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BESG Partners

Built Environment Support Group Partnerships

We are proud to work closely with some of the world's most committed and progressive people, agencies & companies.

BESG – Built Environment Support Group – are proud to work with progressive, committed and creative partners that help us achieve critical objectives and goals for our communities.

In some cases, those partnerships are corporate social investment programs with generous, progressive organisations from around the world, whilst in other cases, it is Non-Profit organisations – such as ourselves – who work on the ground to serve communities in need.

We are incredibly grateful for the funding we receive and deeply value the work our partners contribute to our community causes.

We have showcased a number of those partners below, simply click on the ‘details’ button and you will be redirected to their website to find out more about the work they do and why it matters.

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BESG are proud partners with:

Continuous Partnership 100%

MISEREOR is the German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation. For over 60 years MISEREOR has been committed to fighting poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. MISEREOR’s support is available to any human being in need – regardless of their religion, ethnicity or gender.

Continuous Partnership 100%
Heinrich Boll Stiftung

Fostering democracy and upholding human rights, taking action to prevent the destruction of the global ecosystem, advancing equality between women and men, securing peace through con­flict prevention in crisis zones, and defending the freedom of individuals against excessive state and economic power – these are the objectives that drive the ideas and actions of the Heinrich Böll Foundation

Continuous Partnership 100%
Pietermaritzburg Community Chest

The Pietermaritzburg & District Community Chest aims to inspire and facilitate community giving and action, for community enhancement. They provide innovative solutions to all donor investment queries and professionally vet NPOs/CBOs and advise donors on where best to direct their investment.

The community chest are also experts in the capacity-building of NPOs/CBOs, using appropriate programmes involving education, training, mentoring, counselling and coaching.

Continuous Partnership 100%
KwaZulu Natal Christian Council

The KZNCC is a provincial fellowship of churches and church-based organisations, established in 1996 as part of the South African Council Of Churches’ restructuring based on the nine provinces created by the new constitution of South Africa. In this way, nine provincial councils of churches were established after South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. The KZNCC is an autonomous organisation affiliated to the SACC. Its purpose is to help the churches of KwaZulu-Natal develop a united Christian response to the many challenges of this province.

Continuous Partnership 100%
Women’s Development Bank

WDB is a women founded, women-led and operated group with a combined over 25 years’ experience with a focus on funding and supporting women entrepreneurs. WDB is all about making a social impact on women; providing them with business funding and investment opportunities.

Our aim is to be the leading game-changer in women advancement and empowerment in South Africa, impacting the African continent.

Continuous Partnership 100%
Abahlali baseMjondolo

Abahlali baseMjondolo, in English: “the people of the shacks”) is a shack dwellers’ movement in South Africa which organises land occupations, builds collectives, and campaigns against evictions and xenophobia and for public housing.

As of June 2021 it claims to have “more than 100 000 members in 86 branches across five provinces”. It has been described as “certainly the largest, most independent, militant and progressive social movement in post-apartheid South Africa”.

Continuous Partnership 100%
Swelihle Agricultural and Environment Group

Swelihle Agricultural and Environment Group are an organisation that works with partners to help communities adapt to climate change.

Swelihle Agricultural and Environment group are a closed corporation and empowerment vehicle for assisting graduates from the University of KwaZulu Natal to access work opportunities

Continuous Partnership 100%
Duzi-Umgeni Conservation Trust

DUCT recognise that the problems with the health of the rivers are large and have not developed overnight. Their vision is ambitious and will only be achieved through progressive, combined, and sustained actions by government and civil society.

DUCT work to champion the environmental health of the uMngeni and uMsunduzi Rivers. They work in partnership with other organisations, whether from civil society or government, who share their vision.

Continuous Partnership 100%
Thandanani Children’s Foundation

Founded in 1989, Thandanani Children’s Foundation is a registered non-profit organisation that facilitates community based care and support for orphans and other vulnerable children in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

We have a well-established system of community based care and support for orphans and their families that involves capacitating and supporting community based Fieldworker teams to respond to the basic material, physical, cognitive and emotional needs of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) through our Family Strengthening Project.

Continuous Partnership 100%
Gift of the Givers Foundation

The Gift of the Givers Foundation is the largest disaster response non-governmental organisation of African origin on the African continent. The essence of our presence is to bring hope and restore dignity to the most vulnerable.

Their primary focus as an organisation is:

  • Disaster Response
  • Hunger Alleviation
  • Water Provision
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Human Development
Continuous Partnership 100%
Partners In Development

Partners in Development (Pty) Ltd (PID) is a hands-on, multidisciplinary engineering consultancy based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. PID offers research, design, project management, and construction services throughout KwaZulu-Natal and the rest of South Africa.

With a focus primarily on developing communities, PID works mainly with water supply and sanitation, but also has experience with township services and more general environmental engineering.

Continuous Partnership 100%
Department of Human Settlements

The Department came into being in 1994 after the dawn of democracy. Its roots can be traced back to 1956 when the Freedom Charter was adopted in Kliptown. The clause that says: There shall be houses, security and comfort is the founding base for the department.

Also the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996) state that access to housing is a basic human right, the government has to ensure that an environment conducive to progressive realisation of the right.

Continuous Partnership 100%
uMgungundlovu District Municipality

The uMgungundlovu District Municipality is a Category C municipality located in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. The district is comprised of the following seven local municipalities, which are based in the accompanying towns: Impendle – Impendle, Mkhambathini – Camperdown, Mpofana – Mooi River, Msunduzi – Pietermaritzburg, Richmond – Richmond, uMngeni – Howick, and uMshwathi – New Hanover/Wartburg.

The main city of the area is Pietermaritzburg, which is both the capital city and the legislative capital of KwaZulu-Natal. uMgungundlovu is a water services authority and also a water service provider that continually strives to maintain its Blue Drop and Green Drop Status.
 The district offers distinguished education facilities and is a retirement mecca for senior citizens. It also offers excellent sporting, commercial and health facilities. It is an important industrial, timber, dairy and agricultural hub that has a modern, sophisticated infrastructure with easy access to airports, the N3 arterial, and railway stations.

Continuous Partnership 100%
Umgeni Resilience Project

Many people living within both urban and rural areas of the uMgungundlovu District, from the small towns of Mooi River, Richmond and Impendle to the larger cities of Pietermaritzburg and Howick, have already had to cope with flooding, storms, droughts, heat waves and wildland fires. Poor, disadvantaged communities are often hardest hit when these natural disasters strike.

Climate change is going to make these kinds of disasters happen more often, and more intensely, making life for vulnerable communities even tougher. The region will get hotter. Summer rains will come later. Storms will become stronger, making flash flooding more likely. Dry spells between periods of rain will stretch out longer, which means more frequent and hotter droughts. This will hit farmers heavily, make wildland fires more problematic and damage grasslands.

This is why the uMngeni Resilience Project, which will work with communities and small scale farmers to help them cope with these extreme weather-related events, has been set up in the uMgungundlovu District Municipality.

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