What is Thuthuzela?

The Thuthuzela Aid Community Center is an orphanage and day-care centre that provides a place of safety for  abandoned, abused and neglected children. We have the vision to educate, care and develop the children in the center and give them a chance to enhance their future. The Thuthuzela team believe with guidance and some expertise we will be able to assist these children and make a difference,


Our Mission

  • To provide shelter, food  & a place of safety for neglected and abandoned children
  • To To help the community by providing day-care facilities to children of working families.
  • To assist with the promotion of community-based projects
  • To provide basic, pre-school education to children under school-going age.
  • To provide comfort, support and care to children infected with, and those affected by, HIV/AIDS.


Thuthuzela Initiative

Established in 2005 by Elizabeth Monyela – a selfless woman whose passion for taking care of abandoned and neglected children coupled with the pain of seeing children being neglected in her community – prompted her to establish Thuthuzela, initially just as an orphanage that provided a place of safety for vulnerable children in the Alexandra community. The ages of the children which were cared for at the orphanage, ranged from infants to those of school-going age and providing a place of safety included, amongst other things, creation and provision of meals, basic pre-school education and counselling to these children.


Today, Thuthuzela runs a fully fledged day-care centre, in addition to the continued running of the orphanage. We are currently home to a number of children and teenagers who have been removed.  Over 40 children from the community attend the day-care centre which provides them all with meals and basic pre-school education to the children living at the orphanage and other young children from the Alexandra community while the older children attend school. With education and counselling being a primary focus area, Thuthuzela is also an active contributor in the community through an outreach program whereby any excess resources and supplies, which are not immediately required by it, are distributed to community organisations and other individuals in need.


Our Team

We have a dedicated team maintaining and running our home. The staff that we employ have great pride and Thuthuzela has plans to expand its operation to assist a greater number of children and to broaden the spectrum of services that it provides to these children and the community in general. In particular, the following future initiatives are envisioned:

  • Professional training and “upskilling” of current staff, including the hiring of additional staff as and when the need arises.
  • The hiring of professional counsellors and psychologists to form part of the full time staff complement.
  • Providing professional career advice, mentorship and life coaching to school-going children.


Day-care Center

The Day Care facility is open to children from a few months old to six years of age. Most of these children come from financially disadvantaged families who are busy working to try and support their children and are not able to look after them during the day (and sometimes late into the evening). Our staff are doing their utmost best to give the children a foundation of education and to provide individualised attention particularly to the really young children. There are over forty children, from Marlboro Avenue and Alexandra Township, benefiting from the facility and Thuthuzela’s Early Childhood Development programme. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided every day to these children.


How Can I Help?

We do not receive funding from government but rely heavily on donations from caring corporates and individuals

Thuthuzela is registered as: (i) a non-profit organisation (NPO) and; (ii) a public benefit organisation (PBO).

  • NPO Status
    • Thuthuzela was registered as an NPO in terms of the Non-profit Organisations Act, 71 of 1997 (the NPO Act) with the NPO Directorate in March 2007.
    • The NPO Act is designed to increase public and donor confidence by introducing additional reporting and governance requirements. Once a non-profit has registered as an NPO, the NPO Directorate has the authority to monitor the operations of the organisation.
      • PBO Status
  • Thuthuzela was approved and registered as a PBO in terms of the Income Tax Act, 58 of 1962 with the Commissioner of SARS in May 2013.
  • By virtue of this registration, Thuthuzela is exempt from payment of various taxes including donations tax.
  • In addition, Thuthuzela has been registered in terms of section 18A of the Income Tax Act. This allows any South African taxpayer who makes donations to Thuthuzela to deduct a portion of the amount donated from their own taxable income.
    • BEE Status

All of the children at Thuthuzela are ‘Black People’ (as such term is defined in the Codes of Good Practice, issued in terms of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Act, 53 of 2003. Accordingly, 100% of any donation to Thuthuzela (in cash or in kind) can be counted towards the socio-economic development element on the applicable BEE Scorecard (5 to 12 scorecard points depending on the sector). The compliance target is currently 1% of NPAT.

Become a Thuthuzela supporter by donating:

Thuthuzela Aid Community Center (TACC) is a Non- profit Organization (NPO) registered in March 2007. (No: 053-733- NPO)

Donate Money

1.         Direct Transfer

ABSA bank

Balfour Park Branch

Account Number: 9184795126

2.         Payfast

Please go to https://www.payfast.co.za/donate/go/thuthuzelaaidcommunitcentre and donate through PayFast.



The Early Childhood Development programme entails the employment a trained teacher who submits reports which are assessed for proper lesson planning. They are regulated monthly to keep with the expectations of the Early Childhood Development learning programme.

On a yearly basis, the center is preparing for a number of children who will be registering for their first year at school and  up-skilling them to place them on an even footing to other, less disadvantged children attending their first year of school.