About us


Breaking the cycles of inter-generational poverty.


  • To optimise access to Government support services amoungst poor people, especially those in rural communities.
  • To augment government support though specially targeted development initiatives.
  • To forge, nurture and sustain strategic partnerships with various development organisations and donor agencies, locally and internationally.


To provide basic support and help develop the full productive and economic potential amoungst targeted beneficiaries.


  • Participatory and inclusive development amoungst JGZF, Donors and Beneficiaries
  • Professionalism and transparency in our dealings
  • Empathy for human success needs
  • Mutual respect


Before becoming the President of South Africa, Jacob G Zuma had established The Jacob G Zuma Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) Educational Trust, as a result of his recognition and personal deep concern for the plight of the poor, particularly people in under developed rural areas. The trust enables children, whose poverty prevents their education, to attend school and have the  opportunity to obtain a tertiary qualification.

Over the decades, Jacob G Zuma has maintained his accessibility to people in need and in recognition of ongoing requests to alleviate the suffering of the poor, his vision for The Jacob G Zuma Foundation was realised in 2008. Inspiration for the Foundation draws from the Patron’s experience of engaging with impoverished communities, especially in rural settings. It borrows on the Patron’s appreciation of the human spirit’s endeavour to rise above various barriers for personal excellence, with support.

The Patron recognises the need to foster private and public sector as well as foreign development partnerships in order to extend development support beyond Government Programmes.

“We value and appreciate our partnerships with corporate, grant-making trusts, caring individuals and organisations, whose aspirations complement our vision. Together we can substantially alleviate the suffering of our poor, particularly, the rural poor.”  Jacob G Zuma


In keeping with the results-driven approach of its Patron, The Jacob G Zuma Foundation strives to respond effectively, efficiently and within its valued accountability, to the needs of beneficiary communities.

The Jacob G Zuma Foundation prides on its ethics, integrity and credibility and is respected both locally and internationally for its commitment to the socio-economic upliftment of the poor. The Foundation is committed to broadening its network of donor partners to enable life-changing upliftment of impoverished South Africans. Lead by a demonstrable spirit and passion to advance poor, rural communities over the years, Dudu Myeni, the Board and Management were assembled, based on their shared aspirations and interest of the Foundation.

Decisions are made in consultation with the Foundation’s Stakeholders and the Patron, and thereafter translated by the Board and Management into enabling programmes and initiatives that make tangible and measureable improvements in the lives of beneficiary  communities.

“Nothing gives me greater fulfilment than the joy expressed by an impoverished family, whose honour and dignity in society has been restored, albeit to an extent.” Dudu Myeni