About Us


Established in 2008, Siyavuna Development Centre (SDC) is a registered Non-Profit Organisation based in Ramsgate, on the South Coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.

Since its inception Siyavuna has trained and mentored over 2000 farmers in growing pesticide-free, naturally-grown vegetables for farmer’s own consumption and trading the surplus for income generation.

We have a shop at Sebenza Village where we sell our farmer’s vegetables under the Kumnandi brand.
The organisation is currently employs 15 staff members, and is managed by Socio-Environmental Director, Sonja Pithey and governed by a representative Board, Chair by local community development practitioner Mr Temba Zondi.

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Our Vision

Our Mission

"Enabled, Sustainable Rural Farmers"

Company Objectives


The Siyavuna Smallholder Farmer Development Model aims to enable sustainable rural farmers. Success of this model lies in each group doing what they are good at. The model takes rural farmers, creating a supportive network, focusing on skills development, mentorship and pilot projects. The value chain is assessed.


Farmers currently being supported


Farmers trained by Siyavuna since inception


People currently being mentored by Siyavuna

Meet Our Team


Pearl Mqadi

Enterprise Development Manager

Liezel Dudley

Finance & Support Manager

Oxolo Mofokeng

Deputy Director

Nhlaka Nxumalo

Mentor/ Demo/ Fleet

Sandile Mgedezi

Skills Development Manager

Nhlanhla Cele

Enterprise Coordinator

Angel Nkeletseng Leshota

Admin/ PA/ Shop Manager

Our Partners

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Building sustainable communities by empowering rural organic farmers.

Siyavuna Development Centre is a Level 1 B-BBEE Non-Profit Organisation (135% B-BBEE procurement recognition level), with a proud legacy of audited financials, managed by a representative Executive.

Siyavuna offers a comprehensive range of Corporate Social Investment (SCI), Social Labour Plans (SLP) and Social and Environmental Improvement (Triple Bottom Line) investment opportunity to Corporates seeking improved B-BBEE Scorecards and compliance with requirements of Government departments such as Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Mineral Resources and Department of Trade and Industry.

Contact us to find out about partnering with us.

Current Projects


Mainstreaming Disability

This project is primarily focussed on building internal capacity and creating awareness amongst Siyavuna Abalimi Development Centre staff with regards ...
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Water and Infrastructure GIS Project

The Water and Infrastructure GIS project aims to provide a rudimentary spatial framework for water and infrastructure for smallholder farmers ...
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Value Chain Feasibility Assessment

Our Value Chain Feasibility Assessment is an investigation into new and innovative agricultural value chains that could link smallholder farmers ...
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Contact Us


Send us a Message

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  • Sebenza Village, 1 National Road, Ramsgate, 4276

  • info@siyavuna.org.za

  • 039 312 0543

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