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Who We Are

The Bitou Community Foundation Trust (also known simply as The Bitou Trust) is a registered UK charity (Registration Number 1172847) dedicated to assisting disadvantaged communities and advancing sustainable development and conservation within the Bitou region of the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

Situated in the heart of the UNESCO Garden Route Biosphere Reserve, the Bitou municipal area covers 992 square kilometres. At its centre, Plettenberg Bay falls within one of the smallest, but most diverse biodiversity hot spots on the planet, internationally recognized not only as an important marine conservation area, but also as host to highly threatened indigenous plant species found nowhere else on earth.

Why Bitou?

Over the past decade, the Bitou area has seen huge growth in its permanent resident population – doubling from 29,000 in 2001 to some 60,000 in 2018 which, at its current annual growth rate of 3.8%, will see the population more than doubling again to circa 140,000 by 2030.

The greatest contributor to this high growth in population has been a marked increase in the poor communities of Bitou, fuelled by hopeful migrants drawn by unrealistic expectations of work and a brighter future within the region.  This growth places significant demand on support services, the environment and on the need for health, education, employment and environmental protection.  Our beneficiaries are committed to meeting these needs.

What we do

We support organisations that contribute directly to community, education, health, well-being and conservation, and work with local partners who demonstrate leadership in their efforts to uplift the communities of Bitou and safeguard the environmental value of the region. See the extent of services delivered in the Bitou area by our beneficiaries here.

Download our 2017 Annual Report.

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Our Beneficiaries

The PlettAid Foundation is committed to filling a crucial role in the health and welfare service infrastructure of the Bitou region, ensuring all have access to quality care, including palliative home-based for the sick and pastoral care for those affected by a death in the family, most especially children… Read More

The Plett Environmental Forum is a registered non-profit organization, made up of a group of concerned individuals and environmental organizations that has been involved in the protection of the environment and promotion of sustainable development in the Bitou Municipal area since 1996…Read More

Robberg Coastal Corridor Protected Environment

The Robberg Coastal Corridor Protected Environment aims to protect the highly threatened 18km stretch of pristine coastline within the UNESCO Garden Route Biosphere Reserve, maintaining vital ecological processes by enabling the migration of plants and animals between the Garden Route National Park and the Robberg Nature Reserve… Read More

Our Beneficiaries

The PlettAid Foundation is committed to filling a crucial role in the health and welfare service infrastructure of the Bitou region, ensuring all have access to quality care, including palliative home-based for the sick and pastoral care for those affected by a death in the family, most especially children.

The Plett Environmental Forum is a registered non-profit organization, made up of a group of concerned individuals and environmental organizations that has been involved in the protection of the environment and promotion of sustainable development in the Bitou Municipal area since 1996.

The Robberg Coastal Corridor Protected Environment aims to protect the highly threatened 18km stretch of pristine coastline within the UNESCO Garden Route Biosphere Reserve, maintaining vital ecological processes by enabling the migration of plants and animals between the Garden Route National Park and the Robberg Nature Reserve.

Our Trustees

Annabelle Conyngham

Annabelle Conyngham now lives in Plettenberg Bay, where for the past decade she has devoted most of her time to civic and environmental issues. She is a Founder Member of the Save Plett Alliance, and part of the Plettenberg Bay Community Environmental Forum. She is also a volunteer … Read More

Chris von Christierson

Chris von Christierson, BCom (Rhodes), MA (Cantab), Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College, Cambridge, spent 40 years in the exploration and mining industry. Having served on the boards of several companies in South Africa and internationally, including twelve years as a Director of… Read More

Jane Taylor

Jane is a writer and photographer who has lived much of her life in the Middle East and South Africa. After a degree in history and philosophy at St Andrews University, she worked as a teacher and a publisher, before becoming a freelance television researcher and producer. In the… Read More

Philippa Vaughan

Philippa Vaughan is an art historian with extensive experience of conservation and heritage issues, particularly in the Indian subcontinent. Following postgraduate studies and some academic teaching she joined Christie’s King Street to establish the department of Indian and Islamic… Read More

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The Bitou Community Foundation Trust is a UK registered charity.

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