About Uthingo Network

The Uthingo Network is a registered non-profit organisation based in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Uthingo has been operational since 2003 and in this time has done pioneering work with primarily young, unemployed and marginalized lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people living in and around Pietermaritzburg.

The Network started out in response to the need for LGBTI’s to have a safe place where they could meet and socialize, as no such spaces of facilities were available in Pietermaritzburg. From these beginnings it has developed into a fully functional NGO that offers a wide range of programmes and services to the LGBTI community. The organisation also works with the broader community to create a more enabling and welcoming environment, in which LGBTI’s can access services and be treated with respect and without discrimination or fear of violence.

The organisation has a small staff who contribute to every aspect of the Network’s programmes including counselling, training, event organizing and general office support. Policies and procedures are in place governing the work and finances of the organisation and it is governed by an board who meet on a quarterly basis.

Uthingo has been awarded the following human rights awards:

  • Love to Live Human Rights award in recognition of selfless commitment and sacrifice for human rights in South Africa and abroad – 2014
  • Special distinction award from the French National Consultative Commission on Human Rights. The distinction has been granted in recognition of GLNs work and active involvement in supporting the advancement of Human Rights in South Africa, especially with regards to fighting against human rights violations on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender – 2012


To be a leading LGBTI organisation in Africa promoting equality, human rights and upliftment of LGBTI people.


Uthingo ensures the upliftment and recognition of the LGBTI community through creative programmes for community members, service providers, religious and traditional leaders.


Our core values are equality, respect and acceptance.

Becoming Myself – a short film

Here is a video that highlights the work that we do and the difference that we can make in the lives of others. We would like to thank the European Union and Fireworx Media for all their help!