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Helping people help themselves

Thatha Ithuba is a community of compassionate individuals who believe in the power of people to shape the world positively. We focus on mentorship as a means to develop individuals and communities and invest in the future of young people stemming from unprivileged backgrounds in South Africa. Our goal is not quantitative growth, we are rather dedicated to the quality of our program and the development of knowledge and skills in our mentors and mentees. Through scholarships and training camps we support our mentors as they guide and empower young people to reach their full potential and make a difference in their community. At Thatha Ithuba, we believe that by investing in individuals we can create a brighter future for all.

Our Mission

The mission of Thatha Ithuba is to find and develop future leaders in the Imizamo Yethu (IY) community in Hout Bay through a process that focuses on self-development, people development, and community. We strive to empower individuals to explore and develop their own potential, while also supporting and developing the next generation of leaders in the IY community and the larger community as a whole. Our goal is to create a positive impact on individuals, communities, and society through mentorship, knowledge transfer, and community engagement.



«Just go for it! If this can happen to me, imagine, what can happen to you!»

Niphelele, 22


Thatha Ithuba was founded as an association in 2016 by Martin and Gina Hilzinger. Since mid 2019 Thatha Ithuba is a foundation. The following persons are represented on the Board of Trustees:

  • Martin Hilzinger: President
  • Klaus Rütschi: Vice President
  • Livia Koller: Board of Trustees Member
  • Hansueli Bayer: Board of Trustees Member
  • Hansheinrich Kuhn: Board of Trustees Member
  • Christina Kuhn: Board of Trustees Member
  • Gina Hilzinger: CEO




«Our dream? We want to empower the TI People, who we are taking care of now, that they are well educated in basic skills (Communication, Leadership, Teambuidling etc.) to give their know-how back to the Youth in the Community!»

Martin Hilzinger

«We want to have face-to-face encounter and be part of the Team. We try to give the People of Thatha Ithuba the chance they need.»

Gina Hilzinger