When the German business man Egon Mauss came to Thabazimbi in 1999 he bought some land and ran a game farm about 15 km away from the mining town Thabazimbi.
A few years later the idea grew to get involved in some kind of social initiative in Thabazimbi. In his commission a study was conducted to investigate about privately initiated social projects in South Africa who deal with social support for Aids-affected children.
And as Egon Mauss learned he was by no way the only one engaging on social ideas at Thabazimbi. In spring 2004 some people from Thabazimbi came together to exchange ideas of what could be done about poverty and abandoned or neglected children in the area. As a result the Thabang Children’s Home Trust was founded in August 2004.
Tessa White started her community project in the name of THABANG by going into the tin shack settlement of Smash Block and helping the people where she could.
Women from the settlement joined in as volunteers and a Toyota Condor was sponsored by AB Labour, a local business, to become the red THABANG Condor, that is well known to the people as THABANG’s car.
The Trust has been approved to be a Non-Profit organisation in March 2005 when Egon Mauss’ nephew, Martin Schulte-Frohlinde moved from Germany to Thabazimbi with his wife, Viveka Ansorge and their 15-year-old daughter. Martin, being an architect and carpenter took care of the reconstruction and building works for the project. A former game lodge, with the surrounding land being donated by Egon Mauss to the Trust, was changed into a children’s home and the Youth Centre was newly built on the farm of Cecil White, who leases his land to the Project.
In Smash Block, a small piece of land at the entrance was fenced in, Northam Platinum donated a trailor home, THABANG put in a second one and the Northam Clinic sent two nurses to offer daily services to the 20.000 people of Smash Block, who live without electricity, water supply and sewerage: the THABANG Community Care Centre was founded, people today simply call it the ‘Clinic’.
Martin’s wife took over THABANG’s management together with Martin, Tessa and Cecil White.
In April 2006, building works were done, when Obakeng and April Moreo moved from Mafikeng to Thabazimbi to become the house parents of the ‘girl’s house’, the THABANG Children’s Place of Safety. That time the house had only one child, today it accommodates up to 22 girls and babies.
Two years after the founding, in November 2007, the Youth Centre and the Children’s Place of Safety were registered as Places of Safety according to the South African Child Care Act.
Since spring 2006, the Community Care Centre receives Governmental funding and funding by the European Union for its Home-Based Care team.
Offering a wide range of services and receiving support from churches, businessses and lots of private people in Thabazimbi and around, THABANG Children’s Project has become a well known charitable institution.