The Pumba Foundation
Since opening in 2004, Pumba Private Game Reserve has not only focused on being an ecotourism business, but also supporting the surrounding community. As one of the main employers of the Seven Fountains area, Pumba is committed to responsible tourism, conservation, education, community and social upliftment. The initial focus on conservation programs has steadily grown to support projects specifically designed to bring cooperation and support to the entire area.
The Pumba Social Responsibility and Conservation Foundation is funded through generous donations and a voluntary guest foundation levy of R250 per room, per night. All funds are directed towards conservation initiatives and projects identified by the local community. Additional donations are welcome and greatly appreciated.
The heart behind the foundation
Pumba Private Game Reserve has been a key employer in the Seven Fountains and surrounding area. With close to 150 staff members, Pumba relies on the community of Seven Fountains to maintain the exceptional care of our guests that we have strived to give since those early days in 2004. Owners and directors Trevor Lombard and Dale Howarth established the Pumba Foundation to give back to the community and further uplift the community that has been such a big part of Pumba.
The heart behind the foundation is the fundamentals and basic needs that the community so badly needs. Education, healthcare, sports, infrastructure, skills training and other community projects are all supported by the generous donations of guests of Pumba through a voluntary contribution of R250 per room, per night. All proceeds of these donations allow our Foundation to empower, create and uplift in so many ways!
Meet our team members
CONSERVATION AND FOUNDATION MANAGER
Neale has been part of the Pumba team since 2015, first working in the lodge as Day Safari Manager, then moving into the reserve team as Assistant Head Ranger, before finally taking over as Conservation and Foundation Manager. Neale grew up in the Seven Fountains and Grahamstown area and can trace his family back seven generations to exactly where Pumba is currently situated. Neale’s father, Dale, who is one of the Directors of Pumba, grew up as a fundamental part of the Seven Fountains community, playing an influential role in the initial upliftment and growth of the community. It is because of this rich history that the Pumba Foundation aims to continue the work done by Dale in the early years of Seven Fountains, a history that Neale is excited to be a part of.
FOUNDATION SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY OFFICER
Nomawethu joins the team with a wealth of experience and knowledge in both the private and public sectors. Born and raised in Alicedale, just 25km away from Pumba, she first joined the Pumba family in 2007 as a field guide, developing a respect for the natural habitat of Pumba and using her naturally outgoing personality to educate and host guests at Pumba. Over the course of 6 years at Pumba, Nomawethu fulfilled a variety of roles, overseeing guiding responsibilities, staff accommodation management and the original social responsibility program founded to help Seven Fountains. In 2013, Nomawethu was given the opportunity to serve her municipality and took up the role of Outreach Youth Co-Ordinator at the Mayor’s office and later as the Agriculture and Rural Development Co-ordinator in the Local Economic Development and Planning Department. With the formal setup of the Pumba Foundation in 2018, Nomawethu was the natural choice for this important role and we are thrilled to have her back in the local community continuing what she started in 2008.