Tembaletu was founded as a school for “differently abled” children. In 1974 a small
group of woman were concerned by the great need for a school that could cater for
Xhosa speaking children with physical disabilities in the Cape townships
While many of the schools basic needs are now met by the WCED, private funding,
fundraising and donations are still required in order to offer transport services and to
support the development of learning and therapy programs in the school.
As it stands, Tembaletu is only one of four special needs schools in the Western Cape
offering education to Xhosa speaking children in their mother tongue. It is one of
two that caters for learners with physical disabilities and is the only one that offers a
All the children attending the school have physical disabilities most commonly resulting
from Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, amputations, genetic syndromes, spinal injuries and
traumatic brain injuries. The school currently has roughly 200 students.