About Us

About The Gugu Dlamini Foundation

Gugu Dlamini Memorial Center Trading as Gugu Dlamini Foundation (GDF) is an

Organization that exists to mitigate the impacts of HIV and AIDS and social ills through the implementation of health, and community development projects in marginalized communities. GDF is registered as a Non-Profit Organization with the Department

Social Development and as a Public Benefit Organization with the South African

Revenue Services.


It was established in 2010 by Mandisa Dlamini, the daughter of the late Gugu Dlamini, a woman stoned to death in Durban in 1998 for disclosing her HIV status. Since her death, Gugu Dlamini is one of the heroines celebrated nationwide for her braveness. In her honor, the eThekwini Municipality named the Durban Central Park as GUGU DLAMINI Park.

Our Vision

 To have educated and empowered young women (including boys and young men

& Key populations) who will refuse to be silenced on their right to health, education

And to enable them to have a positive impact in their community.


Our Mission

 We exist to empower young women/girls & key populations by bringing various

solutions to create real change. We also aim to include educational activities that

Will empower men and boys to be responsible citizens.


Our Objectives

To provide psychosocial support to the vulnerable and needy women & children.

To ensure reduction of new HIV infections through education, support and advocating for increased policy reform and stigma reduction.

To conduct HIV and AIDS / GBV prevention activities.

To reduce unemployment and poverty in communities through skills development and collaboration with relevant government and corporate sector for support interventions.

To promote Human Rights and access to basic needs.

To decrease the high number of new teenage pregnancy by conducting educational sessions on reproductive health rights.


Meet our management team. A leadership team with vision.

The Gugu Dlamini Foundation is led by visionary young women inspired by the charisma and courage of the late Gugu Dlamini. Without the committed and passion of our staff, Gugu Dlamini Foundation would have not managed to achieve all the work we have manage to achieve of the past 2 years.

 We have managed to create 30 permanent job opportunities and 28 contractual job opportunities.

Mandisa Dlamini
Mandisa Dlamini

Executive Director

Thandeka Mathe
Thandeka Mathe

Regulatory Manager

Mpumi Motaung
Mpumi Motaung

CFO & HR Manager

Nosipho Nkosi
Nosipho Nkosi

Finance Manager

Patrick Otipa
Patrick Otipa

M&E Manager

Mxolisi Biyela

Social Worker

Nelisiwe Madikizela
Nelly Madikizela

Programmes Manager

Sindi Hlongwana
Sindi Hlongwana

Procurement Officer

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