The trauma of a burns injuries can leave families feeling helpless and alone. The first few days after a burns trauma is usually a rollercoaster of emotions and worry before reality sinks in. U matter is a parent and peer support group for burn survivors in South Africa.

VISION: Umatter creates positive experiences to build self-esteem, inspire dreams and ignite possibilities among burn survivors. Using storytelling as a tool to help families heal.

Who Can become a Member?

U matter membership is for anyone affected by burn injuries in South Africa, this could be:

Meet the Team

The U matter support team is empowered by Clinical Psychologist Itumeleng Khutlang as well as Trauma Councillor and Smile Friends Coordinator Kereeditswe Mankaye. Our very own Tebogo Tsotetsi has an inspirational story of courage and hope in the face of adversity. Tebogo wants to give back to all South African burn survivors by supporting them on their journey to healing and recovery. See below for info about Tebogo.


U MATTER – LEAD SUPPORT MOM: Tebogo Tsotetsi On 18 July 2014 Tebogo’s life changed forever. On her family’s return from a church concert late on a cold winter’s night they turned on a heater in her children’s bedroom to warm it up before going to bed. Five minutes later when they returned to switch off the heater the room was in flames. The youngest of her sons, Kutlwano passed away from smoke inhalation and her eldest Molemo has endured so many surgeries she has lost count, she thinks it’s over 14 surgeries.

Feel free to contact Tebogo directly on 074 403 0231

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Benefits of becoming a member of the U matter burns survivor support group include:

To benefit from all that U matter offers simply complete the membership form here:

There is no cost to be- coming a member of U matter, all you have to do is complete the form and you will be added to the growing burns community in South Africa.

Contact Us: To find out more about Smile Friends and how to connect with our parents and peer support groups Contact our Programme Manager, Helena Cullis on 082 393 1206 or email