Making a difference
since 1986

who we are

Ntataise Lowveld is an Accredited Training Provider, delivering training and support in the field of Early Childhood Development. We use the well-researched training materials and assessment guides developed by Ntataise Trust, Viljoenskroon and offer Courses (Core, Electives and Fundamentals) from Level 1 to Level 4, leading to a National Certificate in ECD.

We encourage and teach practitioners to stimulate rural and under privileged children through the Early Childhood Development programs aimed to promote greater success through their formal schooling.

Registration number: NPO 007-159
Supplier Number: MAAA0410612PBO
SARS NO: 930008852

Our programmes

We are an Accredited Training Provider, delivering training and support in the field of Early Childhood Development. See the programmes we offer.

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Success stories

See how we have shaped the minds of young children

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Our funders

We are grateful to the foundations, government agencies, individual donors, universities, associations, private companies and other clients who support our work, as well as the organizations we partner with to propel our mission.

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Our operational area

Ntataise Lowveld Trust operates in Mpumalanga Province, in the Mbombela and Nkomazi municipalities of the Ehlanzeni district. Our area is large, extending from the Mozambique Border in the East to the Elands Valley in the West.

The demand for our specialized services is constant, and growing, as we are the only independent training organisation offering this training in the region.

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We are honoured

Since 1986 Ntataise Lowveld has influenced the lives of thousands of children through the training we have provided to hundreds of rural practitioners.

To date we have received more than 14 awards for the efforts and work we do. We are honoured that the work we do gets recognised by so many.

To name a few

Our board members

This is the leadership team that guides us to inspire and make a difference in the lives of other people to thrive.

  • Ponting, Mr. Arthur Neil
  • Blair, Mrs. Sally Ann
  • Greathead, Mrs. Sally Ellen
  • Kenyon, Mrs. Barbara Anne
  • Nhlengethwa, Mrs. Sesi Maartjie
  • Phosa, Mrs. Yvonne Nkwenkwezi
  • Ponting, Mrs. Susan Natalie

Our staff

While we aim to create a culture based on the principles of integrity, honesty and dignity, we also set high educational standards to excel the early childhood development of our children.

We realise that those standards can only be maintained by investing in the continuous development of our people.

Our rich history

A humble beginning

Ntataise Lowveld Trust was established in 1986 as a mentee of Ntataise Trust, Viljoenskroon. The initial aim was to alleviate mothers who worked on the farm with babies on their backs. Through greater research, collaboration and partnership with other farm owners such as Ntataise Trust Viljoenskroon, this saw the formation of farm creches and later expanded to include community pre-schools.

Although Ntataise Lowveld became an independent NPO in 1995, it is still affiliated to Ntataise Trust, Viljoenskroon, and is a member of the Ntataise Network which includes enjoying benefits such as utilizing their well-researched training materials, exposure to best current practices in the ECD sector, shared changes in the ECD landscape and an overall collaboration and partnership.

A humble beginning
Ntataise ensures a caring environment for farm children

The name Ntataise is given to the first nursery school project in South Africa to cater specifically to the needs of farm children. Pioneered by a farmer's wife, Jane Evans of Viljoenskroon in the Orange Free State.

First Nursery School
Donation for the upliftment of women

A cheque of R20 000 donated to Ntataise Lowveld from Standard Bank for the upliftment of rural woman from disadvantaged backgrounds in farms, town and rural villages, so that these woman can develop skills to enable them to offer meaningful early-learning opportunities to children growing up in these regions.

Standard Bank Donation Left to right: Mrs Toni Ponting, Mrs Margaret Solomon
320 Ntataise Lowveld graduates receive certificates

Hosted at the Nelspruit City Theatre it is said that 320 teachers obtained their certificates after successful completion of the training given by Ntataise Lowveld. Ntataise Lowveld is a non-governmental organisation which covers a large area extending from Mozambique border to Nelspruit. Graduates included teachers from both Nelspruit and Malelane. Mpumalanga Priemier Matthew Phosa, MEC for Education, Ntataise representatives, teachers and members of the public were to be found at the event. MEC David Mabuza emphasized that early childhood development is seen as an umbrella term which applies to the processes by which children from birth to nine years grow and thrive, physically, mentally, emotionally, morally and socially.

Lowveld Graduates Certificates
The winning from What’s Your Next TV game show sponsored by Standard Bank

The winnings, courtesy of Standard Bank were used towards ECD training for disadvantaged women in our rural communities and equipping them with accredited Skills Development Training. skills which will enable them to become employable and financially independent so that they too can work towards achieving their next.

Standard Bank Sponsorship
Partnership with Nal’ibali

The non-profit organisation Ntataise Lowveld’s director, Tseli Scharer, opened the educational toy and book library to seven Masoyi schools on January 23. The chairman of this 33-year-old organisation, Neil Ponting, said this NGO “has changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of children over the years and aims to reach another 400 000 children in the next five years”.

Ntataise Lowveld has also partnered with Nal’ibali, and together their goal is to cultivate a love of books and stories. “We realise more than anything else that the foundation of all of our lives is laid in the first six years of living.

Nal'Ibali Partnership
Our exciting future

Having consolidated our reputation by providing reliable and expert ECD training in the communities, our plans for the future include expanding our activities into community development. Many of the pre-schools in which we are involved are ideally placed to become community centres, where assistance in the areas of HIV/Aids, orphaned, abused and vulnerable children, further food gardens, adult education, and many other services can be provided. In partnership with the people of the region, we envision the development of several such centres.

Our exciting future