Who We Are

Botshabelo Community Development Trust, Magaliesburg, began in December 1990, founded by Con and Marion Cloete. The Cloete family left behind their urban upper-middle-class lifestyle in Johannesburg, South Africa, to buy an old farm and start Botshabelo, giving rural orphans and eventually poor and displaced adults a home, an education and a chance at a better life.

Learn more about the history of Botshabelo.

Our Vision

At Botshabelo, our philosophy is to help anyone who needs it, regardless of background or age. If someone comes to us for help, we can’t turn them away, whether they are an adult, a child or even an animal. As a result, we are now home to about 1,000 men, women and children, plus a few dogs, cats and snakes.

Our goal is to alleviate poverty and be the model village of Africa. Everyone at Botshabelo – the founders, the villagers, students and volunteers – lives and works together as a family towards that goal. We are dedicated and optimistic. We face challenges, not problems. And we play while we work.