Our Mission:


We empower and enhance the lives of citizens in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa through realistic and practical business initiatives that are people centric and promote the ability of humanity to excel.


Our Mission

For more than 10 years, the Mandela Legacy Foundation’s mission has been to develop solutions and partnerships that can improve the lives of South Africans.

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Our Impact

We partner with individual businesses, government agencies, local and international donors, industry sector associations, technology providersand tertiary institutions who are equally committed to creating positive change.

Today, we pursue this mission by:

  • advancing projects that expand opportunities for more broadly-shared prosperity, and

  • sponsoring programs that help empower people and communities to take control of their physical and financial wellbeing.  


Years Serving communities

The Mandela Legacy Foundation has been serving the South African community for over 7 years and will continue to do so for many more years to come.



million DOLLARS raised

Since we started, we have raised in excess of 24 million dollars for community projects, vocational education programs and new job creation.



Thousand people Impacted

So far we have impacted the lives of 60,000 people across South Africa. Our aim is to change the lives of 1,000,000 people over the next ten years.


Our Initiatives

Mandela Legacy believes in a South Africa where all people can earn enough to support their families, achieve financial security, and provide their children with more opportunities. Every day, local governments, businesses, and nonprofit leaders across the country are working to make this dream possible in their communities.

Yet too often these community-driven approaches are missed by those who could invest in them and help them reach more people. This is especially true for efforts in small cities, rural communities and places with high rates of poverty.

We intend to change this.


a focus on job creation

Mandela Legacy is directing much of its resources to promoting and facilitating job creation in South Africa.  Our immediate goal is to create 250,000 jobs. And to impact the lives of one million people across the country.

women in leadership

It is no secret that women have historically faced greater barriers than men when it comes to fully participating in the economy. Across geographies and income levels, disparities between men and women persist in the form of pay gaps, uneven opportunities for advancement, and unbalanced representation in important decision-making.

Women in leadership, however, have proven to be beneficial for both the company and individual employees.

impact sourcing

The Mandela Legacy’s immediate focus is to create a future for South Africa’s youth (15-34) by providing guidance, hope, opportunity and most importantly of all, employment. For these young people, failure to gain an early foothold in the labor market can translate to a lifetime of lower earnings, family and community instability, and a host of other challenges.

better access to education

Mandela Legacy will continue working with the government to strengthen legal and policy frameworks to provide quality education to all children, with a special focus on the most marginalized. Support will be provided in promotion and implementation of a programme - and plan of action - to prevent school dropout and improve the quality and access to education.

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"If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires."

Malcolm Gladwell


Our Founders

Zondwa Mandela - Chairman

Zondwa Mandela - Chairman

Zondwa mandela

As Chairman of Mandela Legacy, Zondwa is responsible for creating economically sustainable solutions that meet humanitarian challenges. He is also responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing the organization’s vision, mission, and overall direction.


Lindo Mandela - Director

Lindo Mandela - Director

lindo mandela

As Director of Stakeholder Relations at Mandela Legacy, Lindo’s work involves creating the right climate to advance the vision of those we service. Her key function is to engage with clients and manage their interest within the various projects they undertake.


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela - Co Founder

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela - Co Founder

winnie mandela

Winnie Mandela held centre stage as the champion of the anti-apartheid revolution throughout the most turbulent era of South African history. She was the architect of South Africa’s liberation struggle and the matriarch dubbed ‘the Mother of the Nation’. She took the apartheid system head-on at huge personal cost in her stand against injustice and went on to serve on the ANC's National Executive Committee and later to become the President of the ANC’s Women’s League. 

In order to ensure her lifelong pursuit of political equality, human rights, equal opportunity and social justice would continue, she co-founded the Mandela Legacy.

Zindzi Mandela - Co Founder

Zindzi Mandela - Co Founder

zindzi mandela

The youngest daughter of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela and Nomzamo Winnie Madikizela, Zindzi spent many years involved in South Africa’s freedom struggle. Since then, she has embraced roles in the arts, philanthropy and business.

She is a co-founder of the Mandela Legacy Foundation and is also Managing Trustee of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund.

She is also currently serving as South Africa's ambassador to Denmark.

Get Involved

There are lots of ways to become involved with Mandela Legacy and help us to create a brighter future for South Africa.


Partner with us

Mandela Legacy works in partnership with business and industry, community and training organisations, and government to deliver innovative projects that provide opportunities for individuals to develop and shine.

The role of our partners range from sponsors and ambassadors to mutually beneficial strategic collaborations.

We actively seek out partnerships that help us deliver on our commitment to make a difference.

become a Volunteer

Volunteers are a truly valuable part of Mandela Legacy. Over the years 100’s of volunteers have helped us to create positive change in our communities.

Volunteering is a great way to meet interesting people, increase your skills and experience, and become involved in your local community.

Our volunteers work in many different ways across a broad range of programs and locations. Can you help?

Make a Donation

With your support, Mandela Legacy can deliver a life changing program that will create a brighter future for young people living in South Africa.

Your donation goes directly towards funding programs that: 

  • Teaches young people the skills for an independent life. 

  • Open up a world of opportunity that gives young people the chance to contribute to their community.