Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation


About Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is an independent Public Benefit Organisation. It provides a coherent range of innovative interventions, From Classroom to Boardroom, that develops education and small and medium enterprises for an inclusive, empowered society.

The Foundation develops and pilots projects and programmes, building replicable models, that respond to global development objectives and South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP). The Foundation implements its mission through its implementing partner entities:

• Adopt-a-School Foundation
• Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust
• Mabindu Business Development Trust
• Black Umbrellas

Since 2004 the Foundation has had a substantial impact on the people and communities in which it works. By April 2018 it had contributed over R343 million and leveraged an additional R913 million through its partner entities to effect real change in education and enterprise development.

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation may help corporate South Africa achieve a full-spectrum of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) points in the various pillars on the scorecard, and be the means for comprehensive, effective and efficient B-BBEE compliance.


Adopt-a-School Foundation

Adopt-a-School Foundation implements a Whole School Development Model that aims at improving the governance, academic, infrastructural and social environment in schools. Adopt-a-School inspires the private sector to invest in education and works with the Department of Basic Education, service providers, and best practice NGOs to implement long-term solutions to a school’s development and educational outcomes. As at March 2018, Adopt-a-School was working with 209 schools.

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Adopt-a-School is also piloting the Foundation’s Thari programme at schools in Botshabelo and Diepsloot. Thari provides safe places for vulnerable children, youth and women after school, at weekends and during holidays. The programme provides homework and study support, life skills development, basic psycho-social support services, empowerment against abuse and exploitation, and dialogues that address issues of masculinity, violence, and gender sensitivity. Thari is a Tswana language term for the blanket that is used to cover and carry a child. It also refers to the lining that protects a baby while it is in its mother’s womb.


Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) is a collaboration between Kagiso Trust and Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, which was previously Shanduka Foundation. KST leverages the strategic, technical and best practices of each organisation’s Whole School Development programmes. The result is a dynamic integrated Whole School Development Model that addresses school infrastructure, curriculum support, social welfare and school leadership on a district-wide basis. In partnership with the Free State Department of Education, the programme is implemented at all schools in Fezile Dabi district and at select schools in the Botshabelo and Thaba N’chu municipalities in Motheo district. KST has contributed to the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts achieving exceptional matriculation pass rates. Fezile Dabi ranked as the top performing district among Quintile 1, 2 and 3 schools nationally in 2017.

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Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust

The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) was established in 2000 following Cyril Ramaphosa’s increased personal support, from speaking fees he earned, to students to attend university. From an initial commitment to five students studying business degrees, CRET, with the support of corporate sponsors and partners, awarded 65 bursaries in 2017. CRET recruits candidates that would ordinarily be overlooked by other bursary programmes. CRET candidates demonstrate potential given the necessary nurturing, financial support and psychological and social grounding. CRET considers the holistic needs of a student. Students are also encouraged to embrace the ethos of “giving back”, working at welfare organisations during holidays and undertaking community support projects. Senior CRET students and alumni take on the roles of mentors to new students, contribute financially to the programme, and have initiated their own corporate bursary programmes.

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Black Umbrellas

Black Umbrellas develops SMEs through nationwide incubators. It was established in 2009 as the result of a partnership with Mabindu Trust. Black Umbrellas partners with the private sector, Government and civil society to address the low levels of entrepreneurship and high failure rate of 100% Black-owned emerging businesses. The programme nurtures businesses in the critical first three years of their existence, providing a structured and subsidised programme of access to expertise, office infrastructure and resources. Black Umbrellas works to ensure that the correct resources, skills development, mentoring and access to markets are in place to support development at all levels. It is a vital initiative to transform the South African economy, linking big business to smaller suppliers and increasing the economic opportunities that arise out of enterprise development. In 2017, Black Umbrellas achieved R2 billion in collective turnover by its incubation clients.

Full recognition of spend points may be earned by supporting the development of small black businesses through Black Umbrellas.

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Contact Details

CRF House, 18 Acacia Road, Chislehurston, Sandton

Tel: +27 (0)11 592 6580