Working with Economic Development Department (DEDAT) and the Work Skills Programme (WSP), UBUNTU TOUCH PROJECT is helping improve workplace wellness across South Africa. 

Reducing workplace stress for a better bottom line. Can you afford the cost of stress related absenteeism and ill-health in your business?

“Companies are losing more than R12 billion annually due to absenteeism in South Africa. According to Stats SA, in 2000, 0.7 million workers were absent from work, which is a fraction compared to the 397% leap it took up until 2012. A third of public sector workers were absent for health reasons, compared to 9.2% of private sector workers.” –, October 2012

It’s a simple equation: if your staff are healthy, your business is healthy. If you can reduce your staff stress levels, you can reduce absenteeism and improve productivity. And when you do that, you increase your bottom line.


Why Ubuntu Touch?

We support your business and improve your bottom line by reducing employee stress in the workplace. We support the economy by creating jobs. We support communities by developing skills. In short, we’re redefining wellness in your workplace to improve the economic wellness of our communities. And it can all be funded by your corporate social investment programmes.



Working with DEDAT, and the Work and Skills Program in the Western Cape, we’re creating a perfect circle of wellness.

Step 1:    We train women from disadvantaged communities in corporate chair massage.

Step 2:    WSP places interns into your organisation because you want to reduce employee stress.

Step 3:    Our interns visit you four days a week for 9 months. They offer relaxing, stress-relieving head, neck and shoulder massages to your employees at their desks.

Step 4:    Your employees feel restored and energised. Their productivity and all-round morale is increased. Costs of R50 a massage can be borne by your company or shared with staff.

Step 5:    Your staff churn and absenteeism is reduced. Your business productivity and bottom line is improved. Team morale soars.

Step 6:    At the end of their internship, our interns will have a nationally recognised accreditation and also the experience they need to find — or create — jobs in a tough economic climate. You may even want to take one or two in yourself, as some of our clients have done before — to great effect.

Step 7:    Our graduates have the skills and training to help them improve the lives of their families and communities. You have healthier staff and a healthier bottom line.

Our rates are competitive. Our interns are professionals. Our results are proven. 



• Increased mental wellness
• Increased energy and resilience
• Increased life and job satisfaction
• Reduced stress and depression
• Reduced absenteeism
• Meeting labour legislation requirements
• Improved industrial relations
• Increased employee performance and productivity
• Reduced workers compensation claims, lower health insurance costs, medical aid savings



• R500 monthly fee
• R50 per massage, minimum of 10 per day
• Cost-sharing options with staff
• Admin Reporting & Monitoring System with Feedback and invoicing based on usage
• ED/CSI model options with sponsorship training fee options to reduce treatment rates
• Exit strategy options for companies to include discounts and specialised training


• Enrol by September 2013 with Work and Skills Program/DEDAT
• Program runs from November 2013 for 6 months with extra 3 month optional
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