Funding and donations

The African Cultural Heritage Sites and Landscapes Database was created in 2004 with funding from the 'The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation', New York and supported by the foundation until 2012.

Presently the not-for-profit initiative continues as the "Zamani Project" and is funded through the independent “Zamani African Cultural Heritage Sites Trust", which was established by the Philanthropist and UCT Alumni Duncan Saville. The Trust is funded by the Saville Foundation.

Administrative support, office space and other academic services were and are provided by the University of Cape Town and the Geomatics Division at UCT. Additional funds have been generated through documentation work for the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, UNESCO and the World Monuments Fund, New York.

In addition to this the project received generous donations from Dr. Christoph Fröhlich and Mr. Martin Botha.

Zöller & Fröhlich (Z+F), Optron/Trimble, Leica Geosystems and Faro assist through the loan of equipment. The Zamani project enjoys ongoing logistics and other support from Zöller & Fröhlich.

If you would like to make a donation or offer support to the Zamani Project please contact Heinz Ruther at