and training; in order to ensure the learner’s holistic development, POPUP also includes social support services, spiritual growth and counselling.