The Somali Association of South Africa (SASA) was founded in 1996 as the first refugee-led
community organisation in South Africa.
Today, SASA provides Advocacy and Development projects (Adult Education, Youth and
Women Projects) to around 122,300 beneficiaries across the country.
SASA runs two offices (Cape Town and Pretoria) and has representatives in Gqeberha (formerly
Port Elizabeth), Durban, North West and Northern Cape. SASA was started to improve

integration between South Africans and people who are migrants, refugees and asylum-
seekers. It also aims to liaise with the South African government and civil society organisations

to help the Somali community.
SASA is a founding member, and currently sits as chair, of the South African Refugee Led


People who are refugees, asylum-seekers or migrants are self-reliant and fully integrated into South African society.