The Thanda Foundation Trust was established to engage with the socio-economic, educational, and developmental needs of the three tribal communities neighbouring Thanda Safari in the Umkhanyekude District. As well as to address the critical unemployment crisis currently facing South Africa and to raise awareness of various conservation initiatives. The Trust supports several community-based projects, serves as a fundraising vehicle, and has spearheaded the Stars at Work job creation initiative in collaboration with Star for Life.
The Trust is a founding member of Project Rhino KZN, an anti-poaching and conservation collaboration between KwaZulu-Natal’s leading conservation agencies and provincial game reserves, provincial government bodies, private rhino owners and anti-poaching security specialists.
The #ChasingZero collaboration with the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation aims to initiate a targeted global awareness campaign to reduce rhino horn consumption, raise funds for a national youth education campaign and to support game reserves and communities in Zululand.
The Thanda Lions Football Team is funded through the Trust and predominantly comprises unemployed youth from the Umkhanyekude region. In addition to soccer coaching, it assists the players with personal development and education.
In collaboration with FC Rosengård the Trust supports a second sporting project, Football for Life by FC Rosengård which helps to empower young women.