* Improve the emotional wellbeing of children and caregivers affected by crisis in Southern Africa and around the world through humor, laughter, and play. *Raise our society's awareness domestically and internationally about conditions encountered in areas of crisis. * Provide professional development and empowerment opportunities to local artists and improve community based organizations' capacity to provide emotional relief. * Maintain a spirit of creativity, play, humour, joy, peace, compassion, and loving kindness in all our endeavors.

Welcome to Clowns Without Borders South Africa!

Welcome! Siyakwemukela! Welkom! Kamohelo!

Clowns Without Borders South Africa is an artist-led humanitarian organisation dedicated to improving the psychosocial condition of children and communities in areas of crisis through laughter and play.

We also seek to raise our society’s awareness of conditions in these areas.

Founded in 2004, Clowns Without Borders South Africa has implemented more than 800 interventions with performances and arts-based workshops for over 375,000 children and families.

Countries where we have worked include South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Sweden, Lithuania, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.

CWB-South Africa maintains a spirit of peace, joy, compassion and loving kindness in all of our endeavours.

Please feel free to browse our website to find out more information about Projects, Partners, Press, and ways you can support our work! 

Thank you! Siyabonga! Dankie! Rea Leboha! 


Latest news

  • 1 day 13 hours ago
    Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) is seeking a Western Cape based Afrikaans speaking workshop facilitator. The candidate will work as a co-facilitator for CWBSA’s Our Story Your Story (OSYS) project as an Independent Contractor. CWBSA (www.cwbsa.org) is an artist-led humanitarian organisation dedicated to improving the psychosocial condition of children and communities in areas of crisis through laughter and play.
  • 15 weeks 3 days ago

    Clowns Without Borders is excited to announce the launch of the Team Tarbaby produced film of Our Story Your Story's intergenerational autobiographical storytelling workshop.

    This film captures our RMB funded project in 2015 that brought together elders from Ikamva Labantu's Masiphumelele Senior Club and youth from the Harambee Youth Accelerator to to discover the magic of connecting through life stories.

  • 16 weeks 1 day ago

    Ever wanted to learn to be funny? 

  • 26 weeks 2 days ago
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    Ever wanted to learn to be funny?


    Clowns without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) are looking for a range of artists wanting to develop their clowning skills and social upliftment engagement through an intensive 3 day workshop.


  • 28 weeks 3 days ago

    Clowns Without Borders is thrilled to announced our newest addition to the team, Jayne Batzofin, who is officially joining our organisation as Artistic Director. After many years directing clown shows and being on tours herself, we are excited to have her on board in this more formally funny capacity.


  • 22 weeks 6 days ago
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    Playing under the Baobab tree

    Second to last Ntcheu show at Gomani Village, we play on the top of a hill bathed by the light of the setting sun, next to a huge Baobab tree. Our show becomes more honed smooth and fun with the audience and the audience cheers and laughs with us. In the end the atmosphere in the audience is peaceful, open, and listening. Then, like after all the shows there is an burst of desire to come and play with us. We get out the hula hoops and the jump rope and the party continues.

  • 23 weeks 2 days ago
    We heard from our South African Clown Sibusiso Khambule about his reflections of the Project Chimwemwe, but here are some thoughts and reflections from Our Belgium Clowns from Clowns et Magiciens sans Frontieres Belgique.
  • 24 weeks 2 days ago
    It’s the end of our first week in Malawi already? Wow! Time flies when you working with highly enthusiastic people. It has been a week filled with lots of CHIMWEMWE (happiness and joy)!!! The spirit is so high, working with kind-hearted artists from CWB Belgium and the YONECO cultural troupe, who have kept their hearts and smiles open to this partnership since the first day.
  • 25 weeks 2 days ago

    Jambo, muli bwanji, hello, buon giorno from Malawi! Binini, Banana, Naartjie and Mrs Maluwa (meaning flower in Chichewa) have been rehearsing for the last 2 days with 16 members of the YONECO cultural troupe in Malawi. The result is an eclectic afromix of Malawian, Swazi, South African, British and American clowns, musicians and dancers.


  • 1 year 26 weeks ago

    One word for the Jubalation tour in Juba, South Sudan: Wow!

    The tour was intense. It was taxing both emotionally and physically but my energy and willingness to keep going came from the good team spirit amongst my fellow clowns, the supportive Terre des Hommes (TdH) staff members and last, but not least, the undying willingness of our beneficiaries to engage in our activities.

Please explore the Clowns Without Borders organizations in other countries.

Clowns et Magicians Sans Frontieres Belgium Clowns Sans Frontieres France Clowns Without Borders Australia Klovnit Ilman Rajoja Clowns Clowns Without Borders Ireland Payasos Sin Fronteras Spain Clowner utan Granser Sweden Clowns Without Borders United States Clowns Sans Frontieres Canada
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