About Us

About Us

Zanethemba is all about making investments in the lives of the children and youth on a consistent and daily basis.
They’re investments that bring hope, love and change in the lives of those who live in areas at risk.
We have been implementing programmes aimed at the safety and well being of vulnerable children and youth in underserved areas of Port Elizabeth since 2008. View our NPO Certificate here

Zanethemba is a safe place for children who have been abandoned, abused, neglected or orphaned.
Our Zanethemba Safe Haven is a Temporary Safe Care Facility for young children from newborn to 6 years old.
We have children in our care who have been neglected, abandoned, orphaned or abused.
All children are placed in our care by Social Workers, from various organisations, by means of a court order. The children remain in our care until a permanent solution can be worked out for their situation.
We work hand-in-hand with the Department of Social Development and various Child Welfare Organisations.

Where do the children go?
When children leave our Haven, depending on their unique set of circumstances, they are either reunited with their biological parents, fostered by a biological family member (like an aunt or granny), placed in foster care with non-family foster parents, adopted or placed in a children’s home.

Our values
We value a family environment for the children. We believe every child is wonderful and fearfully made by our Heavenly Father and we see it as our task to protect the uniqueness of the child, to provide the tools necessary to aid the development of the child and to create an environment in which the child can prosper whilst feeling loved and wanted.

meet our amazing team

Catherine van Rensburg


Laurelle Petersen


Office Manager

Thabisa Caroline Mangaliso


Head Caregiver

Wendy Vennesa Sylvester

“Mama Wendy”


Nomtha Matshingana

“Maka Phawu”


Simamkele Liyema Tyala



sandiswa Bangani Skali



Blessing Mataka



Bethany Oliphant



Our Founders

Our foundation aims to bring hope into the lives of people in a desperate situation. We do this by supporting volunteers and their projects. A network of enthusiastic people supporting the work in the Netherlands. View their website here

Our sponsors

We also like to honour the following sponsors for their faithful donations. We are grateful for your involvement in our Charity Foundation:

 intercare_logoIntercare (Kings Court)
pathcare PathCare
 Signage KDaKDA
Kruger-Duxbury Automation
Focus Inc
 Avis Van Rentals
Just Property