Southern African Institute of Traditional Authorities (SAITA) is a non-profit company that was established in 2015 with the aim to provide developmental programs for traditional authorities across Southern Africa.

The company is incorporated in terms of section 21 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008 and it operates as a level (1) contributor, with 100% BEE procurement recognition.


Vision and Mission Statements

  • Our vision is to support institutions of traditional leadership and play a critical, yet a constructive role in the process of institutional development and transformation.
  • Our mission is to provide strategic direction and fiduciary oversights in order to enhance functionality of traditional leadership institutions.


Operations and Objectives

The company operations are guided by the following objectives:

  • Advocacy for cultural and customary practices which conforms to the Bill of Rights and democratic principles;
  • Enhancing research projects, convene seminars and discussion forums for the exchange of views and mutual liaison on matters of common interests;
  • Observe systems of traditional courts and advance the development of African customary laws;
  • Ameliorate intergovernmental relations between local government (Municipalities) and institutions of traditional leadership;
  • Developing and presenting educational programs that encourage  good ethical conducts and proficiency in the administration of justice in general;
  • Providing comprehensive and innovative solutions to disputes and legal issues.