About TWT



The Waterberg Trust is a U.K. charity that helps uplift the people in a corner of rural South Africa, supporting established educational, health, welfare and environmental projects on the Waterberg plateau.

Previously known as the Waterberg Welfare Society Trust we have been supporting the Waterberg Welfare Society for many years, promoting the welfare of those infected with HIV/AIDS, their dependents and the dependents of those who have died of AIDS. We promote activities aimed at preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS.


The Waterberg Trust has now branched out to provide a means of supporting a number of projects in the Waterberg and can channel tax-efficient Gift Aid donations from the UK through Justgiving.com

The Waterberg Trust is governed by a board of six trustees in the UK and the Netherlands, some of whom are founder members of WWS and who have lived in the Waterberg, South Africa.

The Waterberg Trust Logo with white writing

TWT Trustee Profiles ~

The Waterberg Trust in the UK is governed by a board of six trustees.

  • Mrs Jane Whitbread – Founder of the Waterberg Welfare Society in 2000 and Chairman from 2000-2004, whilst resident in the Waterberg on a game reserve with her husband and four children. Jane returned to the UK in 2004 and set up the WWST – now TWT – in 2006 in order to access funding streams not directly available to South Africa.
  • Mrs Sophie Williams-Thomas – An anthropology graduate who began working in the Waterberg in 1992. A founder committee member of WWS, Sophie moved to England in 2004, began to raise funds for WWS and recognised the need to set up a UK charity, open a Justgiving site and maintain a TWT website.
  • Mrs Wilhelmina Loudon-Barnaart – Once landowner in the Waterberg, now resident in Holland, she has been a trustee of TWT since its inception and was on the board member of WWS. She has twenty-five years of experience in hospital nursing and has a particular interest in the welfare of vulnerable children.
  • Mr Barry Burles – has experience and knowledge in project development and formulation of pharmaceutical products that enhance immune levels. He is involved in developing biotechnology across the breadth of food, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, diagnostics, water and the environment.
  • Mrs Elaine Franklin – has 20 years experience working for major UK and US manufacturers and for Tesco Retailing. Elaine has gained knowledge of a range of business functions, although her main passion is for marketing. She enjoys the contact this brings with people and the fulfillment of developing new opportunities.
  • Mrs Charlotte van Weede – is from the Netherlands. From 2002 until 2007 she was resident in Johannesburg where she joined the Nelson Mandela Foundation as a consultant, working on their 466/64 HIV/AIDS campaign that focused on creating awareness and raising funds for various charities in Southern Africa. She is currently working in the film industry.
  • Mrs Belinda Chaffer – has been visiting the Waterberg for ten years and took part in the 2016 TWT Challenge Ride. She brings experience in fundraising gained as Chairman of the Hampshire Branch of the Rainbow Trust for terminally ill children.TWT trustees




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