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Who we are


LifeCo UnLtd South Africa is a replicable social business and is owned and governed by a charitable trust. The group employs business principles for social impact.

Life College Group (founded in 1997) has merged with UnLtd South Africa (founded in 2011). LifeCo Unltd SA as a group exists for society’s benefit and distributes 100% of its net proceeds and declared dividends to society.


Who we are


Vision: A Sustainable Nation of Champions.

Purpose: Growing Social Capital

Goal: Impact 1 million youth, 100 000 leaders and 300 emerging Impact Entrepreneurs by 2020

Investment Target: (to fund this work) Grow the current R110m (£6m) asset base to R750m (£40m) by 2020

We will achieve our vision by:

  • applying business principles for social impact (social enterprise)
  • developing critical thinking skills and purpose detection in people for enhanced academic, intrapreneurial, entrepreneurial and life performance
  • finding, funding and supporting emerging impact entrepreneurs who will champion sustainable change
  • being a leading academic and distribution authority on purpose-centered consciousness, engaged citizenship education and social enterprise
  • being a leading social enterprise that independently finances our purpose
  • maintaining good governance and fund administration


Who we are


LifeCo UnLtd SA Trust (Governance Focus)

Overarching governing entity with one beneficiary: The NPO LifeCo UnLtd – Cradle of Champions

LifeCo UnLtd – Cradle of Champions (Development Focus)

Section 21 NPO (not-for-profit) has programmes and support processes for the development of youth and adults as active contributors to the economy and society - either as graduates, engaged employees, intrapreneurs or social entrepreneurs. Section 18A PBO (Public Benefit Organisation) status and is able to receive grants and issue tax certificates in line with SA Revenue Service guidelines.

LifeCo UnLtd – Investments (Investment and Distribution Focus)

Has diversified investments and also distributes services and programmes to business / government / educational intuitions. 100% owned by LifeCo UnLtd SA Trust. Ideal BBBEE partner. BEE Rating Certificates available on request.

lifeco structure

Who we are


Trustees serve on LifeCo Unltd SA Trust and have governance oversight. The trust is the sole shareholder of the Investments Company and benefits only the NPO. It has no operating activity. (Chair: Ntombi Langa-Royds).

Directors inform, govern and direct the operating group companies and all investments - with input from Trustees (Chair: Ferdi Gazendam).

Board Members

Ferdi Gazendam

Current Position: Executive: Adcorp Global Shared Services Centre 

Term of service on LifeCo UnLtd Board since: 1 March 2010

Ntombi Langa Royds

Current Position: Director: Nthake Consultants. Human Resources Consultant & Business Woman

Term of service on LifeCo UnLtd Board since: 9 March 2010

Ian Lourens

Current Position: CEO of OneLogix Group Limited

Term of service on LifeCo UnLtd Board since: 20 March 2010

Desigan Moodliar

Current Position: Nedbank, Retail Finance Operational MI (Management Information), MI Manager

Term of service on LifeCo UnLtd Board since: 19 December 2015

Zanele Xaba

Current Position: ZMX Advisory

Term of service on LifeCo UnLtd Board since 11 March 2016

Carmen Di Rito

Current Position: Chief Development Officer of LifeCo UnLtd

Term of service on LifeCo UnLtd Board since: 1 March 2010

Patmanathan (Pat) Pillai

Current Position: CEO of LifeCo UnLtd

Term of service on LifeCo UnLtd Board since:31 August 2008

Board: Nelson Mandela - The Champion Within

Santie Botha

Businesswoman; Chancellor: NMMU

Pregs Govender

Deputy Chair:SA Human Rights Commission

Dr Reuel Khoza

Chair: AKA Capital; Chair: Nedbank Group; Chancellor: University of Limpopo

Wendy Lucas-Bull

Chair: Barclays Africa Group; Director: Peotona Group

Jabu Mabuza

Deputy Chair: Tsogo Sun Holdings; Chair: Telkom

Prof. Njabulo S Ndebele

Emeritus Professor: University of CT; Chair: MRF, NMF; Author

Joel Netshitenze

Executive Director: MISTRA; Commissioner: National Planning Commission

Doug Smollan

Chair: Smollan Group

Special Advisor: Ahmed Kathrada


what we do

Business Units

LifeCo Unltd South Africa is made up of a number of distinct business units. Click on the individual units below to find out more.


Our partners


We are proud to partner with enterprises from a variety of sectors.

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corporate partners school and university partners civil partners media partners
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If you are looking for funding and support, please apply to be a LifeCo Unltd SA Enterprizer.


If you want to invest in South Africa and/or purchase our services please fill in application below.



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We support Impact Entrepreneurs who are committed to delivering sustainable solutions to social challenges in South Africa.

We do this by seeking, profiling, and investing in emerging Impact Entrepreneurs. We then support them and open doors for them in South Africa and through our membership of the Global Social Entrepreneurs Network (GSEN). As part of the more than 40 countries in the UnLtd family worldwide (UnLtd India, UnLtd UK, UnLtd Thailand, etc.), we bring together best practice globally and local, tailored relevance to our impact entrepreneurs. These individuals are transforming their communities in South Africa by tackling social problems, improving people's life chances, or delivering environmental sustainability. They are creating effective and enterprising solutions with a measurable impact – and they go on to create jobs.

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Apply for support


Apply for support


The window for individuals to submit applications is currently closed, and will re-open in 2016.
However we will still accept nominations of individuals from organisations.

If you are an impact entrepreneur, click here for further info.

If you are from an organisation nominating an impact entrepreneur, submit a nomination.




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