Reclaiming Ubuntu for a better society


The annual Ubuntu initiative seeks to uphold the legacy of our former statesman and global icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela by carrying and emulating the values of Ubuntu to make a difference in our communities. This project promotes values that underpin Mandela’s legacy. ‘I am because you are, and you are because I am’ – which means no man is an island.

The NHC wants to support your Ubuntu idea and initiative. Non-profit making organisations can apply to receive support for their Ubuntu initiative during this global COVID19 pandemic.

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The purpose of Ubuntu initiatives project is to extend the Mandela Day into a Mandela Year by doing good for those that are less fortunate. Through this initiative, the NHC will provide support to one project in each of the nine provinces. Applicants are therefore invited to apply for support that can be utilized for purposes of contributing towards the betterment of the lives of the less fortunate. 

Who can participate?

  • Registered NPO / NPCs involved in community social services.






  • Organisation’s relevant and valid registration documents (registration and valid tax clearance certificates, active bank account)
  • A proposal (maximum 4 pages) which includes the following information:
  • Name of the NPO or NPC, NPO number, province in which they are located and operating and contact details;
  • The background of the NPO (stating what it does as an organisation)
  • A list of requirements of the NPO (what assistance it needs)
  • Information about the beneficiaries
  • The impact of the organisation’s donation in the community i.e. how is the project going to curb the challenges they are faced with in their communities


Examples of requirements/areas of assistance/ needs areas from NPOs could be: School shoes/uniforms; food parcels; clothing; sanitary towels; reading / material etc.

. The successful community organisation should be willing to sign a contract with the National Heritage Council to adhere to the entity’s requirements; complete and sign all the compulsory documents (SBD forms); submit reports and invoices post-implementation.

For enquiries, please contact the Heritage Unit: (082) 899 7503


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