Carl was born in Cape Town during the Apartheid era. As a ‘coloured person’ in the old South Africa, Carl has first-hand experience with some of the struggles and inequalities that South Africans have faced and still face today. However Carl was blessed with a family who sacrificed much to ensure he received a good education. After finishing high school and without funds to study further Carl found work at a law firm through friends at his church. He began working as a messenger and slowly worked his way up to become the assistant to the firm’s senior partner, under whose guidance he began studying law.
Carl grew up around people who desired to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. His father works for the Red Cross Society and Carl, when deciding to study law, believed that he could use law to aid the work of people like his father. However, while studying law, Carl realized that what he really wanted to do was create an organization that would make a true difference in the lives of the less fortunate in Cape Town – and so Sizisa Ukhanyo was born.
Carl began to search for partnerships and this search took him to Europe, where he formed a partnership with a university in Holland. Here, he met his Dutch associate, Anne De Roo, who is responsible for heading up Sizisa Ukhanyo in Holland.
Many people have been known to fall in love with Cape Town at first sight. And once the MotherCityfinds their way into one’s heart, she is quite sure to settle there. For born-and-bred Capetonian, Carl Davis, Founder and Executive Director of Sizisa Ukhanyo, it isn’t just the City itself that has captured his heart but her people too.
Sizisa Ukhanyo (‘We bring light’) is a social development organization that stands apart from others like it because it considers how best to serve the needs of both the students who get involved as well as Cape Town and her people.
Sizisa Ukhanyo is an organization that cares. We like to think of Sizisa Ukhanyo as a diverse family that cares deeply about everyone involved. We believe that this attitude will attract like-minded students who are passionate about bringing positive change to the lives of the less fortunate in Cape Town.