Who We Are

Thembalethu Development was founded in April 2002 as a non-profit company/non-profit organisation with the aim of becoming the socio-economic development agency of choice for the mining industry, government, the corporate private sector and international donors. We work in South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland. 
Company Registration No. 2002/007362/08
NPO Registration No: 044-791-NPO
PBO Registration No: 18/11/13/1627 

Our Vision

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.

Our Mission

To render community focused interventions in collaboration with the strategic partners in an integrated and sustainable manner within the Southern African Development Community (SADC).


Women are key role players of food production and earners of household income; all they need is access to information, technology, land and agricultural inputs. Some women in Mohale’s Hoek Lesotho have done just that. With little income from sale of vegetable bundles from keyhole gardens, they were able to maintain their gardens by buying seeds for rotational planting. The production was very good from these small gardens, and they decided to increase the number of gardens around their homes. The idea of Savings & Credit was introduced and was established thereafter.

‘’We are members of Falimehang Women Savings & Credit Group.  The group has twelve (12) members of ages from 48 years to 86 years; it was established in January 2014. Our aim is to establish a district abattoir for slaughtering of chickens and pigs and supply local and outside market with meat products; the facility will support small emerging farmers with market and also encourage self-reliance for women and youth."

These ladies were trained and supported by four Centers of Excellence established in 2015/2016 by Thembalethu Development in Mohale’s Hoek, with funding from Anglo American and the Zenzele Itereleng Trust. 


Events / Highlights


Food Gardens

By December 2015 Thembalethu Development in the Gauteng Province established over 21 food gardens across 4 sites, these food gardens are located in old age homes, schools, crèches and municipal owned land. The fruits and vegetables are harvested by the CWP participants and assist the community ,mainly school children with fresh nutritious meals during and after school. Read More...