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  • In the spirit of UBUNTU.    " You can’t exist as a human being in isolation” This quote from Archbishop Desmond.
  • Timbavati Foundation Environmental School.    inviting learners to environmental education awareness programs at the bush school camp


"You can’t exist as a human being in isolation”  

The Timbavati Foundation, which was registered in 2010, is an independent Capital Trust Fund and has its vision firmly rooted in the spirit of Ubuntu. Ubuntu, one of the founding principles of the new South Africa and a concept that exemplifies both Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, encapsulates the true essence of being a human.

According to Nelson Mandela Ubuntu is about generosity, the need for unity and for a humanitarian ethic to inform our decisions.  “It doesn’t mean you should not enrich yourself; but whether what you do enables the community around you to improve.” The Zulu maxim umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu (from which the word Ubuntu is derived) means a person is a person through other persons. The Archbishop further explains it brilliantly: “Ubuntu speaks about our interconnectedness and the fact that you cannot exist as a human being in isolation. We are not just individuals separated from one another; what we do affects others which in turn affects the whole world.”



and Environmental Awareness. The Timbavati Foundation is actively involved in the Timbavati bush school and various sustainability programmes

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Community Upliftment

and Social Care of people living in communities surrounding the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, also forms an integral part of the foundation’s mandate.

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The Bush School was established within the Timbavati Private Nature reserve in 2001 , and has since become a project of the Timbavati Foundation.

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Health Care

The Timbavati Foundation is committed to supporting health care facilities such as the Phelwana clinic situated in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve.

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