Company Profile


The Small Projects Foundation has now been operating for 31 years since 7 January 1988. The Foundation has been a major contributor to development in the Eastern Cape over this period with specific emphasis on identifying critical constraints and establishing pilot projects, and later replicating these pilots into programmes that become self-sustaining.

The Foundation has always emphasised that development needs to be measurable, whether in terms of asset creation or the results of training and capacity building.

The Foundation aims at achieving the development of communities (including individuals, families, CBO’s, Leadership) who are committed to their own growth and development. The individual requires three main elements to better his/her self, namely:


1)      Information about the available options.

2)      Training in deciding on options, in taking up the opportunities/projects and in the technical skills necessary for project implementation.

3)     Support in implementing projects/options and in post-project operations and maintenance.


All programmes and projects of the Foundation are built on this fundamental axiom of helping individuals, groups, communities and organisations who have the necessary commitment to grow and develop.

To this end the Foundation operates on a request basis and always has a ‘sunset clause’ specifying that it will withdraw after a specified time.






·           Head Office in East London.

·           The Foundation operates in most regions of the Eastern Cape Province and SA.

·           The Organisation is a community development and training trust, which is tax exempt under Section 10 (1) F, is registered for VAT and is a Public Benefit Organisation,                     PBO No. 18/11/13/791 and NPO No. 000-319 NPO.

·           The Organisation is an accredited training contractor with the Department of Labour.

·           The Organisation is an accredited training institution with the Services SETA.

·           The Organisation is structured so as to maintain direct project control by the communities, funders and the Foundation.

·           Through networked communication, financial and training systems, we bring the collective resources of the Organisation to a specific programme or project.

·           The Organisation offers the full spectrum of services in terms of Project Management of Community-driven Projects that include the following:

            Social Marketing and Mobilisation

            Participatory Learning and Action

            Skills training

            Material Purchasing

            Sub-Contractor Remuneration

           Supervisor Development and Evaluation

           Project Facilitation

           NGO/CBO Capacity Building


·         Small Projects Foundation is an accredited agent for the One-Up Business Training Course, which is accredited by the Services Seta.

·         The Foundation’s auditors are Price Waterhouse Coopers (Mr Jan Labuschagne)




Established                                         :               7th January 1988

Registration (Status)                           :               Welfare Organisation (NPO and Public Benefit Org)

Registration No.                                 :               099006710006

Sector                                                 :               Education and Development

Area of Focus                                     :               Eastern Cape, South Africa, Africa

Geographical Location                       :               East London

Staff Complement                              :               Permanent Staff: 13       

                                                                           Contract Staff:  145

                                                                            Volunteers:  239

2018 Operating Budget                     :                R 6,4million

Turnover                                             :                R25 million per year


Brief Organisation Background

For 31 years the Foundation has demonstrated its willingness and ability to initiate many projects and ensure their success.  Crucial developmental issues are decisively and effectively addressed.  Success in entrepreneurial development, agriculture, housing, water supply, ecotourism, educare and capacity building projects shows an ability to identify issues and causes, and develop programmes that directly impact the needs of the poor.

The Foundation was set up by an endowment fund.  Incomes from the invested trust funds deliver support for some of our monthly operating costs.  This ensures that at least 85% of project funds are directed at project costs, with the remaining 15% used for project development management, transport and other disbursements.  The Foundation’s projects and programmes have received the support of, among others, the European Union, Royal Netherlands Embassy, Rotary Club of East London, Transnet Mobile Health Care Unit, Kagiso Trust, District Councils, the National Departments of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Eastern Cape Department of Health, Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa, ABSA and Barclays Banks, Kistefos AG of Norway, One to One Children’s Fund, Johnson and Johnson, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Proctor and Gamble and Medicor .



The Foundation has 9 Trustees at present, who head the Organisation. The Managing Director is delegated the responsibility to manage all the activities of the Trust under the oversight of bimonthly Board of Trustee meetings. Management of the investment of funds is guided by the Foundation’s financial advisors, National Finance Brokers.






              Development of District HIV/AIDS competence is the priority area of work.

              We have developed models for this work in a number of areas and are busy validating, improving and developing these on an ongoing basis.  These include:

             1.      Priorities for Local AIDS Control Efforts – A District Measuring and Response Tool. (Developed with MEASURE Evaluation).

             2.      High Transmission Area Management.

             3.      Community Based Organisational Capacity Development and Monitoring.

             4.      Training and Developing Community Home Based Carers (HCBC).

             5.      Stipend Management System for HCBC.

             6.      Wildfire (VCT role-play) Methodology.

             7.      Prevention of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS

             8.      Paediatric and Mother HIV Treatment Care and Support



A programme of story telling and participatory methods in Educare Centres and rural villages for primary health care, agriculture and community building has been piloted             successfully in 25 villages in the Eastern Cape.



Amatola District Council: The Foundation was appointed as Project Co-ordinator to 6 Districts in the Transkei area developing Community Centre projects.  These districts are Centani, Nqamakwe, Butterworth, Willowvale, Idutywa and Tsomo.



The Foundation was appointed by the Presidential Project Team to assist in Flagstaff and Bizana with local economic development.



The Foundation was appointed to facilitate the National Public Works Programme in the Eastern Cape and has managed the Dwesa, Willowvale and Ndabakazi Clusters.



The Foundation was involved in the Spatial Development Initiative on the Wild Coast especially in terms of setting up Infocentres for the information, training and                           support of communities and entrepreneurs at each of the five anchor project areas.


3.7          ECOTOURISM

  • Hiking Trails:  Strandloper Hiking Trail.
  •  Former Transkei and Ciskei:  Numerous opportunities for Ecotourism, infrastructure and Infocentre projects have been developed with communities in the Eastern Cape.   Projects operating are; Dwesa Cultural Centre, Market Parks at Willowvale and Ndabakazi, smallholder agricultural projects at Willowvale, Dwesa and Ndabakazi.
  •  East London: Nahoon Point Nature Reserve.
  •  King Williams Town:  King Williams Town Tourism Development, Dimbaza and Amathole Heritage Sites Project.



               a)     Small business - One-up Business Training Programme.

               b)     Market Centres.

               c)     Agricultural support.

               d)     Integrated development planning for Bizana and Flagstaff.

               e)     Rural savings and co-operative societies.



The Foundation has assisted in developing 3 pioneering housing projects involving more than 3 000 beneficiary families.  The Foundation develops local contractors and                 subcontractors and local labour to do the work.  These projects have been very successful i.e. Sinebhongo Village (a single mothers village), Potsdam Housing and                           Dimbaza South.


3.10        WATER PROJECTS

The Foundation has developed water projects for more than 60 villages (± 58 000 people) in the Eastern Cape and has developed successful programmes for operations,                 maintenance and revenue collection with these communities.


3.11        SANITATION

The Foundation has been involved in training and social marketing on sanitation in some 26 villages in the Eastern Cape.



The Foundation has pioneered a methodology for training adults (and children) in skills and literacy.  It has recently initiated a pilot project in 10 Educare Centres in the                   Eastern Cape teaching skills and literacy to mainly women and some men and trained 265 teachers (in formal schools and organisations in this methodology.



54 CBO’s mentored, trained and capacitated in the Eastern Cape.



Set up Regional Educare Council and mentored for 5 years.  Assisted in building of 451 Early Childhood Centres with communities in the Eastern Cape.


3.15        FOOD SECURITY

Mdantsane Greening 2,154 families and 25 schools assisted with gardening.



           The Small Projects Foundation has helped create 7 purpose built organisations to meet specific developmental needs in the Eastern Cape Province and Africa.

  • The first, Khanyisa Early Childhood Development Centre, has engaged very successfully in training Educare Supervisors throughout the rural areas of the old Ciskei.             This operation will now receive a yearly subsidy from the Eastern Cape Government and will be able to continue with its work. 493 Educare Supervisors trained to date.
  • The Amatola Finance Corporation was formed to provide micro-loan finance to low-income people in housing, micro-enterprises and education. It has helped more           than 16 000 borrowers and became financially viable. Renamed and taken over as part of the African Bank.
  • Regional Educare Council was formed to assist poor children to obtain access to Educare facilities and has assisted more than 2 500 Edu-care centres providing care           to more than 32 000 children throughout the Province.
  • Strandloper Ecotourism Board was formed to develop ecotourism along the Eastern Province coastline and has developed the Strandloper Trail, which has become             self-supporting and was voted the best summer hiking trail in South Africa.
  • The SPF Infoshop Company was formed to provide information, training and support to poor people throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Sinebhongo Village has been formed to develop housing and a safe urban environment for working mothers and has completed housing for 100 single mothers and           their families.
  • Paediatric AIDS Treatment for Africa (PATA) was formed to provide support to treatment teams across Africa, to provide prevention, treatment, care and support                  combat HIV/AIDS in mothers and their babies. This organisation supports and trains 495 treatment teams in 26 African countries (doctor, nurse, pharmacist, counsellor        and expert patient) to treat over 100 000 children and their carers.


The Foundation has also been a leading organisation in capacity building of community leadership and entrepreneurs to enable them to develop water supplies, agriculture and housing for their communities. SPF has assisted 493 communities/community interest groups in raising their quality of life economically, physically and socially.

The Foundation has kept its overheads low by retaining a very small permanent staff and hiring in competent contract workers, consultants and businesses to do the work under the guidance and management of the Foundation. This allows for great flexibility and speed in achieving maximum impact and development






7.1.1AIDS Action ProgrammeDevelopment of HIV/AIDS organisations and skills of HCBC in 27 Areas

Transnet Foundation

Canon Collins Educational Trust for Southern Africa, One to One Children’s Fund

Eastern Cape



Eastern Cape


Eastern Cape


7.1.2CBO MentorshipCapacity Building and Mentorship of 17 HIV/AIDS OrganisationsDepartment of Health, Eastern CapeAmathole District Municipality
7.1.3NDA/EU AIDS Action ProgrammeDevelop of AIDS Action response in 5 DistrictsNDA/EU & Dept. of HealthEncobo, Cofimvaba, Tsomo, Idutywa, Libode
7.1.4One to One ART Support Programme – Dora NginzaDevelopment of a Paediatric and Community ART programmeOne to One Children’s FundDora Nginza, Port Elizabeth
7.1.5One to One ART Support Programme – UitenhageDevelopment of a Paediatric and Community ART ProgrammeOne to One Children’s FundUitenhage
7.1.6HCBC Stipend ManagementDevelopment of a HCBC Stipend Management system for the Provincial Department of Health and Payment of StipendsEastern Cape, Dept. of HealthEastern Cape Province
7.1.7Priorities for Local AIDS Control EffortsPiloting and development of an HIV/AIDS District Response Initiative for GhanaGhana AIDS Commission, USAID, MEASURE EvaluationGhana, Greater Accra (Tema) and Ashanti (Offinso) Regions
7.1.8HIV/AIDS High Transmission Area Research

Walmer and Uitenhage HTA Survey,

Fort Grey HTA baseline and follow-up survey. Engcobo, Tsomo, Cofimvaba, Idutywa, Libode

University of North Carolina, SIDA, NDA/EU(Walmer & Uitenhage) Nelson Mandela Metro, Eastern Cape
7.1.9HIV/AIDS High Transmission Area Project ManagementDuncan Village, Fort Grey, IdutywaProject Support GroupEastern Cape




7.2.1Glenmore Community DevelopmentRural Development - agricultural, irrigation, small holdings and small livestock, sewing, block yards, leather workRSA GovernmentEastern Cape
7.2.2Rwantsana Community DevelopmentRural Development - Sewing, community hall, water supply, small entrepreneursRSA GovernmentEastern Cape
7.2.3Kammastone Community DevelopmentEducare Centre and Community HallRSA GovernmentEastern Cape
7.2.4Educare Centre Construction120 Educare Centre ConstructionCEAPEastern Cape
7.2.5Dimbaza South Urban InfrastructureTechnical Advice Centre and block making businesses and carpentry and sub-contractorsDBSAEastern Cape
7.2.6Dimbaza South Urban Infrastructure370 Serviced Sites done by local labour and local sub-contractors from the communitiesCEAP / SPFEastern Cape
7.2.7Potsdam South Urban Infrastructure597 Serviced Sites - Block making sub-contractors and local labourCEAPEastern Cape
7.2.8Potsdam South Urban InfrastructureTechnical Advice Centre - small business training and support and sub-contractor of housing beneficiariesCEAPEastern Cape
7.2.9Khanyisa Early Childhood Training CentreSetting up of Training Organisation for EducareSPFEastern Cape
7.2.10Regional Educare CouncilSetting up and supporting Provincial Educare Organisation and helping to assist community construction of 1 000 Educare CentresIDTEastern Cape
7.2.11Amatola Finance CorporationSetting up and supporting Low Income Finance Provider to lend to 16 000 borrowersIDTBorder Kei Region
7.2.12Rural Water Supply8 Villages, Mncotsho Regional Water Supply - local sub-contractors and labour capacity buildingNEFBorder Kei Region
7.2.13Khambashe Phase I Water Supply4 Villages, Khambashe - local sub-contractors and labour capacity building and trainingNEFEastern Cape
7.2.14Khambashe Phase II Water Supply4 Villages, Khambashe - local sub-contractors and labour capacity building and trainingPublic WorksEastern Cape
7.2.15Benton, Bell and Bodium Water Supply3 Villages - local sub-contractors and labour capacity building and trainingEU, MPP and NEFEastern Cape
7.2.16Tylomnqa Imiqhayi Water Supply19 Villages and capacity building and trainingEU, MPP and NEFEastern Cape
7.2.17Potsdam South Housing Project597 Houses - Housing construction using local builders and labourProvincial Housing BoardEastern Cape
7.2.18Alice Sewerage ProjectSub-Contractor TrainingDBSAAlice
7.2.19Training of Educare Supervisors390 Educare SupervisorsCEAPSPF
7.2.20Community Support Programme40 Villages - Capacity Building for National Economic ForumCommunity Support Programme, DBSAEastern Cape
7.2.21Educare Centre Construction5 CentresNEFEastern Cape
7.2.22Strandloper Ecotourism BoardTraining of 22 Coastal Guides.  Assisting in the Development of Ecotourism Facilities, marketing and operations and maintenance of the Strandloper Hiking Trail.

Netherlands Embassy


Kei Mouth to East London
7.2.23Infoshop ProgrammeSetting up of 20 Infoshops - mini resource centres and training and supportSPFEastern Cape Province
7.2.24Infocentre Kagiso Trust/SPFSetting up of 15 Infoshops / InfocentresKagiso Trust

Wild Coast SDI, Fish River SDI


7.2.25Transnet Phelophepa Primary Health Care Mobilisation and Marketing

Mobile Infoshop, Marketing and Awareness

Training of 36 Co-ordinating Committees per year

Transnet Phelophepa

Eight Provinces

Excludes Gauteng

7.2.26Sandile Regional Water Supply12 Villages potable water capacity building training local labour and sub-contractorsDept. of Water Affairs and ForestryEastern Cape
7.2.27Amatola District Council Implementing Agents6 Community Hall and Community Infoparks (Small business /agricultural, hive and support centres and marketsAmatola District CouncilEastern Cape
7.2.28Presidential Task Team Integrated Development PlanningFlagstaff, Lusikisiki, BizanaPresidential Task Team (Eastern Cape)Eastern Cape
7.2.29Sinebhongo VillageOne hundred houses and communal centreRotary International/ Provincial Housing Development BoardEastern Cape

Vulindlela Adult Literacy and Skills Pilot Project


Training of Adults (especially women in entrepreneurial and productive skills in agriculture, small business and services and producing literacy as a by product. (10 centres)Rotary InternationalEastern Cape

Transformation of Social Welfare


Done in conjunction with Deloitte & Touché and PriceWaterhouse Coopers

Development of a plan for the Department of Social Welfare for transforming service deliveryDFIDEastern Cape






In the last eight years, the Foundation has been fortunate to have been involved in numerous community driven projects. Through this involvement, we have built up considerable experience in what is a new approach to infrastructure and community development. This has led to us offering the following training and services to communities and community based organisations in order that they achieve sustainability in their development.



  • Skills and abilities
  • Needs Analysis
  • Strategic Planning, Leadership, and Decision-Making Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Technical Skills to Implement, Maintain and Operate Projects
  • Administrative Skills to Collect Revenue, Run Financial Affairs and Make Payments
  • Entrepreneurial Skills to Local Contractors and Sub-Contractors and Local Fledgling Entrepreneurs
  • Business management (market investigation, drafting a business plan, money management, etc.)
  • Participatory Methodologies and Knowledge Management
  • Social Marketing.



  • Public Awareness
  • Community Mobilisation (Workshops and Meetings)
  • Public Education through Posters, Media and Report backs
  • Ensuring Public Support through constant Transparency and Accountability to the Community


Project Management and Support:

  • Support Infrastructure for Communities, Community Based Organisations and Individuals


To funders, the Small Projects Foundation offers a wide range of Project Management and other Services. These include the following:

  • Research (HIV/AIDS and Community Based Organisations)
  • Needs Assessment and Skills Inventory
  • Pre-appraisal Feasibility
  • Community Awareness / Mobilisation
  • Project Preparation, including Training Components
  • Planning and Design, including Budget Management
  • Implementing and Monitoring, including Operations and Maintenance Training
  • Operations and Maintenance Monitoring
  • Evaluation
  • Ability to deliver within budget and to comply with stated objectives.



The Foundation is well placed to provide and develop affordable, accessible and sustainable programmes and projects for poor people in the Eastern Cape Province and beyond. The challenge is to begin to develop the ability to do this throughout South Africa and Africa in the next few years.  We offer key skills and learnings to assist government and funders to identify needs, develop programmes in participation with all stakeholders (especially rural communities) and monitor and evaluate such programmes.

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