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Recognising that something has to change for the better, the Thabo Community Action Trust (TCAT) was established for the benefit, welfare, maintenance and development of the people of Thaba'Nchu and Botshabelo areas in the Free State Province.

Our aims are:

  • The maintenance and improvement of land/structures within these communities;
  • The construction, reconstruction, renovation, repair, alteration, extension, improvement or demolition of buildings or improvements; and
  • The development of industrial, educational, health, commercial and housing facilities within these areas.


The Thabo Community Action Trust has supported many projects in and around Thaba’Nchu and Botshabelo and these have had a positive impact on the communities . In Thaba Nchu, Moroka Hospital and Mmabana Cultural Center have been beneficiaries, while in Botshabelo, we have supported the Botshabelo Hospital.

The Trust focuses on  three channels for impact which are:

1) Enterprise/Community/Economic Development – The ROOTS Trader Club

2) Community Welfare – Charities looking after the elderly and orphaned children

3) Community Upliftment.- ROOTS YOUTH and the ROOTs Academy

Background and Insight Gathering Report

At the start of 2010 The Thabo Community Action Trust (TCAT)  partnered with The Culture Corporation to survey in detail the status of the communities in the Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu areas of the Free State – commonly known as the Thabelo Region. They embarked on a 4 day intensive fact-finding mission to find out what people were thinking and doing, so as to best work out how to help stimulate growth in the area and make it really sustainable! The insights gathered have been invaluable.

They have led to the identification of areas of industry that are growing and can be assisted to develop their potential. These include – food and beverage retail, sewing, carpentry, upholstery cleaning, small-scale farming, childcare, and micro-retailing.

Meet Our Team

Johan Oosthuizen

Johan Oosthuizen


Rev. Sam Chaka

Rev. Sam Chaka


Dr. Elizabeth Maibi

Dr. Elizabeth Maibi



The Trust has Partners/Stakeholders with whom they work with in order to fulfil its mandate and they include the following:

  • Department of Social Development
  • Natural Balance
  • Small Enterprise Development Agency
  • Free State Development Corporation
  • Free State Gambling Board
  • World Vision
  • Bloemfontein Chamber of Commerce
  • Department of Trade and Industry
  • SETA


Development, Welfare and Upliftment

Drop In Centres

 The Thabo Community Action Trust is very proud of the drop-in centres that were both completed towards the end of 2014. Two pilot sites were identified, the first being just a few km’s away from Thaba’Nchu at the small rural village of Gladstone and the second in Section K, Botshabelo.

After research within the communities, the insights gained show the need for infrastructure for the care of Orphans and Vulnerable children, the Aged, and as importantly, Care for the caregivers in these environments themselves.

The Drop-in Centres serve the community as;

  • a place for the Aged to have a day centre, get care, lunch, socialise with peers
  • a place for children/ orphan pre-school care; to get proper daily meal, homework supervision and after school care
  • a local support base for the various Home Based Care organisations; dependent on their needs, but a central support centre to enable then to operate more efficiently, in the diverse sections
  • Care for the care-giver to be run from the Centres, as well as up to date training
    Be a central point for community skills development training, if and when needed

TCAT has funded the capital requirements of setting up both centers and its infrastructures, approximately R 800,000 for each centre. A Modulised approach was decided upon, using specially converted containers, so as to be able to utilise the more abundant land available to non-permanent structural development.

The existing Home Based Care organisation Boikhuco Aged Society manages and runs the Gladstone Drop-in Centre. The second Drop-in Centre in Section K, Botshabelo is run in partnership with the NPO Kgaugelo-Ya-Sechaba.

Both these centres have become cornerstones in their communities and are well known far and wide for the great work they are doing in the community. The centre in Botshabelo specifically, are closely involved with the schools in the surrounding area, to identify children and to assist with tutoring after school. 

Moola for Waste

The Moola for Waste initiative in Botshabelo serves the community through exchanging waste for food. Any item that can be recycled is accepted at the centre. The recyclables are weighed and captured on the system which gives a slip to the customer to be used for food purchases in the shop. The centre services nearly 2000 members on a regular basis. If they do not want to buy immediately, a credit can be built up, and they can come back at a later stage to purchase food from the store. This initiative has not only created employment, but the local community is educated in the value of waste why it is important to recycle. Not only to receive food in exchange but on the environmental impact aswell. There has been a significant reduction in the amount of waste lying around in the immediate surrounds of the centre and the nearby sections. We thank each and every member of the community who contributes to making the Moola for Waste centre a roaring success.



A Wonderbag is a thermally insulated bag into which a cook transfers a pot that has been heated on a stove. The food continues to cook while the stove is no longer in use thus saving fuel. The bag is made from Poly Cotton fabric and expanded polystyrene balls/foam as insulator. Using the wonderbag 2-3 times per week saves approximately:

  • 1.6 litres of paraffin per week

  • 13 kWh of electricity per week

  • 500 kg of carbon per year

The project was started in Botshabelo on 2 April 2012 after training 7 sewing women who formed a co-operative. It operated from factory no. 40 in Orange Street and created about 300 jobs.

Wonderbags were distributed freely to the needy communities of Botshabelo and Thaba’Nchu, and they were sold far and wide. Even though the project has come to an end, TCAT is still proud of this initiative which brought change to many peoples lives – Not only the sewing groups that were involved in the manufacturing, but also the individuals that were lucky enough to receive one of these bags. 



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How Can You Be Involved?

The Trust Manager, Thabo Community Action Trust

Anyone who has any suggestions that would help the Trust to further its purpose of job creation can forward them to the following email address: trustmanager@thabotrust.com.

The Trust Manager, Thabo Community Action Trust



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T: +27 (0) 72 570 3172

Thaba Nchu & Botshabelo Region South Africa

Funding Criteria

In order to apply for funding from the Thabo Trust, the following criteria needs to be adhered to:

• The Thabo Community Action Trust (TCAT) was established for the benefit, welfare, maintenance and development of the people of the Thaba Nchu and Botshabelo areas.
• The benefit is intended to include the general upliftment and development as determined by the Trustees
• Any community/organisation which may be identified by the Trustees in their discretion as a community/organisation in need of assistance or upliftment

• Resides in Botshabelo/Thaba Nchu
• Allign and adhere to the scope of the TCAT deed mandate
• Are sustainable
• Are based or will be operating in the Botshabelo/Thaba Nchu region
• Are of benefit to the community and not just an individual
• Are of an empowerment nature (Skills, Education, Disability upliftment)
• Stakeholders and the project purpose is credible
• Are a registered entity
• Meet the requirements of becoming a registered entity (NPO/NPO/Section 21)
• Will create an impact that can be monitored and measured

Please note that the following do not qualify for funding from the Thabo Community Action Trust:

  • Religious groups or Organisations
  • Political Organisations & Activities
  • Individuals
  • Local and Overseas Travel
  • New business with no proven record (2 Years minimum)
  • Projects which will not be based in Botshabelo or Thaba Nchu

The following documents are mandatory, and should be attached to this application form:

  • Organisation founding documents (Registration documents)
  • ID’s of all directors/members in the organisation
  • Project budget
  • Project description

• Fax – 086 625 7550
• Email – trustmanager@thabotrust.com

Use the links below to complete your application form and submit with all the supporting documents:

Application form: TCAT Funding Application Form 2024

Budget form: TCAT Funding Budget Form



Apply Here

The below can be used to apply for funding from the Thabo Trust. Complete the application forms forms below and submit with your supporting documents and email to trustmanager@thabotrust.com

Download forms here:

TCAT Funding Application Form 2024

TCAT Funding Budget Form



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