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).


Ms Dimakatso from Ward 11 Lesedi site stated that the programme has brought hope to the community participants. The program has changed her life, especially now that she doesn’t need to depend on anyone to support her, her children and her siblings. She believes that she can grow in the program and hopefully exit the program for better opportunities. She also stated that she enjoys working for CWP. She enjoys working with people and keeping the community clean, promoting respect and cleanliness.

Events / Highlights

Mr. van der Byl

In September 2010 Shaun van der Byl saw adverts in the local newspapers in Riemvasmaak for Supervisors and Administrators. He applied for both posts but when 2 weeks went by without him being contacted, he decided to register as a normal participant on the Community Work Programme (CWP) which was being launched in that area. In the period October 2010 to January 2011, he worked hard doing mostly cleaning and greening for R400 per month. He attended 2 trainings. Read More...

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...