In addition to our school-based interventions, the Trust is piloting adult education-based interventions in three villages through the Community Cattle and Wildlife Programme.  This includes focusing on water security, food security, capacity building, health care and improved environmental management in Dixie, Utah and Welverdiend Villages.


Working at the village level allows for a more holistic overview of local challenges – the lasting relationships we have forged with the chiefs and communities of these villages will pave the way for lasting change.

Health Care

Health care facilities in the Hluvukani region are poorly resourced and under constant pressure. In partnership with the Mpumalanga Department of Health and Social Development, Aspen Pharmaceuticals and the Ndlovu Care Group, the Buffelshoek Trust established a 12 hour primary health care facility in Utah Village. The clinic has directly benefited learners and neighbouring schools have seen a marked decrease in absenteeism; teenage pregnancy and chronic illness. Read more here.

Enterprise Development

Relentless commitment & perseverance underpins everything we do.Dr Reuel Khoza, Chairman
The Trust endeavours to offer local government, the private and not-for-profit sectors, and local communities the opportunity to work together to improve the local economy.  We focus on enhancing competitiveness, increasing sustainable growth and ensuring that growth is inclusive. It is crucial to provide training and work opportunities for adults while also providing cheaply available products and services to local communities. The Trust aims to support enterprise development in a way that is guided by the communities needs, as and when the opportunities develop. To date, the Trust is successfully rolling out programmes that have created jobs through our Village Wildlife Economy Programme, Community Cattle and Wildlife Programme, Utah Community Bakery, and community gardens. Read more here.


Over a decade ago, the Trust set about addressing an essential need in the villages of Dixie and Utah – education. The Trust chose to focus on education as it is a fundamental component of true empowerment. This programme has three aspects:

Food and Water Security

The food-water focal area supports the interaction between basic landscape elements, technology, built infrastructure and skills needed to ensure food and water security in the context of a healthy, functioning environment. Projects in this focal area include the provision of boreholes, food gardens, environmental education, and community based environmental management interventions. Read more here.