CASME’s vision is to the change the lives of learners through quality and innovative mathematics and science education development.  They work primarily with teachers to build their capacity, skills and competence in subject content knowledge, pedagogical skills and the use of research-based strategies. Part of their work includes the integration of technology in teaching.

Columba Leadership’s purpose is to transform the culture of schools to change the trajectory of youth. Their programme focuses on leadership development and youth engagement for youth employability and school strengthening.

The programme is based on a model that was first implemented in Scotland by Columba 1400.  A team of experienced youth practitioners was sent to Scotland to learn about, and adapt the programme for local conditions and relevance.  


The Eskom Contractor Academy addresses the national imperative to increase the number of functional small and medium enterprises, while also improving the quality of businesses that Eskom can procure from. This initiative aims to build the capacity of historically disadvantaged entrepreneurs, particularly youth and black women, to compete in the formal economy.

I Love Coffee is a social enterprise staffed by the Deaf and their mentors. They provide barista and chef training as well as soft life and customer skills. Although they retain the majority of their trainees, they also assist those who wish to enter other organizations or want to study further.

Nali iBali logoNal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign. It makes use of reading and storytelling in home languages as well as English to support children’s literacy learning and school success. It is one of the biggest literacy-based nongovernmental organisations in South Africa. It was initiated in 2012 by the DG Murray Trust and the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA).


shinelogoShine Literacy seeks to create more reading opportunities for children in schools and in the greater community, working with schools directly to develop approaches that are relevant, effective and sustainable. Their main focus as an organisation is foundational phase literacy

The Simama Ranta competition is aimed at identifying and rewarding South African secondary schools that are exemplars and leading the way in entrepreneurship education. The Eskom Foundation believes that one of the best ways to curb underdevelopment in our communities is to teach the youth, at school level, to consider entrepreneurship as a viable career choice. 

Wordworks is a South African non-profit organisation that focuses on early language and literacy development in the first eight years of children’s lives.  Since 2005 workworks have:

  • Developed innovative, high quality, multilingual user-friendly teaching and learning materials to support early language and literacy learning
  • Offered resourced-based training and mentorship for five early language and literacy intervention programmes.
  • Worked in under-resourced communities with those adults best positioned to impact on young children’s language and literacy development – parents and caregivers, family and community members, home-visitors, ECD practitioners and Grade R to Grade 3 teachers.
  • Collaborated with those who care for, work with and advocate for young children so that they recognise the importance of early language and literacy and support its development in homes, schools and community settings.


Inspired by the African term for the universal concept of ubuntu – a shared humanity – since 2004, the Clover Mama Afrika initiative has fostered a spirit of caring, protection of vulnerable groups and the development and transfer of income-generating skills in low-income communities across South Africa.

Using Telkom’s resources and ICT capabilities, the Telkom Foundation drives structured sustainable development programmes in the areas of education, health and social welfare. It has a long-term commitment to improving the quality of STEM education, with a special focus on foundation levels. Some of their areas of development are:

  • A focus on ICT in schools

  • An integrated ICT programme: addressing cyber safety

  • The Cyber Safety Ambassadors initiative

  • A refined ICT Schools Model  

  • A resource for keeping families safe online

Old Mutual will include a new and integrated pan-African vision for the group’s social responsibility activities and policies across the continent in 2018. This new strategy will focus on:

  • Being a responsible continental corporate citizen;
  • Consolidating strategic CSI interventions across Africa and
  • Building capacity and earning buy-in.

Liberty’s key focus area remains education. The company supports initiatives that follow a lifelong trajectory, targeting each life stage of a learner with the aim of improving their performance in mathematics, physical science and literacy. A strong emphasis is placed on mathematics as, through this subject, learners gain the problem-solving skills that are both necessary and marketable in today’s technically oriented market place.

  • One such initiative supported by Liberty is the Kutlwanong Centre for Maths, Science and Technology.
  • Liberty supports two Kutlwanong centres: Ponego Centre in Katlehong, Gauteng; and Sibusisiwe Centre in umbumbulu, KwaZulu-Natal. Both centres cater for 600 grade 10 to 12 learners.

Santam’s CSI strategy, refined during 2015 and rolled out comprehensively during 2016, focuses on supporting community- led disaster prevention and management. By reducing chronic disaster vulnerability and minimising the catastrophic impacts of disasters, Santam aims to create empowered, self-reliant communities and a stable and resilient society.

A key focus of Santam’s CSI strategy is on training and awareness programmes. Some of their areas of focus are:

  • Equipping communities with the South African Red Cross Society
  • Helping children to become WaterWise with the NSRI
  • Using a community-led approach
  • Learning through lessons and challenges
  • Leveraging business expertise and aligning to core business goals: a virtuous circle
  • Expand CSI interventions into vulnerable communities in 10 district municipalities by the year 2020

vwsmallThe Volkswagen Community Trust’s Literacy Programme was launched in 2015. To establish what would be required by such a programme, Volkswagen consulted with key non-profit organisations (NPO) in the sector, universities and academics, the Department of Basic Education, parents, teachers, school governing bodies and the community at large.

Using the results and recommendations indicated in the study, Volkswagen has designed and implemented a comprehensive literacy intervention in five Uitenhage primary schools. The goal of the project is to ensure that learners are functionally literate by the time they reach age 10, or grade 3. 

The Eskom Development Foundation is mandated with implementing the organisation’s corporate social investment strategy in sectors including enterprise development, education, healthcare and social and community development.

Some of their projects include:

  • The Contractor Academy
  • The Simama Ranta School Entrepreneurship Education Competition
  • Business Investment Competition
  • Small Business Expo

MMI aims to enhance the lifetime financial wellness of South Africans and believes that the starting point for this is financial literacy. To this end, the group focuses part of its corporate social investment on promoting knowledge and skills that enable individuals to make informed financial decisions, thereby empowering them to effectively plan their futures.

Two key projects which exemplify MMI’s financial wellness goals are:

  • The Making Money Matter board game, designed and implemented by Momentum
  • Metropolitan’s Early Childhood Development Financial Literacy Project

From its extensive experience, the Foundation has gained a more nuanced understanding of how ICT interventions can be implemented to achieve maximum benefit for learners at school and to pave the way for them to become productive, employed, members of society. This is being achieved through:

  • Building on the Connected Schools Programme;
  • Using a multifaceted approach;
  • Designing and piloting a new programme and
  • Planning for the future.

The Western Cape identified the unacceptably low literacy levels in their schools as a cause for major concern, since the literacy levels in South African schools are among the lowest globally. This resulted in the birth of Growsmart, an annual inter-school literacy competition aimed at changing awareness and learning behaviour in the school community and tangibly benefiting previously disadvantaged schools and learners, sponsored by Growthpoint.

  • In order to effectively run the competition, Growthpoint engages various stakeholders.
  • The winning school receives an iSchool Africa iPad Learning Lab to the value of R 250 000.
  • In February 2014, a new element was added to Growsmart which takes the literacy initiative one step further – that of a story writing competition.
  • Ongoing monitoring and evaluation take place both during the competition and in the form of long-term intervention at the winning school.
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