An effective and functional school with creative spaces for children to experience the joy of learning and fulfil their educational potential.



Partnering for impact in education through a District Whole School Development Model that transforms schools to reach levels of optimal functionality.


Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) is a collaboration between Kagiso Trust and the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (previously known as Shanduka Foundation). The collaboration emerged from the experience of both entities in the implementation of their respective whole school development programmes. The aim was to develop a project that leverages the methodologies and best practices of each organisation. The result was an integrated district whole school development model, addressing infrastructure development, curriculum support, social welfare and leadership in schools, which could be implemented at a district level.

In March 2013, KST and the Free State Department of Education entered into Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to improve education in the Free State province. The MoU, between KST and the FSDoE, served as a vital component in the transformation of basic education in South Africa. The nature of the KST partnership with the Free State Department of Education, has contributed significantly towards getting the programme off the ground. The combined financial leveraging has been accompanied by strategic and technical leveraging to ensure that the vision of KST is realised, that is, leveraging each partners’ strategic and technical expertise.

Through this integration, the KST District Whole School Development Programme is poised to influence a broader systemic change in the education sector. The Kagiso Shanduka Trust District Whole School Development Model is aimed at transforming public school education based on a district by district approach across South Africa. The implementation of the programme commenced in 2014, in two Free State districts: Motheo and Fezile Dabi.

The District Whole School Development Model seeks to see a large number of schools undergo systematic transformation through its four-prong approach as follows:

Transformation and Empowerment Workshops

Educator professional development and training

Infrastructure development

Leadership and Governance in the school

Four years into the programme and we are excited and energized to continue the work we do to uplift schools, educators, learners and communities. As KST, we recommit ourselves to serving our children and serving our country.



The Kagiso Shanduka Trust is run by passionate individuals, dedicated to making an impact in changing the landscape of education in South Africa. The dedicated project teams are complemented by the knowledge, guidance and strategic leadership of all three organisations; the Free State Department of Education, Kagiso Trust and Shanduka Foundation. This is a unique pilot project and various committees are in place to mitigate potential risks and ensure proper governance and accountability at all levels.


Bongiwe Njobe

Bongiwe Njobe is the Executive Director (founder and sole proprietor) of ZA NAC Consulting and Investments. She currently serves as a Director on the Vumelana Advisory Fund, Independent Board Member on the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a Trustee of the Kagiso Trust. She has previously served as a Board Member/Non-Executive Director or Trustee of various private sector, NGO and parastatal organisations, including South African Forestry Company Limited; Trees for Africa; The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa Limited; Commissioner for the Presidential National Commission on Information Society and Development; Member of the South African Reference Group on Women in Science; a Panel Member for the Inter-Academy Council Study Panel on Science and Technology; Chairperson of The South African National Biodiversity Institute; and Vice Chairperson of the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa.

Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa is the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa.  He is also the Chairperson of the National Planning Commission, which is responsible for the strategic planning of the country.  He was the founder of Shanduka Group and served as its Executive Chairperson from 2001 to 2013. He is the chairperson of Shanduka Foundation and founder and chairperson of Adopt-a-School Foundation. Ramaphosa built up the biggest and most powerful trade union in South Africa, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), and played a crucial role during the negotiations to bring about a peaceful end to apartheid and steer the country towards its first democratic elections in April 1994.  

Dean Zwo Nevhutalu

Dean Zwo Nevhutalu is a trustee of Kagiso Trust and has been involved with the Trust since 1986. He is a pastor by profession and has spent a number of years working as the Superintendent General of the Limpopo Provincial Department of Education. He has an in-depth knowledge of the political landscape of education in South Africa and has a passion for developing leadership in teachers in rural schools.

Reverend Frank Chikane

Reverend Frank Chikane became involved in the Black Consciousness Movement while studying science at the University of the North. His leadership of protests at the university resulted in his expulsion and he worked in the Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) as a layman before being ordained as a minister in 1980.

Within the Church he advocated social programmes such as a soup kitchen and adult education and this led to his suspension from the AFM. Chikane joined the Institute for Contextual Theology, a Christian think-tank within the South African Council of Churches, which promoted liberation theology, and, in 1987, succeeded Dr Eyers Naudé as General Secretary of the SACC. He was Director General of the Presidency under President Thabo Mbeki. He currently serves as Chairman of Kagiso Trust.

James Motlatsi

James Motlatsi is the Executive Chairman of Teba Limited. He has been associated with the South African mining industry since 1970. He was the first President of the National Union of Mineworkers and a founder member of the Congress of South African Trade Unions. He is involved with the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and is a member of South African Literacy Initiatives. He was awarded the Order of Ramatseatsana by King Letsie III of Lesotho in 2001, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Social Sciences, Honoris Causa by the National University of Lesotho.

Mankone Ntsaba

Mankone Ntsaba is a management consultant and runs her own company, Tsinde Development Consultants. She is a Trustee of KT and serves as a member of the Boards of Kagiso Trust and RISIMA Housing Finance Corporation. She spent a number of years as a researcher and consultant at the CSIR. She is also a management training facilitator at the National School of Government. She was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council at the then Department of Water Affairs and Forestry (DWAF). She has contributed to the establishment of a number of NGOs and CBOs whose purpose was to facilitate access to economic empowerment opportunities in rural areas. She is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoDSA).

Phuti Mahanyele

Phuti Mahanyele the Executive Chairperson of Sigma Capital is the former CEO of Shanduka Group, a multi-billion rand diversified African investment holding company that was established in 2001. Shanduka held a diversified portfolio of listed and unlisted investments, with holdings in various sectors including resources, telecoms, real estate, energy, industrials and food & beverage, across various jurisdictions including South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Mauritius and Ghana. She joined Shanduka in 2004 as the Managing Director of Shanduka Energy. Ms Mahanyele was previously Head of the Project Finance South Africa business unit at the Development Bank of Southern Africa. Prior to that she was Vice President at Fieldstone, an international firm specialising in the financing of infrastructure assets. She joined them in New York in 1997 and later transferred to the South African office.

In her tenure as CEO of Shanduka Group, she held directorships with a number of companies, including inter alia Lonmin Plc, Mondi, McDonalds SA, Coca Cola Shanduka Beverages, Macsteel and Helios Towers (Nigeria). She has been awarded the Forbes Woman Africa Business Woman of the Year Award and the Platinum Award by Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards in 2014. In 2013 she was awarded a "Distinguished Achievement" by The Douglass Society, and the Africa Investors recognised Ms Mahanyele as a "Leading Africa Woman in Business of the Year" in 2012, 2011 Rutgers University conferred on her the "Rutgers Vision of Excellence Award". In 2009 she was awarded the "Most Influential Woman in Government and Business by Financial Services". And Wall Street Journal counted her among one of the "Top 50 women in the world to watch in 2008". Ms Mahanyele was also selected as a Global Young Leader in 2007 by the World Economic Forum and awarded "Top in Project Finance, 2003" by the Association of Black Securities & Investment Professionals (ABSIP).

She is involved in a number of activities with youth in her personal capacity. She is currently mentoring young professionals and students. She is involved with the "Dignity Day" programme which is led by Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum and is focused on re-enforcing the values of dignity in young people. She is also a Patron of NEET (National Education Empowerment Trust). She is currently a non-executive director on the boards of Blue Label Telecoms Limited, Comair Limited and Reunert Limited.

She holds a BA Economics from Rutgers University, USA, and an MBA from De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. Ms Mahanyele completed the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program "Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century" at Harvard University in 2008.

Yvonne Themba

Yvonne Themba is currently the Executive Director of Themba Infrastructure Projects. She was previously responsible for Human Capital of at Shanduka Group. She is directly responsible for the human capital of the corporate office and has oversight responsibility for the human capital of those businesses that Shanduka Group owns and operates. Her experience has been gained mostly in the financial services sector. She headed the group Corporate Communications Department at African Life Assurance Limited and the Corporate Social Investment and Corporate Communications Department at Sanlam. Prior to that she was Deputy Director of the Life Officers’ Association. Themba holds a BA degree from the University of Botswana, having majored in economics and accounting, and has an MBA from Wits Business School.


Donné Nicol

Donné Nicol is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation. She is one of the founding members of Adopt-a-School Foundation and acted as the Executive Director for its first year of operation. Donné was Executive Assistant to Cyril Ramaphosa for eleven years. While assisting Ramaphosa in his capacity as ANC Secretary General, she acted as co-ordinator for the ANC National Executive Committee and National Working Committee. Special tasks included the planning and management of the ANC National Conference in 1994 and the administrative co-ordination of the ANC List process in 1994. Prior to joining the ANC Secretary General’s office, Donné served as Deputy Secretary of the ANC Border region, which was later amalgamated into the Eastern Cape. In this capacity she represented the ANC on the Regional Alliance Secretariat and numerous other committees. As Executive Director of the Shanduka Foundation, Donné is responsible for managing all aspects of the work of the Foundation. She is a Trustee of the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust, the Mondi Employee Share Ownership Trust, the Alexander Forbes Community Trust, Mabindu Business Development Trust and the Fundani Trust. She is a board member of the Adopt-a-School Foundation, Shanduka Black Umbrellas and the Mondi Employee Investment Company and a secretariat member of the Constitution Hill Trust. She is also a member of the Southern African Community Grantmakers Leadership Forum and a member of the Common Purpose Graduates International Network.

Yvonne Themba

Yvonne Themba is currently the Executive Director of Themba Infrastructure Projects. She was previously responsible for Human Capital of at Shanduka Group. She is directly responsible for the human capital of the corporate office and has oversight responsibility for the human capital of those businesses that Shanduka Group owns and operates. Her experience has been gained mostly in the financial services sector. She headed the group Corporate Communications Department at African Life Assurance Limited and the Corporate Social Investment and Corporate Communications Department at Sanlam. Prior to that she was Deputy Director of the Life Officers’ Association. Themba holds a BA degree from the University of Botswana, having majored in economics and accounting, and has an MBA from Wits Business School.

Mankodi Moitse

Mankodi Moitse joined Kagiso Trust as Chief Executive Officer in November 2015. An experienced Group CFO, Ms Moitse brings to Kagiso Trust and Kagiso Shanduka Trust more than 20 years’ experience with listed and private blue chip companies as well as public entities. Ms Moitse has seen numerous achievements in her career over the years, some some of which include three clean audits in succession for the City of Joburg (CoJ); successfully meeting all FIFA requirements pertaining to structures for the 2010 FIFA world cup; providing the first municipal ECA funding for buses for BRT; and establishing two DMTN to finance a R13 billion Capex. Notably, Ms Moitse has held executive positions at Standard Bank and the City of Joburg. Ms Moitse holds a B Com degree, a diploma in Higher Education, an honours in B Com and masters in Business Leadership

Mzomhle Nyenjana

Mzomhle Nyenjana is the Financial Manager at Kagiso Trust. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and completed his articles at PriceWaterHouseCooper.

Nonhlanhla Baloyi

Nonhlanhla Baloyi is the Operations Manager for Adopt-a-School Foundation. She joined the organisation in 2008 and has assisted in building the operational structure of the organisation. She is responsible for Human Resources, Finances and Administration.

Nontando Mthethwa

Nontando Mthethwa is the Communications and Marketing Manager for Kagiso Trust. Mthethwa joined Kagiso Trust in January 2008 and set up its Corporate Affairs Department now referred to as the Communications and Marketing Department. She serves as a board member on the Kagiso Shanduka Trust and is the Treasurer for the Progressive Professionals Forum, Johannesburg Region. She is passionate about youth development, having participated as a ReDineo Schools mentor and other youth engagement forums and initiatives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Honours in Journalism from the University of the Witwatersrand as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Gordon Institute of Business Science.

Steven Lebere

Steven Lebere is the Executive Director of Adopt-a-School Foundation. He previously worked for companies such as VWSA, the SA Post Office and the Gauteng Manufacturing Advisory Centre as process engineer and project manager. His qualifications include a B-Tech degree in Industrial Engineering and certificates in project management, people management and leadership development coaching. He has many years of experience in process engineering, project management, community development, corporate governance and the education environment.

Steyn Speed

Steyn Speed is the Senior Political Adviser for the Deputy President of South Africa. Prior to that he was the Group Executive: Communications and Stakeholder Relations at Shanduka Group, Chief Director: Private Office of the President, Chief Director: Communications, The Presidency, Communications Manager, African National Congress as well as Marketing Executive, Commonwealth Business Council. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Higher Diploma in Journalism from Rhodes University and Master of Business Administration from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Themba Mola

Themba Mola is the Chief Operations Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer of Kagiso Trust. He previously headed the Kagiso Trust Consultancy as Executive Director. He served as the team leader for the local economic cluster for the Alexandra Renewal Project and a project leader for the Evaluation of the Poverty Eradication Programme for the Department of Social Development in Gauteng. He was involved in the drafting of the Tshwane Metro Organisation and Support for Micro Businesses research project. He is currently responsible for all programmes at Kagiso Trust. Mola has developed a programme for the Umsobomvu Youth Fund on how young people can participate in local economic development projects. He has also served as an advisor for the Department of Social Development in the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) for the social cluster. Mola serves on numerous boards including Kagiso Shanduka Trust, Kagiso Trust Consultancy, Johannesburg Housing Company and Makhulong a Matala.