Led by MEC Tate Makgoe, the Free State Department of Education aims to ensure progressive realisation of universal schooling, improving quality of education and eliminating disparities amongst Free State citizens It works to provide an education system that is free, compulsory, universal and equal for all children in the province. The Free State achieved an 82.8% pass rate in the 2014 matric examinations.
As one of South Africa’s leading development agencies, Kagiso Trust works to overcome poverty by creating and implementing sustainable development programmes in the areas of education, institutional capacity building, socio-economic development, fundraising sustainability and through special projects. Over the past 30 years and Kagiso Trust has invested over R2 billion in development and implemented over 1,831 programmes.
The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that improves lives and creates opportunities through education and enterprise development.
Formerly known as Shanduka Foundation, it was established in 2004 by Shanduka Group and its founder Cyril Ramaphosa.
In 2015 the foundation changed its name to Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation and became an independent organisation that continued to fulfil its mandate outside of the merged company.
The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation remains a partner of choice for social change through Adopt-a-School, Kagiso Shanduka Trust, Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust and Shanduka Black Umbrellas.
Adopt-a-School and Kagiso Shanduka Trust, through their Whole School Development model, fill an important gap in the provision of quality schooling. Adopt-a-School mobilises government, companies and individuals to support the creation and enhancement of a conducive learning and teaching environment in disadvantaged schools.
The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust provides bursaries and support towards tertiary studies for disadvantaged students, while providing young adults with opportunities to gain essential work experience.
Shanduka Black Umbrellas works with partners in the private sector, government and civil society to develop 100% black owned businesses to a level where they can gain meaningful access to markets, finance and networks. It also offers holistic procurement and supplier development solutions to corporates.
Over the 12 years of its existence, first as Shanduka Foundation and now as the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, it has had a meaningful impact on economic and social development in South Africa. Together with its partners, it will continue to make a difference in the lives and circumstances of so many more.
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr is one of the largest business law firms in South Africa, specialising in service covering the complete spectrum of business legal needs. They have partnered with KST to provide legal advice and services in the establishment of the Trust and the legal administration thereof.
DRA is an international, multi-disciplinary organisation specialising in the project management of mining, infrastructure and mineral process plant design and construction. They provide essential pro-bono engineering services to the Trust for its infrastructure development projects.
Cashbuild provides building materials at a discounted rate.
Corobrik provides building material at a discounted rate.
The Junior Community Chest Programme teaches learners in KST schools practical leadership skills and also allows them to acquire administration skills. Learners are requested to identify community projects in their school or neighbourhood and implement a solution. The Junior Community Chest at Lembede Primary School implemented a project called "Feed the Nation" and raised funds, which were matched by Lusa Community Chest, to buy bowls for the school’s feeding scheme.
The LEAP project, an intervention supported by the British Council in KST schools, teaches Foundation Phase learners English first additional language using lessons from the Department of Basic Education workbook. The British Council is currently supporting the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts with multigrading schools. The support covers 14 schools in Motheo and 12 schools in Fezile Dabi.