The Amazwi Abesifazane Museum invites partners and interested parties to join us on this journey of establishing the FIRST WOMEN’S MUSEUM in South Africa and possibly in AFRICA. 

For ways to contribute, please contact us

Amazwi appreciates all  who have contributed to the  sustainability and growth of the Amazwi project through more than 10 years of its existence……..and now towards the establishment of the Amazwi Abesifazane-Voices of Women Museum.

Partners and Funders include:

Durban University of Technology

A preferred university for developing leadership in technology and productive citizenship. Amazwi Abesifazane has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the university towards art, design, educational and research partnerships.

Michigan State University

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the Amazwi Museum and Michigan State University, USA. Museum and archival links are forged between the two institutions.

The Department of Arts, Culture, Sports and Recreation: Museum Services

The Department of Arts and Culture, Museums Services are keen to support the development of the Amazwi Women’s Museum here in KwaZulu Natal. They have also contributed to the costs of printing our educational resource material on pop-up banners which will be taken to schools and to the development of the Conversations We Do Not have catalogue.

The Foschini Group 

The Foschini Group has kindly supported Amazwi’s first skills development initiatives which include heritage guide training; mentoring graduates in developing the Amazwi educational resource and mentoring and training  Amazwi facilitators.

Rand Merchant Bank and BASA 

In assisting Amazwi to conduct a story gathering workshop of San-Bushmen women in the Northern Cape, Platfontein. A profound work and now stories of women most invisible in the South African landscape will find a home in the Amazwi Museum Archive.

MTN SA Foundation

For the loan of selected artworks from the MTN Art Collection for the Conversations exhibition, 2012. MTN has a substantial collection of Southern African artworks that reflect the South African story.

Constitution Hill 

Constitution Hill, a South African heritage site is excited to host Conversations We Do Not Have exhibition in Johannesburg. As a beacon for constitutionalism, human rights and democracy, we acknowledge the contribution of women to the fight for liberation and equal rights for all. Thus, it is important that we tell the stories of both women and children and how they continue to influence South Africa.

The Archival Platform

For their advise and support while establishing the Amazwi Women’s Museum


Phansi Museum and the Bartel Arts Trust

The museum was started in 2000 as a small private museum, and has since expanded to host one of the biggest and most spectacular collections of African arts and crafts in the world. Phansi provides Amazwi with a current home for the Archives and a small, but impressive display of the Amazwi Collection.

Mister Walker

A design company that supports the voices of women by sponsoring the creative development of the Amazwi Abesifazane Museum’s corporate identity

SunFox 43 trading as Brass cc

Who has committed their financial and ‘in kind’ support of the Amazwi Abesifazane project and now the Amazwi Museum for the past 10 years. Their continued support enables the Museum to do its work.

Janine Zagel 

For her contributions to the Amazwi Project for many years and her kind contribution to the establishment of the Amazwi Museum website.

Stoneford Conservation Trust

For their support through environmental projects that sees trees been planted to off-set our carbon footprint. The Stoneford Estate has donated land to the value of more than R2m to the Amazwi Trust on which the Amazwi Women’s museum will be built.  The site is situated on Old Main Road, Alveston, Valley of a Thousand Hills, KwaZulu Natal.

Gary van Wyk

For the donation of office space and infra-structure

Project Good

For the donation of an Archiving system

The Ether Initiative

Assisting  Amazwi in its digitization strategy.


The Playhouse Company

In supporting and hosting the Conversations exhibition, 2012 and an educational exhibit in 2013

Amazwi past funders and partners 

 Amazwi Abesifazane – Voices of Women project has had many partners in the past.

Amongst these are the Prince Claus Foundation, The Royal Netherlands Embassy; Bartel Arts Trust and Artists for Human Rights Trust; Charles James Lillieshall Trust; Dr. Kyle Kauffman- (Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA); Pamela Allara, – (Brandeis University, Massachusetts, USA); Dr. Carol Becker (The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA.); The French and Swiss Governments, L’Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, Délégation aux Droits de l’Homme et à la Démocratie, Comunidade dos Paises de Lingua Portuguesa,CPLP; Culturgest; The School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Unilever; The City of Durban