Who we are

The Mission of The EMS Foundation is the advancement and protection of the rights and general welfare of wild animals, children, elderly persons and other vulnerable groups in South Africa and Africa, for the purpose of alleviating suffering, disrupting inequality in all of its forms, raising public awareness, empowering and providing dignity.

The EMS Foundation (South Africa) was established as a Trust in November 2014 (registration number: IT 222949/14). As our Foundation was established for public benefit purposes we have Not for Profit Organisation (NPO) status (registration number: 168-304NPO) and have Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with section 18(a) status.


Louis Steyn

Louis is a highly successful and inspirational philanthropist, entrepreneur, project manager, strategist and leader who at a young age established his own property investment company. He is creative, passionate and motivated.

Rajan Desraj

Rajan is a financial professional who has extensive experience with investments and property. He is a trustee and of The DG Steyn Investment Trust and The Friends and Associates of Douw Steyn Trust. He is also a director of NPC: 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela.

Michele Pickover

Michele has an honours in History and a Masters in Environmental Sociology. She is a published author and is currently Principal Curator: Historical Papers Research Archive, University of the Witwatersrand and also coordinates the digital initiatives at Wits. Her areas of expertise and experience include Project Management and Implementation; Strategist; policy development; management and development of staff, services and systems; Proposal Writing; Fundraising; research; information resource retrieval and writing. She sits on a number of work-related and volunteer NGO governing committees, for example Community Led Animal Welfare and the South African Digitisation Initiative.

Tjaart Steyn

Tjaart is an entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is also a Trustee of The TJ Steyn Family Trust.

Anthony Franks

Anthony has been best friends with, and worked closely alongside, Louis and TJ since the age of 13. He has always held a close affinity with South Africa, its people and its nature since visiting as a young boy; and has further tied himself to the continent having married a South African in 2017. Anthony is developing the EMS Foundation in the USA and is excited about the potential this platform provides for transforming human and nonhuman lives from the inside out.

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Contact Us
Michele Pickover (Director)
Phone +27 (0) 82 253 2124
Email info@emsfoundation.org.za

Rescuing wild animals
from abusive conditions
and threats

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Promoting the rights
and interests of
vulnerable groups

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EMS Foundation

PO Box 3018, Honeydew 2040
South Africa
168-304 NPO

Contact Us

Michele Pickover (Director)
Phone: +27 (0) 82 253 2124
Email: info@emsfoundation.org.za

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