• From small beginnings in 2013 we have established a firm relationship over several years with our two major beneficiaries Southern Cross School in Hoedspruit and South African Medical Expeditions (SAME) through their After School Child Care Centre in Sigagule Village.

    In addition to SAME we are supporting Nourish, an NPO operating in Sigagule with funds for making masks, and the Apostolic Faith Mission and the Maseke Community with funds for food parcels, both of whom operate in communities within the Phalaborwa region.

    Our grateful thanks to all of the donors who have supported us over many years, and for your continued support, in our mission to support communities within the greater Balule area. The Trust is well on it’s way to accomplishing some of our always evolving aims, but there is much still to be done. Your valuable support is the life blood which determines our success, both now and into the future.

    John Anderson

    Founder & Chairman
  • The Charity Calendar is proud to be associated with The Balule Outreach Trust and its invaluable initiatives. Our partnership dates back to 2014 and the Calendar has raised
    R500 000 to date towards the Trust’s community projects.
    The Calendar was founded as a family venture with my daughters Michelle and Anique in 2005 and is based on my amateur wildlife and travel photography. Its purpose is to raise funds for Aids orphans and other vulnerable children, and it enjoys the support of numerous individuals and corporates.

    Lex van Vught

    The Charity Calendar
  • Thanks to the donation of the Balule Outreach Trust – Nourish was able to distribute 2 000 masks to vulnerable families in need throughout the greater Acornhoek community and surrounding impoverished villages. Children, grannies and families are now able to minimize their risk of catching or transmitting Covid-19 and stay just a little safer and more resilient! Nourish was also able to support 4 women through our sewing initiative, bringing income in and supporting livelihoods at a grassroots level.

    Sarah Bergs

    CEO, Nourish
  • Southern Cross Schools in partnership with The Balule Outreach Trust makes a tangible difference to young people in Limpopo, South Africa. The opportunity for an education of quality cannot be underestimated, in particular for those who would not ordinarily have the means to access such. The extraordinary generosity Southern Cross Schools beneficiaries receive from The Balule Outreach Trust, coupled with the personal hands-on involvement John Anderson extends to each of the sponsored learners, makes for a meaningful relationship that ensures a successful outcome for all parties. It is not often that one is in the significant position of having a direct influence on the lives of our future leaders, and this incredible partnership has certainly had a profound impact on all those involved!  Southern Cross Schools and their very fortunate learners, thank The Balule Outreach Trust for affording them the opportunity of a lifetime.

    Mickey Viegas

    Headmaster, Southern Cross School
  • The partnership between The Balule Outreach Trust and South African Medical Expeditions has had a lasting impact on the lives of the children and families within the rural communities we serve.   Our first project together was the construction of a single playroom where orphans and vulnerable children could develop their find motor skills through the art of play.  This has since led to annual building projects at the Sigagule Children’s Centre where each child is given the opportunity to access daily meals, afternoon education, sports facilities and medical support. 

    Our relationship continues to grow at a time of immense need in our country.  Since lockdown was initiated, The Balule Trust has provided consistent and essential support in the form of hygiene and food security to over 250 households on a monthly basis.

    Shirley-Anne Berretta

    South African Medical Expeditions




The Balule Outreach Trust was established in February 2012 to raise funds and engage in community development programs in the Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa communities of Limpopo Province in South Africa. The Trust is registered as a non-profit organisation with the Dept. of Social Development and with the South African Revenue Service as a Public Benefit Organisation.




Money Donated To The Balule Outreach Trust Currently Supports Three Programs:

A bursary program for indigent learners

The Sigagule Children’s Centre, Hoedspruit

Covid-19 Coronavirus Interventions



The Trust relies for funding on the generosity of all members of the Balule Nature Reserve conservancy, their friends and associates. The two share blocks, Olifants North Game Reserve and Olifants River Game Reserve are anchor donors who have committed to making substantial grants on an annual basis. For this the Trustees acknowledge their invaluable support and thank them for their generosity.

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Trustees & Benefactors




Founder & Chairman


Trustee & Administrator



Susan Harwood



Thank you to all our generous donors:

Peter Acheson • Africircle • Almar Container Group • John Anderson • Niall & Claire Anderson • Anonymous (Numerous) • Allan Appel • Gillian Appel • Keith Arnot • Tamini Ayoub (USA) • Justin Babaya • Keith & Lynn Backos • David & Greg Ball (Climatron) • The Balule Community & Anti-Poaching Trust • The Balule Nature Reserve • David Baker • BB Promotions (Tony Milstein & Darryl Furman) • Steven Beesley • The Berkett Family Charitable Fund ( NPT Transatlantic - UK) • Andries Beyers • Ian & Hazel Black • Eric Borcherds • Martin Botha • Gerald Bullen • Esther Campbell (The Vision Corp.) • Dr Alwyn Carstens • The Charity Calendar • Lawrence Clarke • Christopher Cleary • Nick Costas • R G Dacomb • David Levin • Douglas & Fritha Davidson • Friends of Doug Davidson (70th) • Caroline Donaldson & Rose Clarke • Grant Donaldson & Peter Clarke • Peter Eastwood (New Zealand) • Egan Family Trust (Maurice & Elsabe Egan) • Chester Emery • Chester & Rosemary Emery • Michael Esterhuizen • Ian Everitt-Penhale • Mark Ferguson • Catherine & Enrico Magnifico • Ferreira Nel & Partners (Pro bono audit) • Wally Fish (Canada) • Anthony Fletcher • Alistair & Marilyn Forbes • Barbara Formby • Glen Forsdyke • Aaron Frankental • Robert Garmany • Michelle Gerszt (Mervyn Barry Gerstz Trust) • Thomas Goedecke • Clive Grinaker • Debbie Grundlingh • Hammond Pole Inc • Elsbeth Harvey • Susan & Gary Harwood • Ulrich & Susanne Hateshol • Deon Hatton • Guy Hayward • Sheila Hepburn • Neville Howes • HR Torque Outsourcing (Jonathan Aitken) • Neil Hulett • Roderick Humphries • The Inglis Family Charitable Trust • Gill Jephson • Sean Joubert • Stephen Joubert • Roxana Kelly • Richard Kuhlmann • Kerry Kuhlmann • Nick & Kerry Leunberger • Jane Liebenberg (UK) • Peter & Tracy Jo Lipworth • Tracy Jo Lipworth • Catherine & Enrico Magnifico/Fergusson • Elizabeth Mannhardt • Jaco Maree • Ronwen Matterson • Mbizi Bush Lodge • Mike Mckenzie • Bob McMillan • James & Juliette McNeil (USA) • Angus & Gill Morrison • Murray Munro • Olifants North Game Reserve • Olifants River Game Reserve • Errol & Lourenza Parkin • Ian Everitt-Penhale • M Pohl • John Retallack • Oliver Rissik • Tracey Rissik • David & Ruthie Schaad • Trevor & Vera Schmidt • Hans Schultz (Silicone Extrusions) • Michael Sears • Suraj & Molly Singh (USA) • Heinz Smidek • Don Smythe • Standard Bank of South Africa • David Stephens • Johan Strijdom • Mark Surtees • Quentin Sussman • Derek Sutton (Lona Citrus) • Barry Theron • Lyle Thole • Chris Thomas • Eva Tippold • Richard Tonkin • UPAT SA (Kuhlmann Family) • The Phillip van Niekerk Trust • Lex van Vught • Antonie van Zyl • Royden & Naomi Vice • Annemiek Vromans • Rene Vromans & Petra Dekker (The Netherlands) • Keith Warbuton • Deborah Wheeldon • John Williamson • Mark Wolter • Mark Lou Wraith • Jennifer Wright • Wycrest cc