Shanduka Foundation is the vehicle for Shanduka Group’s philanthropic and social investment initiatives. It was launched in 2004. In that year, Cyril Ramaphosa expressed Shanduka Group’s commitment to spend R100 million on social investments over 10 years. Through Shanduka Foundation, others can participate in the foundation’s good work, stretching every rand invested to benefit disadvantaged people in South Africa.
The foundation is aimed at contributing to the social wellbeing of South Africans, particularly by investing in education and small business development. It has the following objectives: • To advance Shanduka’s ongoing corporate social investment initiatives. • To support projects aimed at improving schools that are in need. • To sponsor and mentor historically disadvantaged students through tertiary institutions. • To support SMMEs through initiatives aimed at developing business skills and ensuring sustainability. • To support targeted community-based initiatives. • To draw other stakeholders to partner the Shanduka Foundation in its initiatives. Shanduka Foundation applies sound governance principles in all its structures.
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When Shanduka Group was founded, 5% of the shareholding was set aside for two trusts – Fundani Education Trust and Mabindu Development Trust. These were founded in 2000. Shanduka Foundation assumes the administrative responsibility and carries most of the overhead costs to improve on the efficiency and effectiveness of delivery. This is an advantage because, ideally, donors would like to see all of their social investment reaching the intended beneficiaries without large administrative costs.
Shanduka Foundation structure:
In the beginning Even before Cyril Ramaphosa went into business, he was fully cognisant of the challenges facing underprivileged students, young entrepreneurs and the extent of poverty in South Africa. He was determined to make a contribution to securing a better life for the previously disadvantaged in terms of diversity and self-actualisation.
Learning The education arm of Shanduka Foundation has its roots in the early 90s, when Mr Ramaphosa received several requests for assistance from underprivileged students. He initially dealt with these on an ad hoc basis, but realised the need for a more formalised structure which led to the creation of the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust.
A request from his old school for a fax machine prompted the formation of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, which initially concentrated on infrastructure improvement, and has over the years shifted its focus to whole school development.
Earning To contribute towards SMME development, a sector critical to economic growth and job creation in the country, Shanduka Foundation set up Mabindu Development Trust to focus on enterprise development. Through Shanduka Black Umbrellas, supported by Mabindu Development Trust, the number of businesses supported is set to increase to between 100 and 200 over a three year cycle. The foundation has over the years also supported a number of community projects to alleviate poverty and to transform the initiatives into profitable businesses.
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Each of the Shanduka Foundationâ€™s focus areas has been carefully selected to serve specific stakeholders.
For the up and coming generation Through the Adopt-a-School Foundation, the younger generation receives educational infrastructure to ensure equal access to quality education. The Foundation improves schools by building classrooms, administration blocks, ablution-blocks, libraries, computer labs etc. The foundation has shifted its strategic focus to whole school development. It is achieving this by forming partnerships with nongovernmental organisations, government and the private sector. The Adopt a School Foundation - now improves the academic, infrastructural, social, security and environment in schools by ensuring that schools have the necessary management and community leadership to support the conducive environment for learning and teaching.
For those on the brink of economically active life The Cyril Ramaphosa Educational Trust provides bursaries for disciplines sorely needed to support the growth of South Africa. The aim of the Trust is to produce globally competitive graduates who are ready for work through mentorship and experiential training.
For enthusiastic and determined entrepreneurs The Mabindu Business Development Trust concentrates on small business development. Its flagship initiative is Shanduka Black Umbrellas, which provides a three-year incubation programme. During this time, the chosen entrepreneurs are provided with infrastructure, expertise and mentorship for fees of R500 or R1000. This Trust has also assisted women led poverty alleviation projects to become sustainable small businesses. Small grants of up to R15 000 are made available to entrepreneurs who need to kick start their businesses.
This brief overview of what has been achieved so far in the various trusts offers a perspective on how Shanduka Foundation grew from small beginnings into a significant social investment vehicle that touches the lives of many South Africans. Shanduka Foundation is proud of its achievements and is confident that further growth is unstoppable.
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Adopt-a-school Foundation The previously disadvantaged schools have diverse needs. Some have inadequate facilities. Others have insufficient classrooms. Many lack libraries, computer resource centres, sport and recreational facilities. These challenges are exacerbated by the social ills of our society such as the impact of HIV/Aids resulting in a great number of learners being orphaned, meaning they do not have a good support system to ensure they focus on their school work.
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The Adopt-a-School Foundation acts as a mechanism through which individuals and corporates can respond to the needs of under-resourced schools. The overall objective is to improve conditions in schools in order to facilitate quality learning and teaching. The foundationâ€™s partnership approach creates direct benefits for the local communities by creating employment, involving parents, transferring skills and developing learners into productive citizens. To date, over 30 corporates and individuals have adopted 58 schools in seven provinces on a
five-year development programme. A further 18 schools have been helped with infrastructure development, but need to be adopted so that they can make further improvements. On the waiting list we have over 150 schools with a myriad of needs. The shift to whole school development is seeing increasing support for all aspects of our schoolsâ€™ needs in partnership with relevant stakeholders. The Foundation is now able to provide care for learners, assist in setting up extramural activities, training teachers on how to manage schools, run libraries and computer centres and provide training on the curriculum.
Staff involvement Each employee of Shanduka Group contributes monthly to help carry out projects at selected schools. The contribution is matched rand-for-rand by Shanduka Group.
Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) was established in 1996 with the aim of providing five scholarships each year to deserving students. The bursaries enable the students to continue their studies in business-related courses at accredited South African tertiary institutions.
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These students are given vacation work twice a year, where they have the opportunity to shadow Shanduka executives and professionals to acquire much-needed practical experience. The trust also administers students on behalf of Netgroup and FeverTreeConsulting. The criteria for selection of students are a proven financial need, a record of hard work, diligence, and perseverance; as well as the maturity to cope at tertiary level. One of the products of this programme is Themba Mthembu. Themba was born into a rural community near Richards Bay in KwaZulu Natal. With a bricklayer father, life was not easy for Themba. He realised from an early age that the only way to make his life different, was to study hard and achieve good results. This determination propelled him to achieve great things. Today he has completed his articles with KPMG and is working as an executive assistant to the divisional director of Shared Services in retail at Nedbank.
The CRET programme according to me epitomises undeserved kindness, for which l will be eternally grateful. When I think of the impact, that not only the CRET programme but the Shanduka Group as a whole has had on my life, I can only be but one thing, and that is being GRATEFUL.
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Volente Africa To me it means that l have been offered a lifetime opportunity to fulfil my dreams and be a better person. CRET means recognition of talent, nurturing and development of both social and professional skills.
Words simply cannot explain the amount of gratitude l feel for having been chosen to be a part of this wonderful opportunity. The CRET Programme doesnâ€™t only pay for your studies, but it gives you a family whereby you do not just feel like a number. The work experience, network opportunities and friendships made will always be invaluable. I wish the foundation great growth, so that it will continue to educate young, ambitious South Africans.
Mabindu Business Development Trust The Shanduka Foundation believes that the development of business skills is one of the most important aspects of ensuring the economic empowerment of historically disadvantaged people in South Africa. It started its work in 2004 and has helped a number of entrepreneurs and community based projects. Projects that have been funded to build capacity and those assisted when awarded contracts include: • Filbert and Shela Enterprise; • Tshepang Educare Trust; • The Commercial Agricultural Youth Chamber; • Mazi Tom; • Tandla Te Sive Women’s Empowerment Project; • DVA Projects and • Dzietele Coorperative
Shanduka Black Umbrellas offering For a monthly fee of R500 or R1 000, the chosen SMMEs gain access to: • office space, • computers with internet access, • business software, • a database of business tools, • telephones, • drivers and vehicles, • a project manager, • other companies to network and do business with, • marketing, • a business directory, and • a business consultant and mentor.
Shanduka Black Umbrellas During 2008, Shanduka Foundation entered into an agreement with Black Umbrellas, an NGO aimed at providing infrastructure support and mentorship to emerging black businesses, ensuring they are able to move from a dream to the reality of becoming sustainable enterprises. The initiative was then re-named Shanduka Black Umbrellas with the launching of the Johannesburg office. Black Umbrellas was set up in response to a global Entrepreneurship Monitor Report released in 2005, which stated that South Africa has one of the lowest levels of entrepreneurial activity in the world as well as a 90% failure rate for small enterprises.
Having recognised a gap in service delivery, Black Umbrellas designed a new small, medium and micro-enterprise (SMME) model that reduces the common stumbling blocks faced by SMMEs during the crucial early stages that determine their success or failure.
Building the future In the few years that the Shanduka Foundation has been in existence, it has set a phenomenal pace. It will take great ingenuity and ample resources to maintain it. The foundation is undeterred by this and is determined to keep its reputation of delivering on its goals. A bright future beckons the foundation, companies and individuals who wish to be part of its corporate social investment programmes.
Shanduka Black Umbrellas has already helped 58 new SMMEs in Cape Town and 20 in Johannesburg. Shanduka Black Umbrellas was launched in Johannesburg on 6 October 2009. The response to the programme was overwhelming with over 100 applications received. The entrepreneurs selected to benefit from the initiative are individuals with a high skills level, such as apprenticeship, but very little business experience. They must already have started operating a business. The aim is to incubate these emerging businesses for three years thereafter they should be sustainable and profitable and ready to move on making space for new ones.
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DonnĂŠ Nicol: Executive Director, Shanduka Foundation.
Refiloe Nyoni: Project Manager, Shanduka Foundation.
Thabo Zwane: Project Manager, Shanduka Black Umbrellas, Cape Town.
Richard Ryan: Project Manager, Shanduka Black Umbrellas, Johannesburg.
Susi Baird: Personal Assistant.
Stephen Lebere: Executive Director, Adopt a School Foundation.
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