The Thanda Foundation Trust was established in 2005 in order to focus attention on the socio-economic upliftment of impoverished communities in South Africa, and in particular, the needs of the three neighbouring Tribal Authority Communities affected by Thanda.
The Trust primarily focuses on job creation, on HIV/Aids education, awareness and prevention programmes and the conservation of wilderness areas as well as conservation research initiatives. Additionally, the Trust also focuses on the promotion and preservation of the cultural heritage of the Zulu Nation.
The focus of the Foundation is also on seeking worthwhile community projects that could be funded and that will have a positive and meaningful impact on the local area.
In January 2006, the Foundation, in partnership with Thanda Safari, launched a conservation research Programme that monitors elephants, cheetahs, lion, leopards and previously wild dogs.
The Thanda Foundation has also sponsored national projects such as the Nelson Mandela Statue erected at the Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton and the Hector Pieterson Memorial Statue erected at the Maponya Mall in Soweto.
Thanda is a founding member of Project Rhino KZN and actively involved in its efforts. Project Rhino is an association of like-minded organisations allowing collective co-ordination of rhino conservation interventions, which are aimed at eliminating rhino poaching and securing the rhino population in KwaZulu Natal. Thanda has set up a rhino protection unit on the reserve and the adjoining Mduna Royal Reserve whose staff are well equipped and trained.
The Thanda Foundation also support Free Market Foundation’s Khaya Lam (My Home) Land Reform Project. Khaya Lam means “My Home”, which is what people in usually say when they have a title deed to the home they live in. This is a claim at least 20 million South Africans cannot make because their families have never owned a home. Instead many face the reality that the home they have lived in for generations could be lawfully taken away from them at any time. The Khaya Lam Land Reform Project is working to make home-ownership a reality for these thousands of South African families. Apart from the purely humanitarian consideration, we know from long experience that home-ownership is probably the best investment one could make in national security and in the long-term development of the country.