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 key role in the process of institutional development and transformation.
  • Our mission is to empower institutions of traditional leadership to be responsive to citizen’s needs and government priorities.


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;
  •  Research projects and policy development initiatives;
  • Promotion of intergovernmental relations between local government (Municipalities) and institutions of traditional leadership;
  • Trainings and skills development interventions;
  • Management of conflicts and disputes in rural communities;
  • Management and development of African Indigenous Knowledge Systems.