Can Do! Making the Impossible Possible 

Author Kevin Chaplin, Founder of SA Ubuntu Foundation and Managing Director of Amy Foundation

‘CAN’T!’ is not a word in Chaplin’s vocabulary. From humble beginnings he realised that the only way to change his world was to act ̶ a philosophy that has stood him good stead ever since, first with a 26 year-career in banking from which he took the bold step to establish the South African Ubuntu Foundation, and second to rescue the Amy Biehl Foundation (now Amy Foundation) from the brink of bankruptcy.

A lateral thinker, Chaplin’s success can be ascribed to an ability to see business and personal challenges as a means of motivation to generate creative and innovative ideas and ways of solving problems.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of CAN DO! will benefit The Amy Foundation.

Kevin stands tall as one of South Africa’s most visionary, selfless and unifying leaders. Brett Tollman, Chief Executive, The Travel Corporation 

I know Kevin to be a very determined and solution-driven person, who through commitment and very astute managerial skills, was able to ensure that the Amy Foundation would survive and thrive. Ahmed Kathrada, political activist, Rivonia trialist, ANC MP 

Kevin’s passion is infectious. He is a man whose mission is to leave this world a much better place than he found it. Philip Krawitz, Chairman, Cape Union Mart

Kevin’s enthusiasm and passion are what make him successful, along with the fact that he has very clear goals – all of which are key ingredients for success. Raymond Ackerman, former chairman, Pick n Pay 

PODCAST - Virtual Book Launch of CAN DO!

by Kevin Chaplin and Toby Shenker

Kevin Chaplin

Kevin Chaplin

Founder of SA Ubuntu Foundation and Managing Director of Amy Foundation

Kevin Chaplin grew up in KwaZulu Natal, spent 10 years in Gauteng before moving to Cape Town. He graduated with a BCom degree majoring in Accounts and Business Economics, an Associate Diploma in Banking and completed UCT’s Graduate School of Business Executive Management Programme.

Kevin was previously Provincial Manager, FNB Western Cape, prior to that Sales and Service Director Cape Town City; Director Finance, Human Resources & Admin First Commerce and National Industrial Relations Manager both based in Johannesburg.

As Sales and Service Director he turned the business around in 4 years…

After 26 years in banking, Kevin founded the South African Ubuntu Foundation, then took over the Amy Biehl Foundation on the brink of insolvency turning it into a thriving organization now called Amy Foundation.


Kevin Chaplin has dedicated many years of his working life to reconciliation and transformation, founding the South African Ubuntu Foundation in 2006 and becoming director of the Amy Biehl Foundation (now the Amy Foundation) for many years. Both have helped many South Africans live happier lives. SUSAN BENTLEY sat down with him and extracted a short but powerful message for us all.

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