About Us

TUF, The Umtshayelo Foundation, is a registered Npo founded in 2013 with the purpose of breaking the cycle of poverty through innovative and people focused services. 

Our primary purpose is to be bold enough to dare and willing to care, constantly asking “how can we help you?”   We believe that by working together with our community partners, we can create a stronger, healthier, and more resilient community.

Tackling the scourge of nappies and sanitary waste - Absorbent Hygiene Product (AHP) waste

Nappies and or sanitary pads, officially known as Absorbent Hygiene Product (AHP) waste, are fast becoming one of the most serious social and environmental health issues because of poor waste management in South Africa.

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Women reclaimers receive KOMANI reusable sanitary pads donated by PETCO

In July 2023 The Umtshayelo Foundation (TUF) donated a pack of KOMANI reusable sanitary pads to 150 women waste reclaimers associated with ARO (African Reclaimers Organization).

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Komani Reusable Pads Project

KOMANI is a social enterprise established to produce high quality reusable sanitary pads in South Africa.

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Over the past year, we have made significant progress towards achieving our project goals :


  •  Senior Care - A weekly program providing elederly people with the necessary social support to improve their well-being.


  •  Learning4Life - An Afterschool program that provides an intentional blend of personal enrichment and academic assistance to enhance school participation. 


  •  Komani -Komani is a social enterprise producing reusable sanitary pads. Our innovative eco-friendly products drives change through education, empowerment and evidence. 


  •  ICT Lab - This initiative seeks to provide the community with digital literacy skills to increase their opportunities for higher education and for employment.


KOMANI Reusable pads project

Komani is an award-winning social enterprise which manufacture and distribute reusable sanitary pads and was established by TUF to empower women through skills development and job opportunities.

Promoting menstrual equity is key to support women and young schoolgirls, especially in remote rural areas, by preventing them from dropping out of school. 

The lack of menstrual products infringes on many human rights of girls and women, most importantly health rights which are the most detrimental.

More than seven million girls children in South Africa cannot afford sanitary pads and up to twenty percent of school attendance in a calendar year is missed as a result.


As a nonprofit organization, we have a wish list of items that can help us better serve our community and achieve our mission. Here are some of the items on our wish list:

Funding for our programs and services (R3 million for 2023/24) to help us reach more people and make a greater impact.
Volunteer support to help us run our programs, events, and fundraising campaigns.

Supplies and equipment, such as computers, printers, office supplies, and program materials for our digital lab.

Transportation assistance to distribute product and to reach individuals who may not have access to our services due to transportation challenges.

Marketing and promotional support to help us raise awareness about our organization and our mission.

Professional services, such as legal, accounting, and marketing support.

Training and development opportunities for our staff and volunteers to help us improve our programs and services.
Partnerships with other organizations and businesses to help us collaborate and create greater impact in our community.



  • Participate in local activities and support organizations that are actively advocating for social change. 
  • Raise awareness about local and global issues through social media and other forms of communication. 
  • Advocate for change in your local community by contacting your local representatives and voicing your opinion. 
  • Volunteer with organizations that are working to make a difference in the lives of those in need. 
  • Educate yourself and others on social change topics and strategies. 
  • Donate your time or money to organizations and causes that are working to bring about positive change. 
  • Participate in awareness campaigns in support of social change. 



September this year marks the 10th anniversary of TUF. To celebrate this milestone, we will be hosting our 10th Annual Golf Day at Kuilsriver Golf Club.  The money raised at this event will fund our inaugural road trip to Komani in the Eastern Cape to distribute Komani reusable menstrual pads to students (Komani2Komani). The two events provide a wonderful opportunity to partner with us.

As we move forward, we are excited to continue our work and build upon the progress we have made. We are committed to creating a more equitable and just society and believe that by working together, we can make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve. We are grateful for the support of our donours, volunteers, and community partners and look forward to working together to create a brighter future for all.


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