The “Greater Tzaneen Community Foundation” (GTCF), is a not for profit organization registered with the National Department of Social Development (150-154 NPO) and with CIPC (K2017188114). With it’s head office in Tzaneen, the GTCF was established to support community socio-economic development in Limpopo Province and Southern Africa

Science and Technology Centres

Talent Development Academy

Inclusive Community Empowerment Centre

Community outreach and community development

National Science Week (NSW)

29 July -03 August 2019 The NSW is an annual national event of the Department of Science and Technology’s South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA) aimed at raising awareness about science and technology

Saturday Practise Sessions

(10 August 2019 – current)The Robotics teams have regular open Saturday meetings from 9h00 to 16h30 where each of the units (marketing, hardware and software) work to sharpen their skills

Targeted Presentations

The Robotics teams also present to various target groups including especially potential funders.

Charity Work

05th of February 2020 GTCF donated 3 x wheelchairs to Thushang-Pfunani centre.

First robotics

First Lego League Discovery

The Greater Tzaneen Community Foundation (GTCF), in partnership with University of South Africa (UNISA) and the Limpopo Department of Education (DOE) Mopani West District, piloted the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE DISCOVERY program.

FIRST Lego League

About the First Lego League (FLL): The FLL focuses on developing children aged between 9 (nine) and 16 (sixteen), to be innovators who also practice imaginative thinking and teamwork.


The South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA), an agency of the Department of Higher Education and Innovation, organizes an annual TechnoYouth Competition.

First Tech Challenge (FTC)

The FTC program works with teams of minimum 10 and maximum 15 members aged between 12 (twelve) and eighteen (18) or Grade 12. The team members are challenged to design, build, program, and operate robots to compete in a head-to-head challenge in an alliance format.

First Robotics Competition (Ages 15-18)

Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of students (maximum 15 per team) are challenged to design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors

Coach/mentor development

Coach/mentor development

The GTCF supports the professional development of technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators. In 2017, GTCF partnered with the Federal University of Pelotas (UFPEL) in Brazil and hosted a 15 x days robotics tutor training workshop

3D printing

3D Printing

GTCF/Quadx 6299 partnership included a donation of 2 x 3D Printers.

Business incubator

Business Incubator

GTCF designed the “Socio-Techno-Preneur” program which is intended to support the development and or growth of science and technology driven businesses.

Online content production & distribution initiative

Online Content Production and Distribution Initiative

GTCF has so far acquired 3 x film and television production cameras, a MacBook computer for editing, a sound system and a stage which is utilised for outdoor shooting. In addition, the GTCF has a basic production studio for talk-shows which still require development and more equipment.

Our Team

Mr Pedro Tucotuco

Operations Manager & Talent Development Academy Coordinator

Mr Peter Maleta

Executive Director.

Mr Tebogo Matlou

Head - Technical Support

Adv Josias Maake

Chairperson of Board & Head of Governance and Nominations

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