About The Victor Daitz Foundation

The Victor Daitz Foundation is a charitable trust founded by Victor Daitz on 4 July 1984.  It aims to perpetuate the spirit of the man who established it - a humanitarian who supported a wide spectrum of causes and uplifted the lives of so many.  In pursuit of this goal, in the early 2000s, the Victor Daitz Foundation decided to invest significant resources to the fight against HIV/AIDS, the most significant public health problem of our generation.  As a result, the Foundation and the University of KwaZulu-Natal established and endowed the Victor Daitz Chair in HIV/AIDS Research, based at Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.  Professor Jerry Coovadia was appointed the inaugural Victor Daitz Chair in HIV/AIDS Research and held the position until 2012.  In December 2012, Professor Thumbi Ndung’u was appointed to the Chair, which was renamed the Victor Daitz Chair in HIV/TB Research.


Born in South Africa in 1913, Victor Daitz was a highly respected industrialist and entrepreneur.  But he was also a humanitarian whose wish was to give back to the community in KwaZulu-Natal.  He was known as a man of insight, wisdom, knowledge and philanthropy and his generosity lives on through the Victor Daitz Foundation.