Who We Are?
Thembalethu Development was founded in April 2002 as a non-profit company/ non-profit organisation with the aim of becoming the socioeconomic development agency of choice for the mining industry, government, the corporate private sector and international donors. We work in South Africa, Mozambique and Lesotho.
To be a client and beneficiary focused development agency of choice that always achieves its partners’ objectives through development services that meet global standards of quality, timeliness, cost-effectiveness and sustainable impact.
To render community focused interventions in collaboration with the strategic partners in an integrated and sustainable manner within the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Introduction to Thembalethu Development NPO
Thembalethu Development NPO was established in 2002 with the aim of becoming the socio-economic development agency of choice for the mining industry and other social partners such as business sector, government and international donors.
Thembalethu Development is one of the leading community development organisations in South Africa. We have a massive foot print in all the nine provinces and within the SADC region, particularly in Mozambique and Lesotho.
Thembalethu Development is well known in South Africa for successfully Implementing Local Economic Development and Job Creation Programmes such as the Community Work Programme and the Expanded Public Works Programme.
Other programmes we have implemented both in South Africa, Lesotho and Mozambique include the Community Based Health Programme; Social Infrastructure Programme; Water and Sanitation Programme; Social and Labour Plan Support Programme and we have also done Skills Development and Training.
Thembalethu Development has its head Office in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. We have provincial offices in the Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape. Other offices are in Mozambique and Lesotho.
Each project we implement, be it here in South Africa or Lesotho or Mozambique has a team of experienced and dedicated staff that is answerable to the Programmes Manager who in turn reports to the Managing Director. The Managing Director then reports to the Board of Directors.
Our Strategic Mandate
To become a development agency of choice that lobbies and advocates social partners for integration, mainstreaming and efficient implementation of development work. In particular:
- Initiate, conceptualise, design, implement, facilitate and coordinate development programmes.
- Monitor and evaluate development interventions and assess impact, and
- Report and engage with stakeholders.
- Social Infrastructure Programme
This involves social mobilisation of people, the provision of skills, work opportunities and provision of work opportunities to local businesses. Under this programme, 40 rural schools in South Africa, Lesotho and Mozambique have benefited through renovation of old classrooms and construction of new ones; water supply and refurbishment of old school furniture. 200 houses were built in the Eastern Cape and 50 people trained as Small Scale Contractors.
- Water and Sanitation Programme
The aim of this project is to improve community health through water and sanitation in rural villages and rural schools. Thembalethu Development provides safe water in remote rural areas through the repair of existing village water sources and creates new sources in selected communities. In Mozambique 100 community boreholes were repaired between 2003 and 2011.The repair of 100 boreholes per annum is continuing in Lesotho. In Johannesburg we are implementing a project on Community Engagement and Social Development services.
- Social and Labour Plan Support Programme
In this programme, Thembalethu Development provides the business community with credible verified projects that enable the investor to claim points towards their BBB-EE score cards in addition to contributing to good corporate citizenship. Among other approaches, we engage with municipalities, traditional leaders and other stakeholders to ensure that the Social Labour Plans (SLP) and associated community development projects are aligned with the needs and priorities as expressed in the municipal IDPs. We have assisted mining houses such as AngloGold Ashanti, Sibanye Gold, Northam Platinum, Exxaro in conceptualising and implementing SLP projects.
- Local Economic Development and Job Creation Programme
Thembalethu Development is an implementing agent for the government funded Community Work Programme (CWP) and Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). CWP is an employment safety net and an area-based programme in which opportunities for ‘useful work’ are identified locally through participatory processes. Implementation is in the three provinces of Gauteng, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape with an estimated participants enrolment of over 20 000.
EPWP provides an important avenue for labour absorption and income transfers to poor households in the short to medium-term. It is also a deliberate attempt by the public-sector bodies to use expenditure on goods and services to create work opportunities for the unemployed. EPWP Projects employ workers on a temporary or on-going basis either by government, by contractors, or by other non-governmental organisations under the Ministerial Conditions of Employment for the EPWP or learnership employment conditions. We have managed EPWP in Sedibeng District of Gauteng with over 400 work opportunities created and over 200 work opportunities created in the Northern Cape EPWP in Hantam and Ka! Gariep local Municipalities.
In Greater Taung Local Municipality in the North West Province we are implementing two projects to capacitate co-operatives doing vegetable farming and some doing goat farming.
- Community Based Health Programme
We created a Community-based health programme that is a direct response to the health needs of the most vulnerable population groups like mine workers, ex mine workers, migrant labourers, their families and the communities they interact with. The programme is also implemented in other area with high HIV prevalence in partnership with governments, the private sector, international donors and communities.
Thembalethu Development aims to address the individual, social and environmental drivers to health vulnerabilities through community dialogues, increasing availability, accessibility, acceptability of services that improve health, capacitating communities to address harmful cultural practices and helping communities to access basic needs, such as water and security.
In Mozambique we implemented a US$7 million USAID funded project from 2011 to 2016. It was a project on community-based response to HIV, TB, Malaria, family planning and needs of orphaned and vulnerable children. In South Africa we implemented an integrated TB, HIV, STI and Silicosis prevention and treatment support project funded by University Research Council and USAID. In Lesotho we implemented a community-based HIV prevention project in Leribe District.
- Agriculture and Food Security Programme
This programme helps empower communities through improved food security, health and nutrition, and thus contributes to integrated rural community development. We seek to improve conditions in rural and peri-urban areas through sustainable development and poverty alleviation using a sustainable livelihood approach.