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02 Chapter 01 | A parent’s story 04 Chapter 02 | The why, who and what of Shine 08 Chapter 03 | Message from Maurita 10 Chapter 04 | How we’ve grown 12 Chapter 05 | Shine Centres & Shine Chapters 16 Chapter 06 | Our Volunteers 24 Chapter 07 | Creating literacy champions through training 26 Chapter 08 | Our Donors 28 Chapter 09 | Our Partners 30 Chapter 10 | Financials 32 Chapter 11 | How you can help


“I used to ride the train every day to work and would see children my son’s age dressed in smart uniforms on the train. As the number of uniformed children grew, I took it as a sign that the school was progressing, so I decided that this is where I wanted to send Simanye.” Simanye’s father 02


hen Mr Matafeni and his wife brought their eldest son, Simanye to Cape Town from the Eastern Cape, they were prepared to make sacrifices so that he could receive a better education. When he started in Grade 3 at Observatory Junior School, he was unable to speak a word of English, having only ever spoken isiXhosa. “I would try to explain English words to my boy. He would repeat them back to me, but in the next minutes, he would forget. It used to hurt me so much and I would get very angry with him.” His parents wondered if there was something wrong with their son and couldn’t understand why he was struggling, even though he was going to a good school. In March, Simanye was placed on the Shine Programme and soon thereafter, his parents were invited to attend a Shine Parent Workshop. “It was so useful to learn how to help our child at home through everyday things.” Two months after joining the Shine Programme, Simanye started to speak and read to his parents in English. Day-by-day, his confidence improved. Today, Simanye reads the paper with his father, and on Sundays, he and his mother read his Shine ‘take-home-book’ at bedtime. In just under five months, Simanye’s progress has been astounding. “He reads many pink books on his own, loves making sentences and shows us how he can read,” said his proud father. “I want to encourage Shine. You guys are changing lives,” he says.

“Shine taught me the importance of being calm, taking my time and not rushing my son to learn to read.” Simanye’s father Simanye Matafeni (right) with one of Shine’s alumni, Sihle Mncsine.



t’s a fact that less than half of all Grade 3 children in South Africa can read at an acceptable level.

As children move out of their Foundation Phase school years (Grade R to Grade 3), the focus shifts from learning to read to reading to learn. Children who struggle to read will find it hard to learn across all subject areas, and are therefore at risk of falling behind in their education. If we fail to address poor literacy rates in the crucially important Foundation Phase, too many children will continue to drop out of school, or will struggle to matriculate with grades that are good enough to allow further studies. As a result, they are unlikely to find meaningful employment that would enable them to become economically active citizens, with the ability to provide for themselves and their family.

Teaching a child to read is the ď€ rst step towards life-long learning. 04


We are motivated by our vision: a nation of readers. The Shine Centre is an award-winning, non-profit organisation dedicated to providing low-cost, highly effective literacy interventions. It has enabled thousands of children from poor, predominantly black and coloured communities, to read. The funds we receive are used to develop and run our childhood literacy programmes. Through the committed and passionate support of our volunteers, an increasing number of children are leaving Grade 3 able to read – and we have the results to prove it!




We aim to help young children from disadvantaged communties in South Africa achieve age-appropriate literacy levels using Shine Programmes that have been endorsed by government.* Literacy Centres



Through our network of Shine Centres, Shine Chapters and Independent Literacy Centres, we focus on providing individual support, through trained volunteers, to children who are assessed as being ’at risk’ of learning to read. Most of the children we help, attend schools that are underresourced and over-subscribed (i.e. a high teacher to learner ratio), and they are being taught in a language (predominantly English) that is not their mother-tongue.

Through our Shine-in-a-Box training programme, we support individuals and organisations around the country, who like us, are passionate about helping more children to read. By training, mentoring and supporting others to set up community literacy centres, Reading Clubs or Shine Chapters, we are extending the reach and impact of our programme.

Our unique Shine Resource Cabinets – mobile, lockable mini-libraries, stocked with age-appropriate reading books and teaching aids – are providing instant solutions for schools, community centres and Early Childhood Development (ECD) facilities around the country that desperately need access to suitable books and literacy aids.

*The Shine Centre is endorsed by the Western Cape Department of Education and is permitted to operate during school hours.



If our children are unable to read and obtain a good education, what hope do we have of signiď€ cantly reducing poverty and unemployment? 08


t’s widely acknowledged that South Africa’s education system under-performs. The seriousness of this issue should not be underestimated.

How are we going to encourage more children to become engineers, teachers, accountants, nurses and other skilled and professional workers, if they can’t read? The new CAPS curriculum and recommendations contained in the NEEDU Report (2013)* offer hope. In the meantime, each year, children are starting school eager to learn to read, write and count. Many carry the hopes and dreams of their parents and grandparents who sacrifice a lot to send their daughters and sons to ‘better schools’. How disappointing it must be for them when their children struggle, or fail to learn, even the basics. Even worse, how devastating it is for children who might quickly lose faith in their ability, if they struggle without help. Addressing these inspiring desires to become well-educated and to achieve personal well-being has motivated The Shine Centre, since we started our pilot project at Observatory Junior School in Cape Town in 2000.

We’re enormously proud of what we have achieved, and owe a debt of gratitude to the hundreds of Shine volunteers and our loyal donors. Without your support and commitment, none of our achievements over the past 12 years would have been possible. Looking ahead, our aim is to establish eight Shine Centres, 15 Shine Chapters and 200 Shine Reading Clubs nationally by 2016, that will benefit 18 000 children. We’ll achieve this largely by empowering and up-skilling others who, like us, believe that Words Can Change Worlds. Thank you for joining us in our journey so far. We look forward to working with you to realise our vision: a nation of readers.

Maurita Glynn Weissenberg Founder and Executive Director

*National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU) School Evaluation Report (2013)



Since the millenium, 2695 children have directly beneď€ ted from The Shine Centre Literacy Programme. 2695 1665














In just four years, Maurita and the first team of Shine volunteers witnessed the literacy levels of Grade 3 children at Observatory Junior School increase from 50% to 82.7%!


t all started in 2000, when The Shine Centre Founder and Executive Director, Maurita Glynn Weissenberg volunteered at Observatory Junior School in Cape Town. An experienced remedial teacher, Maurita recognised that poor literacy levels could be improved dramatically by pairing children, who were struggling to learn to read, with trained volunteers. Using a UK programme (Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnerships) as a foundation, and in collaboration with other education specialists, she formulated The Shine Centre Structured Literacy Programme and introduced it to Grade 2 and Grade 3 children at the school.

Over the past year we have distributed over 10 000 new and second-hand books, valued at over R400 000.

Nine Shine Resource Cabinets were sent to Reading Clubs and Shine Chapters around the country.

Today The Shine Centre runs seven literacy centres and five Shine Chapters. It has also helped establish nine Independent Literacy Centres around South Africa. But we haven’t only focused on Shine’s direct intervention at schools. In our mission to create a nation of readers, we’ve expanded our programme. In 2012/13, we reached out to community organisations around the country and helped establish Reading Clubs in communities and Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres. The Clubs work in either their home language and/or in English. Our training for users of our Shine programme (known as Shine-in-a-Box Training) has enabled us to share our knowledge, techniques and programme



Independent Literacy Centres

Shine Centres


Shine Chapters



Shinein-a-Box Trainings


Reading Clubs

with others. This has empowered fellow South Africans to directly and fundamentally improve literacy levels in our country. Over the past two and a half years, we’ve run 16 training sessions for 198 people and helped set up 29 community Reading Clubs. We have also provided access to books for many children. During the last 12 years we’ve collected, sorted and passed on, tens of thousands of good-quality new and second-hand books to schools, and secured funding to provide nine new Shine Resource Cabinets to schools and community centres across South Africa.


Our 2013 mid-year results demonstrate the effectiveness of The Shine Centre Literacy Programme.

SHINE CE & CHAPT After just 32 hours of tuition from a trained volunteer, only 6 of the 367 Grade 2 children assessed remained ‘at risk’.




llowing children to learn through play achieves great results. Our 36 unique Shine Literacy Games are a fundamental component of the Shine Programme and help teach vital skills in a fun and interactive manner. The Shine model allows for flexibility and creativity within a stress-free and encouraging learning environment.



ach Shine Centre and Shine Chapter is run by a dedicated Centre Manager who coordinates a team of trained volunteers. The reading level of Grade 1 children is assessed at the end of their school year. This enables us to measure their literacy proficiency. On average, half the children who progress to Grade 2 need to attend the Shine Programme in order to improve their literacy levels. Shine children are assessed twice during their Grade 2 year to determine their progress. All Grade 3 children are tested to determine overall literacy levels, which helps us to make recommendations for them in Grade 4.

At the end of 2012 we assessed a total of 809 children. Of these, 43.5% were considered ‘at risk’ or ‘poor’ and were assigned to the Shine Programme.

Our 2013 mid-year results demonstrate the effectiveness of The Shine Centre Literacy Programme. After just 32 hours of tuition from a trained volunteer, only six of the 367 Grade 2 children assessed remained ‘at risk’. In 2012 and 2013, through the generosity of Mullers Optometrists, every Grade 1 child at five schools served by Shine Centres in Cape Town received a free eye-test and spectacles if required.

Why are literacy levels in South Africa so low? Although the introduction of Grade R classes and the new CAPS curriculum is helping to improve literacy levels, recent studies* have identified a number of key factors that are contributing to poor literacy levels: •

• •

The language of instruction is often in the child’s second or third language. There is poor access to ageappropriate reading books. Insufficient time is given to allow children in the Foundation Phase to write (an important step towards consolidating literacy development). In some schools, teaching ability is sub-standard.

Further research suggests that poor nutrition and health, lack of intervention in Early Childhood Development, and stressful social conditions, puts children at risk of learning even before they enter school. *National Education Evaluation and Development Unit (NEEDU) School Evaluation Report (2013)


OUR VOLUNTE “Nine-tenths of education is encouragement.” Anatole France




t the core of The Shine Centre are over 500 dedicated volunteers, who donate an hour-and-a-half to three hours of their time each week to work with one or two children at a Shine Centre or Shine Chapter. Our dedicated Shine Volunteers come from all walks of life and from around the world, and all share the ethos that Words Can Change Worlds. Thanks to their support, 285 children were part of The Shine Centre Programme in 2012 but only 23% of them required additional support after Grade 2. Volunteer feedback on the progress of each child is critical. Volunteers make detailed notes in the child’s personal file after each session, allowing us to track the advancement of each child. They also comment on the child’s power of concentration and self-esteem, and record whether the child is reading at home or not. But Shine Volunteers are not just helping children to read – they are personal champions. At every learning session, their patient and encouraging approach helps to


build the child’s confidence. They instil in the children the belief that they can learn to read. Our volunteers celebrate each tiny milestone and encourage our children to realise that they too, can SHINE. After each session, every volunteer gives his or her child a ‘praise note’ – a special, personalised message of encouragement that many children proudly show their parents and hold onto as keepsakes. These little touches go a long way towards creating a positive learning environment.

During 2012 and up to October 2103, 16 007 volunteer hours were donated to The Shine Centre. At a modest value of fifty Rand (R50) per hour, this translates into a collective donation of over R800 000!


HOURS average tutoring time per week.

Current number of Volunteers


R800 000+ per year back into the economy from the volunteer workforce.


Number of hours of tutoring support given by Shine Volunteers through the Shine Programme in 2012 & 2013.

8500+ hours given in 2013






“Shine feeds my soul - when I am there, I don’t want to be anywhere else!” Leigh Anne


ne of The Shine Centre’s longest serving volunteers is Leigh Anne Nathan, who from 2006 spent three years at Observatory Shine Centre before moving to Zonnebloem Shine Centre. There she became a volunteer Shine Centre Manager until funding became available for us to appoint a full-time manager. Today, she continues to volunteer twice a week at Zonnebloem Shine Centre.

Leigh Anne laughs when she recalls some of the more quirky moments with her Shine children, remembering in the early days when a few rather unsuitable readers had been donated to the organisation. “I was reading a book to a child that had pictures of snow and reindeers in it. I said to him that he probably wouldn’t know what this animal is as we don’t have them in our country. Upon which he replied, ‘No ma’am, it’s a Christmas donkey!’ ”

“It’s all about the giving,” says Leigh Anne. “I know how fortunate I am, how fortunate my children have been, and so it’s a privilege to be able to help.

Leigh Anne has watched the Shine Literacy Programme grow, develop and be refined over the years and values most the assessments. “As a volunteer, I’m inspired by the children who are so keen to learn and want Shine’s assistance. It’s so encouraging to see the incredible results achieved by the children, who thanks to our support in learning to read, are now managing at school. Shine has devised an answer (to some of the major learning obstacles), and it’s right there for us to use. It’s so easy, so let’s use it!”

I feel if you’re going to live in South Africa, you have to give back. It’s just too easy to turn a blind eye. What I appreciate about being a Shine Volunteer, is that I get to see the reality of our country’s education system first-hand. It’s given me an insight into how desperate the situation is and I can better understand the challenges so many South Africans face, through the child I am helping. It puts it all into perspective.”

“Over my years with Shine, I’ve grown so much as a person. I’ve learned to prioritise, reflect on true fulfilment and learn what makes me happy. My gain is the children’s gain. Shine feeds my soul - when I am there, I don’t want to be anywhere else!”



A big thank you to our 2012 and 2013 volunteers. *as at October 2013. Excludes Shine Chapters.

Byron Schwartz • Devon Grant-Hayes • Mandy Solomon • Marcia Randell • Margie Cook • Pravina Vassen • Sue Hendler • Susie Moffatt • Angela Kaplan • Ann Hodge • Ann Sass • Annika Loftenius • Aysha Mohamed • Barbara Walsh • Brita Kirk • Carol Hartley • Caroline Kloppert • Dee Turner • Denyse Ruger • Di Franklin • Eileen Villa-Vicencio • Elizabeth Allen • Ellen Corrigall Ethleen Lastovica • Franz Schoeman • Ginette Flockton • Greg Cooke • Helen Collett • Hilary Edwards • Jan Edwards • Jane Hofmeyr • Janet Cornish-Bowden • Jill Bowden • Jill Hutchison • Jill Simpson • Joyce Conway • Judi Thomas • Justine Shaskolsky Karen Triegaardt • Karin Winstain • Katherine Twomey • Laura Simonis • Lindsay Schwartz • Louise Holtzhausen • Lynne Johnson Maria Kawuma • Mariette Pitlo • Marilyn Jackson • Maryna Beukes


Matthew Farquhar • Michelle Cohen • Nancye Homer • Nicolette Lockyer-Witten • Odette Halliford • Pam Solomon • Philippa Black Prue du Toit • Rhiannon Jones • Ross Metcalf • Roxanne Walker • Sabeeha Khamissa • Sandra Jones • Sheila Beretti • Shelley Hyne Sheryl Kavin • Shirley Lamb • Silvia Ferrari-Keller • Sue Deering • Sue McConnell • Tessa Gauntlett • Thalia Hock • Tish Douglas • Wendy Sceales • Wendy Dorey • Yvonne Hart • Adrienne Melzer • Alexia Beckerling • Allyson Biggs • Andre Esnault • Andrea Powell Annalise Hickman • Anne O’Reardon • Asha Raichoora • Brenda Jackson • Brenda Pearce • Carol Patterson • Carron McGuinness • Cate Morton • Caz Louw • Celine Fjeldheim • Cheryl Wagenheim Christine McPherson • Cilla Tonkil • Claudia Scherer-Scheltema • Cynthia Querido • Denise Walters • Diane Bloch • Eileen Smiedt Gabi Sulcas • Geoffry Mymin • Gerhard Baer • Hazel Pushman • Helen De Beer • Helen Traub • Jackie Le Cordeur • Jacqueline Gericke • Jessie Nurtman • Jill Bass • Joan Freedman • Johanna Ahs • Judi Newman • June Holland • Karin-Marie Wilson • Kelly Harding • Klaus Althof • Laura Wisenberg • Linda Helfet • Linda Raubinheimer • Linda Stein • Lisa Smith • Lizelle Hendricks • Lola Krafchik • Louise Meyer • Lydia Millner • Lyn Portlock • Lynne Perl • Mandy Harris • Marcia Orlin • Michelle Bungey Mike Sandler • Nathalie Sinovich • Nicky Felbert-Lazarus • Nicolene Schluschen • Pam Symons • Pat Jacobson • Paul Waldeck Paul Mazwayi • Penelope Lee • Priscilla Lazarus • Renay Walker • Renee Gillis • Rita Sawtell • Ruth Goodman • Samantha Eaton • Sheree Linde • Shirley Sudwarts • Shirley Karon • Simone Affana Stephanie Frey • Sue Bell • Sue Bermeister • Suraj Valand • Sylvia Althof • Wendy Schaffer • Woudé Muller • Zillah Kudo • Ann

Gamble • Anne Preiss • Aroshnee Govender • Belinda Burton • Brenda Smit • Catherine Magrath • Christine Terry • Colleen Gray Cynthia Oldfield • Cynthia Clarke • Desray Patterson • Diane Kerswill • Elizabeth de Villiers • Emily Cartwright • Erika Targett Fiona Burtt • Gill Blackburn • Helen Hall • Helen Lea • Jane Forsthye • Jean Kilroe • Jennifer Dukas • Jenny Collett • Joan Taylor • Joanne Evans • Judith Peck • Jules Michael • Julia Casciola Karin Chubb • Kelly Richards • Linda Stewart • Lindsay Peel • Lola Ostrofsky • Lucy Corne-Duthie • Lyn Warner • Maaike Duk • Mary Cartwright • Megan Clegg • Melly Lewis • Patti Fievez • Ray Butters • Ruth Simpson • Sally-Ann Spooner • Sandra McWatts Susan Fitz-Gerald • Tessa Curtis • Veronica Cousins • Alexa Servante • Alina Anna Cornils • Alison McAlpin • Amanda Holmes Caro Macdonald • Carole Abromovitz • Carrie Turner • Cathy Maroon • Cecil Jansen • Cindy Adshade • Colleen Harford • Dee Lynam • Dot Pink • Eileen Bintcliffe • Eileen De Kock • Emily Smith • Fenja Hoffmann • Gary Anderson • Glen Jensen • Helen Hoare • Hilary Hill • Ineke Slabbert • Jackie Romanov • Jacky Martin • Jacqui Lardner • Jane Rowse • Jane Bell • Janet Steer • Janine Stephen • Jean Pyle • Jenny Schneider • Jeremy Martin • Joanne MacDonald • Julie Silvester • Kate Peng • Kathryn Torres • Kathy De Kock • Kaz Roberts • Leigh Mylrea • Leigh Anne Nathan Lisa Marie Heuschober • Margaux Newdigate • Mary Casey • Michelle Hill • Penny Belcher • Pia King • Robyn Von Geusau • Rosalind Malandrinos • Sally Chapman • Sandy Colman • Sheila Becker • Shelley Beer • Simone Terwin • Stephanie Wilson • Sue Joustra • Val Brady • Yvette Wilsenach • Zayyaan Ahmed • Adrian Badminton • Amanda Ames • Amanda Voss • Ann Donovan •

Arlene Cloete • Brigitte Deary • Bronwen Beckett Cecily Van Gend • Daniela Comar • Debbie Holloway • Denise Scholtz • Emma Donovan • Estelle Appleby • Irene van Wyngaardt Janice Smith-Moodliar • Jenny Theron • John Ramsdale • Judi Hamilton • Judy Sewell • Kiara (Shirley) Kantor • Linda Pickstock Lorraine Galp • Merryl Jackson • Naureen Jordan • Nikki Metz Norma Radcliffe • Rose Prew • Shantle van der Vent • Shelagh Raubenheimer • Sue Maxwell • Susan Townsend • Tanya Hoskins Tracy Turner • Vicky Hunter • Ananta Kaiser • Andrea Papier • Anina Janse Van Rensburg • Antoinette Galvin • Barbara Vintcent Bongai Ramhewa • Bridget Sellick • Catherine Hawinkels • Cynthia Katz • Elmarie Smith • Emmy Bronsema • Janine Louw • Johannes Nel • Julie Plaistowe • Karen Friedman • Kate Kimpton • KateLynne Charteris • Kirsten Jensen • Letticia Khumalo • Manka Sitoma • Matthew Tyrrell • Naraileen Corker • Ned Cavendish • Phillip Rendel • Robyn Smith • Sadie Beyl • Sarah Marot • Sieraaj Ahmed • Sonia Ramautar • Tamryn Naude • Taryn Wilkins • Theresa Giuricich • Tsungai Mudekunye • Wendy Martin • Andrea Kirk • Ashli Gersh • Carol du Toit • Catherine Mallaby • Cathy Stagg • Charlotte Marais • Chris Forte • Eileen Hughes • Grant Sieff • Inge Anderssen • Jane Rosenberg • Jovanka Stevens • Joyce Evard • Kenau Allan • Kurt Duvel • Laurel Prast • Lilla Amos • Lucy Morgan-Grenville • Lynda Roverch • Michelle Biederman • Nicky Kurgan • Nicole Burrows • Rebecca Jackman • Renee Bishop Riette Verster • Shaheda Bassier • Stacy Ludwig • Stephanie Veldman • Sue Kramer • Tamara Rothbart • Thelma Shapiro • Vanessa Kerwin • Wendy Damerell • Zelma Manning



By sharing our knowledge and skills with others we believe we will get closer to achieving our vision: a nation of readers. 24

Shine Outreach As the success of our work becomes more widely known, the demand for us to support schools and community groups across South Africa, has grown significantly in 2012/2013. Our Shine-in-a-Box training programme provides intensive training to individuals who want to set up a Shine Chapter (social franchise) in their community. In 2012/2013 we conducted 10 Shine Outreach training sessions resulting in the creation of one new Shine Chapter, two Shineinspired Independent Literacy Centres in Johannesburg and 29 new Reading Clubs.

Parent Workshops We believe parents play a critical role in their child’s journey to learn to read. Throughout the year we run Parent Workshops where we educate parents on how children learn. We currently offer these workshops at schools and community centres and aim to make these available

in the workplace as well. We share tips and strategies that emphasise the importance of reading regularly to, and with, children, and how vital it is to be patient through the process. We also help parents get started at home, by providing them with a pack of books, a game and details of community libraries in their area.

Volunteer Training Every two weeks we hold new volunteer orientation sessions and six times a year we conduct in-depth trainings for our existing volunteers.

In 2012, we held 12 Parent Workshops, resulting in 819 parents and care-givers becoming reading mentors to their children.

Shine Book Buddies We empower and train older children to become Book Buddies to younger children within schools where volunteers are scarce. This programme is currently running very successfully at Zenzeleni Waldorf School and Sosebenza Primary in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

In 2012 and 2013, we ran 36 volunteer orientation sessions and seven in-depth training sessions, reaching 1316 people.



Our donors are at the heart of The Shine Centre. The impact we have achieved in so many young lives is made possible due to the generosity and commitment of our donors and partners. Their trusted and valued support during 2012 and 2013 has enabled us to achieve so much, and for this, we are truly thankful.

OUR DONORS Our heartbeat.


We are grateful for all donations received, but in particular would like to thank the following for their support during 2012 – October 2013: Douglas Murray Trust • Frank Robb Charitable Trust • Deutsche Bank Foundation • Roddick Family Foundation • Rolf-Nussbaum Foundation Vitol Charitable Foundation • Brait Foundation • Make an Immediate Difference (MAID) • McCain Family Foundation • Ackerman Family Foundation • Breadline Africa • Dame Hilary Cropper Charitable Foundation • Egg Trust • Santam • State Street Foundation • Linda Nagel Foundation • Nichols Family Foundation • Sisi and Saviti Charitable Trust • BOE Private Clients • Nedgroup Investments • Truworths (PTY) Ltd • Busii • Burnet Media • MLB Inc • Packaging Plastics • Corporate Business Automation (PTY)Ltd • Ciolli Bros. • Hearshaw & Kinnes CTP Printers • R&L Architects • Uti Worldwide Inc. • Oxford University Press • Cambridge University Press • Kay & Ross Price-Lyndsay • Mr & Mrs J van Niekerk • FH Baumann (Anonymous) • L Brouwer • Leora Sternberg • Michael Heuermann • Alison Lewis • Claudia SchererScheltema • Nicole Hunziker-Anderegg • Staff: Oxford University Press/Cambridge University Press • Shine Trust UK Donors • Rotary Clubs: Lion’s Head, Claremont and South Burlington • Relate Trust • MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet • Coronation Asset Managers • Stanlib • AT Planning • CCA Environmental • Cebano • I-Sheng Plastic • SRK Consulting • Smith Tabatha Buchanan Boyes (Claremont) • Synergy Nine • Allan White (30 Peaks Challenge) • 2013/14 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour Shine cyclists • Karen Triegaardt (Cape Epic 2013) • Zoe Millicent Gonsenhauser • Graham & Sally Bean • L Honeyman • Linda Louw • Michelle Coburn • Oranje Convenience • Sarah McCarthy • Soria Arendt • Mark Fischer (Trans-Baviaans) • Enrique & Patricia Torres • Catherine Torres • Blink • Chic Mamas Do Care • Good Hope Studies Shine USA donors • St Olas Trust • The Frederic Fish Trust


In kind/help Tori Bacon (UK) • Craig Cook (USA) • Karen Taylor (UK) • Revprint • Mullers Optometrists • Elizabeth Nadler-Nir • Shelley O’Carroll • Linda van Duuren • Therese Hulme • Jean Welsh • Judy Grant • Claire Lund • Carrie Turner • Kelly Harding • Cathy Barnett • Elaine Dendy Young • Trevor Lobel • Michael Baker • Dish Food and Catering • Truth Café • St Cyprian’s School • Western Province Preparatory School • Westerford High School • Herschel Girls School • Bishops Preparatory and College • Herzlia • Michael Oak Waldorf School • The Bookery • All Brand No Flakes • Eric Atmore • Penne Tompkins


OUR PARTNERS On 24 November 2012, the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town hosted the second annual OxfordCambridge Paddle to Read Dragon Boat race. The African version of the famous boat race saw staff from the two university publishing houses go paddle-to-paddle in dragon boats in support of The Shine Centre. This wonderful fundraising event generated R20 000 in 2011, and raised R86 000 in 2012 for our literacy programme.


The charitable trusts, foundations and companies that support our work, give more than just their financial support. Just as they have spent time learning about our work, so we have learnt from them, and together we have made significant advancements in childhood literacy. In 2012/2013, we also received incredible support from many individuals who made a financial donation and/ or gift-in-kind, after witnessing the impact of our work, or after learning about our programme through the media, friends or family.

Amongst the 35 000 cyclists taking part in the 2012/13 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, were our fabulous Shine cyclists who collectively raised R115 000 by turning their 109 km race around the Cape Peninsula, into a ride for reading!

To each of our donors and partners – thank you for joining our family of Shine supporters, and for helping us enable more children to truly shine!




2012 Treasurer’s report The life blood of The Shine Centre is the funding we receive from our generous, committed donors. We honour the trust placed in us by our donors, through our commitment to ensure the careful use of their gifts, to maximise the benefits for our children, and to prevent unnecessary spending on the administration of The Shine Centre Programme. The Board and Management of The Shine Centre are delighted to report that during 2012 we benefited from a significant increase in income, thanks to the generosity of many, while importantly managing to keep our overhead expenses under control. Care has been taken to manage our finances prudently whilst maintaining a healthy reserve, and to ensure that The Shine Centre’s work is not affected by


funding gaps at any stage. In addition, we have strategies in place to build and develop these reserves as part of our sustainability plans. We have also been able to use this increased income to invest in new and exciting projects alongside our existing programmes. The benefits of these additional projects will be felt in 2013/4 as Shine implements its long-term growth strategy. The Board of Trustees and Management Team acknowledged corporate governance as an area requiring more attention in 2012, and initiated plans to enhance our structures and controls that continue into 2013. Our systems were adequate, but it was felt that as the organisation grew and developed, so too should our governance. These efforts are paying off, and Shine has a clear set of policies and controls in place

to back up the increasing maturity of the organisation. We will continue to focus our efforts by building on the improvements made during 2012, and roll out our plans to diversify and grow our sources of income. In this way, and with the wonderful support of our donors, we hope to take another big step forward to achieve our vision: a nation of readers. Di Turpin Treasurer






142 166


Leasehold Improvements & Equipment


142 166

Donations income

R 3 054 939

Donations in kind


82 280


R 2 945 697

Interest income


97 324

Cash & Cash Equivalents

R 2 643 105



272 657


R 2 487 148

Prepaid Expenses


29 935

Programme Services

R 1 340 892


R 3 087 863



231 320



914 936



747 395


R 2 061 136

Accumulated Surplus

R 2 007 136

Insurance Reserve



R 1 026 726

Deferred Revenue2


956 601

Accounts Payable


70 125


R 3 087 863

R 3 234 543 1

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

51% increase in donations income Expenses increased by 9% Healthy reserves = reduced risk of programmes being halted due to funding gaps Increased diversification of funding sources Stronger Corporate Governance in place

54 000



Inventory comprises Shine Resource Cabinets and Shine Games held at the year end.


Deferred Revenue represents restricted donations received but not yet spent during the year under review.


Cash donations income is up from R 2 029 895 in 2011 to R 3 054 939 in 2012. This represents a 51% increase.


Overall direct and indirect expenses have grown from R 2 285 000 in 2011 to R 2 487 148 in 2012. This is an increase of 9%. Salaries & wages and Professional Fees have increased by 39% which is indicative of the increased activity of the organisation in terms of its funding objectives and efforts to ensure its compliance with responsibilities in terms of: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Internal Control Corporate Governance South African Revenue Services Funding Requirements Human Resources Reporting




If you can read and write in English and can commit to giving just an hour-and-a-half of your time every week (during the school term), you could be a Shine volunteer. For more information please contact

We are a registered 501(c)(3) charity and all donations are tax deductible. Employer ID number: 26-4295120 DLN: 17053237374039 Cheques can be mailed to: Craig Cook, 100 La Salle, San Clemente CA 92627 Email:


HOW YO CAN HEL If you would like to make a financial donation to The Shine Centre you can do so through one of the following legal entities: South Africa

The Shine Trust is a registered non-profit organisation and all donations are tax deductible (Section 18a certificates will be issued). The Shine Centre is level 4 B-BBEE certified. NPO Number: 06-06-96 PBO Tax Exemption Number: 93 00 25 382 Banking details: Shine Trust Standard Bank Thibault Square Account number: 072861339 Branch code: 020909


United Kingdom

The Shine Trust is a registered charity in the UK. Banking details: Shine Trust UK Ltd HSBC Putney Branch Branch sort code: 40-05-31 Account number: 31503642


THE SHINE TEAM Madalitso Chimphango Linda Codron Trudy Coetzee Julie Fischer Clive Goodchild-Brown Di Kerswill (Volunteer) Nosipho Mabaso Carrie Mashek Sarah Scarth Heidi Seller Beth Silbert Nomawethu Nika Bea Volbrecht Kerry White

Volunteer and Database Administrator Head: Communications and Centre Manager: St Agnes R.C. Primary Centre Manager: Prestwich Street Primary Manager: Finance Accounting Officer Centre Manager: Claremont Primary Centre Manager: Zonnebloem Manager: Projects Fundraising and Communications Advisor Centre Manager: Observatory Junior Centre Manager: Good Hope Seminary Junior Centre Manager: St Paul’s Primary Programme Manager Head: Major Donor Relationships


Claremont Primary School, Claremont, Cape Town Good Hope Seminary Junior School, Vredehoek, Cape Town Observatory Junior School, Observatory Cape Town Prestwich Street Primary School, Green Point, Cape Town St Agnes R.C. Primary School, Woodstock, Cape Town St Paul’s Primary School, Schotschekloof, Cape Town Zonnebloem Girl’s School, Walmer Estate, Cape Town Zonnebloem Boys’ School, Walmer Estate, Cape Town

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Cape Town: Lourier Primary School & Westlake Primary School: Lifematters Foundation Kewtown Primary School: Common Good Foundation Durban: Clarence Primary School – Joan Conyngham Waterloo Primary School - Megan Viljoen Shine Board of Trustees Maurita Glynn Weissenberg Founder and Executive Director Kay Price-Lyndsay Chairperson Kathryn Torres Director: Special Projects Di Turpin Treasurer Trevor Lobel Systems Amanda Simpson Legal Valerie Ketseteng Tapela Alexander Levetan Achievements and Awards 2008 Reconciliation Award Winner: Institute for Justice and Reconciliation 2010 Finalist: World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Awards 2012 Winner: Rising Star (Africa/Middle East) – STARS Impact Awards 2013 Kathryn Torres: Volunteer of the Year – Southern Africa Fundraising Awards 2013 Finalist: Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards


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Shine Annual Report 2012/13  

Shine Annual Report 2012/13

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