With education being our focus, the idea of not just changing a few lives, but those of a whole school, has always been a dream, but with the costs that this would involve, it was relegated to “future plans”. Then, late last year, we received the most amazing news – our counterparts in the UK committed to sending half of all the money they raised through their Foundation, to the SA Foundation! The dream of a school suddenly became a reality, and we were straight on the phone to the Cyril Ramaphosa Adopt-a-School Foundation!


After reviewing a number of schools, we decided on Qhobosheane Primary School in Soweto for our whole school project, the decision being based on the proximity to Head Office of the school, size and needs of the school. We first visited the school in March and could see first-hand all the work that needs to be done – building a kitchen, replacing broken windows, replacing flooring in the classrooms, putting in sports fields and library etc.. On the 19th May we were lucky to be joined by a team from the UK to visit Qhobosheane, replace the broken windows and spend some time with the children.

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In 2001, Cyril Ramaphosa was approached by his former primary school, Tshilidzi Primary in Soweto, to assist with the donation of a fax machine. When he returned to his school to hand over the donation and saw the further needs of the school, the notion of the Adopt-a-School Foundation was born. In 2002, the Foundation was officially established by a group of concerned individuals including Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr James Motlatsi.
The Foundation strives to address the inequalities and inadequacies in our rural and disadvantaged schools, in order to ensure positive learning experiences which will lead to greater opportunities for South Africa’s youth.


South Africa remains a society marked by stark inequalities – none more obvious than in the education sector. The challenges facing many schools in SA include: inadequate infrastructure, lack of resources in various areas, lack of sanitation and security, lack of discipline and management and critical social welfare issues.

Out of a group of 100 Grade 1 pupils, only 40 will reach Grade 12. Of those, 28 will pass matric and four will enter university. Of the four, only one will graduate

“A nation’s history may be written in books, but a nation’s future is written on the chalkboards of its schools” – Cyril Ramaphosa