Shoprite | Stay Safe Womens Roadshow

Did you know that, in South Africa, someone gets raped every four minutes? Another sad fact is that not all incidents are taken to the police and an even smaller percentage result in convictions. In 2013, for example, only 66 196 incidents were reported. Out of these cases, only 4500 led to perpetrators being imprisoned.

Self-defence workshops

Considering the state of violence against women in South Africa, Shoprite kicked off a series of free self-defence classes in June 2014. This initiative is done in collaboration with Sannette Smit, who is the highest graded woman in Karate in Africa. With her 8th Dan Black Belt status, Sannette and her capable team of self-defense instructors took to 12 different Western Cape communities with the goal of empowering women against violence.

What the workshops are about  

Sessions include talks on general safety awareness and self-protection, as well as hands-on training in self-defense techniques – ensuring that attendees are better equipped on both a mental and physical level. The workshops are 3 hours long and have taken place in areas such as Bredasdorp, Oudtshoorn, George, Beaufort West, Piketberg, Atlantis, Vredendal, Macassar, Ceres, Lentegeur, Khayelitsha and Fish Hoek. Each workshop has a potential intake of around 100 women, which means 1200 women could be reached through the programme annually.

See it in action

Get involved

Shoprite is committed to the safety of all women in our country and we are proud to sponsor the Stay Safe Women’s Road Show, making self-protection skills available to women in communities where violence against women happens regularly.

If you want more information, you can follow the campaign activities here or contact the Self-Defence office on 021 461 0036 from 14:00 daily. You can also email to or