Make Zuka Foundation

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Goal: R5,000.00 | Still Needed: R5,000.00 | Total Supporters So Far: 0 | Amount of People in Need: 20

To an English-speaker, Make Zuka might be hard to pronounce, but to anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by how much hardship there is in South Africa, the foundation’s goal will be easy to understand.

‘Make’ (pronounced ma-khe) means ‘mother’ in Siswati, and ‘Zuka’ means ‘five cents’. The foundation takes its name from its origin, which was that its founder, the late Ms Badanile Constance Zulu began collecting five cent coins from her community in order to provide food parcels and school uniforms to vulnerable children. Her focus was the children of Kanyamazane, the Mpumalanga location she called home.

She took those five cent coins – those bietjie-bietjies (little bits), as her son, Teddy, calls them – and put them all together to make a whole lot. Or enough, in any case, to begin steadily providing Kanyamazane’s children with what they needed but could not afford to have.

The mother of the five cent coins, in other words.

Teddy took over the initiative and registered it after his mother’s passing, and he and a team of four others carry on his mother’s legacy by continuing to distribute things like school shoes and uniforms, toiletries, and food parcels to the primary school children of Kanyamazane and beyond. They do this by tirelessly working to gather donations to make a dent in the large number of simple things these children need.

A big collaborator for Teddy and his team is Ligwalagwala FM, which is a second home to Teddy and serves as one of the places where people might drop donations for Make Zuka’s cause (the other being his home in Kanyamazane, as the foundation has no offices of its own).

Seeing children with bare feet and without school jerseys is extremely painful to Teddy, especially during winter. His long-term goal is to open a centre where Kanyamazane’s children could come to be fed daily. For now, he and his team welcome any donations that might be helpful to the area’s primary school students in need.


Photographer: Peter-Hugh Burrell from Hughsten Photography | Voice Artist: Thando Baliso | Writer: Ané Breytenbach

Type of Cause:
Children and Youth, Community, Poverty Alleviation, Welfare


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