Rhodes University Sol Plaatje Institute

Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership is an associate institute of the University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies. Established in 2002, the SPI’s core mandate is to educate and train both practising and emerging media managers and leaders from and for Africa. Since its launch, more than 2,500 practising media leaders from across Africa have been trained by the SPI through its professional business and editorial short courses, and nearly 200 postgraduate students have graduated with an honours degree-level formal qualification in media management.


The African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR) is a coalition of LGBT/MSM-led organisations across sub-Saharan Africa established in 2009 and working to (1) address the disproportionate effect of the HIV epidemic on MSM and LGBT; (2) to redress the human rights violations these populations face on the continent; (3) and to increase the visibility of LGBT people and their issues. AMSHeR was formed in an attempt to devise ‘home-grown’ strategies to address local issues taking into account new developments at regional and international levels.

Gender DynamiX

Gender DynamiX is a Human Rights organisation promoting freedom of expression of gender identity, focusing on transgender, transsexual and gender non-confirming identities. The organisation was founded in July 2005 by Liesl Theron and her partner, and managed on a volunteer basis for the first two and a half years upon receiving its first funding in 2007. In 2007 it also became a registered Non-Governmental Organisation, and it is the first organisation within Africa which specifically advocates for transgender individuals.

Coalition of African Lesbians

The Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) is a network of organisations committed to African lesbian equality and visibility. We work to transform Africa into a place where all lesbians enjoy the full range of human rights, secure in the knowledge that we are recognised as full citizens, with rich and diverse cultures, and a significant and respected presence in all spheres of life, through personal and organisational growth. Our work is shaped by an African radical feminist understanding, informed by research, and strengthened by the claiming of social and economic power.

Inclusive and Affirming Ministries (IAM)

IAM was founded in 1995 in Cape Town and has gained national and international recognition for its work in the fight against discrimination of gay and lesbian people. IAM is the only organisation in Southern  Africa that officially targets the religious leaders of the mainline church communities - especially those that still adhere to patriarchal and fundamentalist values. We also partner with organisations and churches in the rest of Africa in creating dialogue.

Natural Justice: Lawyers for Communities and the Environment

Natural Justice (Lawyers for Communities and the Environment) is an international collective of legal practitioners, established in South Africa in January 2007, with the vision of using the law to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. This is achieved through the self-determination of Indigenous Peoples (IP) and local communities. Natural Justice’s mission is to facilitate the full and effective participation of local communities in the development and implementation of law and policy that impacts biodiversity and their associated cultural heritage.

The Letloa Trust

The Letloa (meaning ‘net’) Trust is the lead organisation of the Kuru Family of Organisations (KFO). It exists to give strategic direction to the KFO and to build the capacity of its members. It achieves this by providing technical, institutional, financial management, and fundraising support to the member organisations that make up the KFO. Letloa’s Board, which is made up of representatives of boards of member organisationsm, and founder members of the KFO, gives overall direction and vision to the organisation.

The Tsoro-o-tso San Development Trust

The Tsoro-o-tso San Development Trust (Trust Deed number MA 0000105/2014) is a registered Trust that advocates for and facilitates the development of the Tshwao/San people of South western Zimbabwe. For the past seven years, TSDT has been working to uplift the lives of the marginalised San communities and, despite a desperate lack of resources, is currently the only organisation dedicated to the needs of the San in Zimbabwe.

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