Heal Our Land is not an entity but a “bottom-up awakening,” a paradigm shift of collaboration.

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Preparedness and Planning

Developing and implementing comprehensive disaster preparedness plans

Emergency Response & Relief

Mobilizing resources and personnel for prompt response to disasters.

Community Engagement

Engaging with communities to raise awareness about disaster risks and prevention measures.

Sustainable Development

Promoting long-term solutions to mitigate the impact of disasters and build resilience.

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Brief Overview of HOLi

Heal Our Land (HOLi) is a registered non-profit organization based in South Africa. It emerged in the aftermath of the July 2021 arrest of former President Jacob Zuma, which sparked widespread civil unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. These protests compounded existing economic strains from COVID-19, leading to rioting and looting, resulting in numerous casualties and arrests.

HOLi was born from the Kwa-Zulu Natal riots, recognizing the pressing need for coordinated disaster prevention and relief efforts. We unite civil society, bridging connections among organizations, individuals, and entities with a shared mission to develop sustainable solutions for societal issues.

In many cases, well-intentioned aid initiatives lack coordination, leading to inefficiencies like high overhead costs, needless logistics spending, and redundant relief efforts in specific regions. HOLi addresses these challenges by organizing suppliers (wholesalers, farmers, manufacturers, non-profits) and logistics to provide sustainable, effective relief to areas in need.



The South African police took former President Jacob Zuma into custody for contempt of court on 7 July 2021. Zuma’s arrest sparked nine days of civil unrest in South Africa’s provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, from 9 to 18 July. The sociopolitical instability these protests created, against the backdrop of exacerbated economic stresses caused by COVID-19 created an opportunity for groups protesting broader social ills to join the fray. The protests degenerated into rioting and looting, resulting in 342 deaths and 3,407 arrests. These nine days of unrest were the most violent in South Africa. 

To address this need, Heal Our Land has brought together 20 ambassadors who were instrumental in the disaster response, and are experts in the area of disaster relief. Thes consensus between them is that South Africa needs systems for disaster response, as well as proactive disaster prevention. Heal Our Land believes that resilient communities are foundational to disaster prevention.

  • Heal Our Land was formed during this disaster by coordinating members of the public and civil society to provide strategic relief and support. This incident highlighted the need for collective and strategic disaster response in our nation. To address this need, Heal Our Land has brought together 20 ambassadors who were instrumental in the
  • Heal Our Land was formed during this disaster by coordinating members of the public and civil society to provide strategic relief and support. This incident highlighted the need for collective and strategic disaster response in our nation. To address this need, Heal Our Land has brought together 20 Ambassadors who were instrumental in the disaster response. Collectively, we asked the question, what does South Africa need from us?


Together, we can heal our land and build a brighter future.  Whether you choose to donate, volunteer your time, or spread awareness, every contribution makes a significant difference in the lives of those affected by disasters.


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A “bottom-up awakening” A paradigm shift of collaboration

There is a need for ‘COMMUNITY RESILIENCE’ and a national alignment of established organisations, NGO’s and people who have been operating in this space so that accurate and measurable results can be reported to secure sustainable funding.

Disaster Relief Response

Disaster Response: The Heal Our Land initiative is committed to promptly addressing disasters by leveraging our expansive network of community-based partners who share our vision. In order to enable swift resource mobilization during crises, it’s essential to have proactive relief funding in place to effectively manage the situation’s impact.

During disaster events, the Heal Our Land Initiative takes a comprehensive approach. This involves coordinating the distribution of critical resources such as financial grants, emergency food provisions, WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) kits, enhancing community security measures, improving housing infrastructure, providing essential appliances, and offering vital psychosocial support, among other interventions.

To ensure an organized response, we employ a well-defined Standard Operating Procedure and a Needs Mapping Tool. We also collaborate with Ambassadors and heed government directives to comprehensively analyze and understand the specific assistance required at that precise moment. This multi-faceted approach allows us to effectively provide aid where it is most needed.

Disaster Resilience

Develop and implement a strategic-operational framework for community safety nationwide. To train communities and community members in safety and security and how to respond when disasters strike.


  • Crisis Mapping / Needs Mapping Tool: Heal Our Land is currently involved in developing an app to get an understanding of needs, and distribute resources with an overview of what’s happening on the ground, so that the government and the non-profit sector can make decisions. Create a network of NPOs and organisations to facilitate better resource stewardship and inter-organizational communication.
  • To collect and track live data pertaining to crisis prevention and management.
  • Draw insights and trends out of real-time data.
  • To create efficient and coordinated efforts for disaster relief.
  • Equip community leaders with access to resources.
  • Provide a full-circle solution that closes the link between aid required and aid provided on the ground.

Building Organisational Capacity

We facilitated a process for 3 857 people were housed in Mozambique were housed inside the church and provided with meals.

Turkey Earthquake and Supplied medical equipment and medicine, blankets, hygiene products, food and water.


Call to action

Join us on our journey

We invite you to be a part of this journey with us. Whether you’re an individual looking to make a difference, an organization seeking meaningful partnerships, or a community longing for positive change, there’s a place for you within Heal Our Land. Together, we can rewrite the narrative of South Africa, one chapter of unity, healing, and collaboration at a time.


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Hear from the people helped by healing our land

I lost my entire business, during the KZN looting in July 2021. As the only income earner and a small business, this was not only detrimental to my business but affected her entire family and their livelihood…

Zodwa Hlongwa
Afrizet Beds from KZN

Our initial meeting with HOLi has developed in a trust relationship which is based on making time to share vision, talk strategy, what worked and what didn’t in specific incidents..

Ronel Rademeyer
Chief Operations Officer: Funanani Trust