Mission and Vision


To be a leader in the creative sector in South Africa, and a development force for economic growth, financial investment, employment creation and youth and community upliftment.


The Ifa Lethu Foundation promotes partnerships and initiatives that focus on Enterprise Development, Indigenous Knowledge Transfer, Preservation and Promotion of South Africa’s cultural heritage and Human Rights Education.

This is achieved through the creation of programmes devoted to the economic upskilling of youth and communities in the creative and cultural sectors; and it provides opportunities for the preservation of SA’s future cultural legacy.

Impact Areas

National and international arenas

Beneficiaries of Ifa Lethu’s Work

  • The geographically isolated communities of South Africa
  • Youth and women of South Africa, including the disabled
  • The economy of South Africa
  • Leisure and Cultural Tourism sectors
  • The Global Financial Investment Community

Compliance with National and International Heritage Legislation And Regulations

The Foundation’s work ensures compliance with all relevant legislation including the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (Paris, 14 November 1970); the South African National Heritage Resources Act (1999); the South African Heritage Resources Agency regulations and the UNESCO and UNIDROIT Conventions.