Our Vision, Mission and Values

Our Vision
To be the Leading Facilitator to Economically and Socially Empower Communities.

Our Mission
To respond to the Development needs of our greater community by facilitating Networks, Partnerships and Joint Ventures. To build the Capacity of the Community to Sustain themselves Economically and to improve the quality of their lives.

Our Values:
Commitment to Serve Our Communities. Accountability to Stakeholders and for Our Actions. Honesty and Intergrity. Build Mutually beneficial Relationships. Transparency. Respect People, Diversity, Funds, and Communities. Teamwork. Efficiency and Effectiveness.

History of the Zululand Chamber of Business Foundation

Located in the industrial town of Richards Bay, the Zululand Chamber of Business Foundation (ZCBF) has won national and international acclaim for its philanthropic goodwill in benefiting the people of Zululand. Registered as a Section 21 Company (not for gain motive), its main objective is to create a synergistic partnership between business and communities in the area of community development.

In the late 1980’s political violence threatened Zululand’s stability and the business community initiated the “Lower Umfolozi Peace Accord”. The first of its kind in South Africa, (the National Peace Accord was later modelled on this initiative), it drew together political, business and community leaders.

When extensive floods hit the same area in 1985 and 1987 the networks established by the Peace Accord were used to rebuild the communities. This was achieved through the “Zululand Rural Foundation” (ZRF), which received assistance from the local business community. This crisis drew attention to the region’s underlying problems of rural poverty and a lack of basic resources. The ZRF resolved to focus on the broader socio-economic problems of the region, and merged with the Lower Umfolozi Peace Accord and the Zululand Social Investment Network. From this merger the ZCBF was born.

Developmental Roles

The ZCBF delivers its developmental role in three ways:

  • By identifying projects and sourcing funding for that specific project.
  • By project managing projects on behalf of other similar organisations.
  • By sourcing funding for NGO’s and developmental organisations.

Strengths of the ZCBF

The ZCBF’s strategic capabilities relate to the activities of:

  • Project management of developmental and capacity building projects, in response to community needs. This is achieved by bringing together communities, donors, and organisations in a specific project. In other words, the ZCBF facilitates partnerships between businesses, NGO’s, educational bodies, and governmental agencies.
  • Administration and governance. The ZCBF provides advice and consultancy services and a strong lobbying role with business and government as well as financial administration. It’s strength lies in its facilitation role. The ZCBF is the only organisation in the Zululand region that provides this service.
  • Management of the ZCBF Community Park. The ZCBF generates an income from a property called the “Community Park”, from activities such as office rental, venue for hire income, arranging and catering for functions, rental of accommodation and the provision of services to tenants.

ZCBF as a Development Partner

Essentially, the ZCBF has the infrastructure and skills that are geared towards the cost effective delivery of community based projects. In addition, it has access to a substantial database of information, which has been established through extensive networks. This information enables the ZCBF to avoid duplication of effort (e.g. the instances of many funders responding to the same request), to rationalize an approach (e.g. how one evaluates a request for funding), and most importantly; to be proactive in our approach.

Since its launch, the ZCBF has received national and international recognition. The significance of the recognition is that it both provides the ZCBF with an independent means to evaluate its activities, and provides its stakeholders with acknowledgement that they, in all probability, could not have received by themselves.

  • 1997 NOVA GLOBAL BEST AWARD for best education partnerships. Winner
  • 1998 EDUCATION AFRICA – SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENTIAL AWARD, for business education partnerships. Winner.
  • 1999 WEEKLY MAIL AND GUARDIAN AWARD, for investing in the future. Winner.
  • 1999 SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENTIAL AWARD, for business education partnerships. Runner up.
  • 1999 IMPUMELELO AWARD, for alleviating poverty. Made a presentation to Parliament, - was placed in the top 15 organisations in South Africa. Runner up.
  • 2000 IMPUMELELO AWARD, for alleviating poverty. Winner.
  • 2001 EDUCATION AFRICA – SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENTIAL AWARD, for business education partnerships. Winner.
  • 2002 ANNUAL MAIL & GUARDIAN AWARD, for investing in the future. Winner (for the Ethembeni Care Centre).
  • 2003 DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL & POPULATION DEVELOPMENT AWARD, for the Ethembeni Care Centre - chosen as one of three best practice models in South Africa.
  • 2014 UCF, UTHUNGULU COMMUNITY FOUNDATION - Certificate of Appreciation.
  • 2016 ZCCI, ZULULAND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY - Business Excellence Awards - for Service Excellence/Community.  Runner up. 
  • 2017 IMBUMBA FOUNDATION - Certificate of Appreciation.