Mission Statement

Thembisa's aim is to give a chance in life to some of Southern Africa's disadvantaged people by working in partnership with grassroots development projects (we currently support projects in South Africa and Zimbabwe). One focus is on small start-up projects unable to attract funding elsewhere. Thembisa is seeking to grow in order to fund more projects.

 

NEWS: Stephen Bowley 17.2.1952-9.10.2017

We are very sad to announce that Stephen Bowley died of melanoma on 9 October, and we extend our deep sympathy to his wife Tonia and sons Adam and David. Together with Tonia, Stephen co-founded The Thembisa Trust in 1988. Since then Thembisa has supported more than 70 grassroots projects in South Africa and Zimbabwe. Stephen was a Trustee of Thembisa throughout that time, and was Chair of the Trustees since 2009. In 2016 Stephen and Tonia also co-founded the St Cross College Thembisa Hope Scholarship, to support deserving disadvantaged students from South Africa and neighbouring countries to study for a Master's degree in Oxford.

Stephen’s involvement in Thembisa’s activities (including our annual fund-raising walk, which he led, followed by a garden party/barbecue at his and Tonia’s home) demonstrated his compassion and concern for the less well off. He was generous in countless other ways too, offering his help wherever needed, and mentoring many colleagues in the planning world. He was a deep thinker, organised, hard working, kind, and fun-loving. We will all miss him very much.

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