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Established in 1998, Tshikululu is a social investment fund manager and advisor, working alongside investors and other development partners to maximise the power of social investment. We define social investment as any financial commitment – from grant making to impact investing – that seeks to drive and measure social impact. Our service offering is underpinned by a deep and hands-on understanding of the complexities of development and social investment.

As agents of social change, we partner with our clients throughout South Africa to realise their social investment goals. Over the past two decades we have operated in every province in the country, covering urban and rural areas, and collaborated with social investors in various sectors including mining, financial services, renewable energy, property development, banking, insurance, healthcare and logistics.

‘Tshikululu’ is the Venda name for the resilient African Rock Fig (Ficus Abutifolia), which flourishes in South Africa’s far north regions despite few resources and a challenging environment. Just like this tree, Tshikululu’s funds support development programmes that take root in small gaps and adverse conditions, yet flourish over time. 

Disbursement of R619m worth of social investment on behalf of our clients in 2019

Number of annuity clients

Number of advisory clients

Management fees as a % of grants disbursed

Number of approved social investments

Number of proposals for funding received

Site visits completed throughout South Africa to learn what is actually happening on the ground

Percentage of Fund Management clients with a clean audit

Number of partner reports received and analysed


We maximise the power of social investment to achieve impact.


A world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.


We work with social investors and partners to design and implement high impact social investment solutions.




We approach the challenge of social change with an innovative and pioneering mindset. We thrive on complexity and ‘connecting the dots’ between seemingly disparate issues and initiatives.


  • We drive new ideas
  • We implement creative solutions


We aim to be brilliant because the work we do is too important to be mediocre. We are performance-driven and hold each other accountable.


  • We deliver great quality work


We are ethical and never compromise on our values. We care for our colleagues, clients and partners at all times.


  • We keep our word
  • We take responsibility for our actions
  • We treat everyone with respect


We respond to competing priorities with mindfulness, optimism and energy. We pull together and persevere when the going gets tough, but also take time for reflection.


  • We adapt and succeed regardless of the circumstances
  • We do better, every time