Social responsibility

The Thandulwazi Trust

Across the spectrum, educational and political analysts have recognised that South African education is in crisis. Our schooling system is not producing enough well-skilled and competent learners to meet the demands of a growing economy, and the teaching profession is not attracting sufficient graduates to satisfy future educational needs. The task of reforming education in South Africa is too big for government alone, which is why private-public educational partnerships and collaboration are critical, particularly in key subjects like Mathematics and Physical Science.

Founded 11 years ago by the St Stithians Foundation, Thandulwazi is a significant contributor to the advancement of Maths and Science education through its interaction with students and teachers in a large number of Gauteng schools, and a presence in Limpopo province. This nation-building programme aims to empower young South Africans so that they can flourish and break the cycle of poverty in which many HDSA communities are trapped. By giving more young people access to quality education, they receive the knowledge and skills to become active members of the broader South African community and economy. Effective, well-trained and professional teachers also play a critical role if this goal is to be achieved.

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The Hout Bay Ingoma Choir

Hout Bay Ingoma Choir was formed in 2017 to give a platform for the immense singing talent in the community. The initial auditions were open to all people over fifteen years who live anywhere in Hout Bay, but all current members are resident in Imizamo Yethu.

The Choir mainly performs traditional, unaccompanied, African choral – featuring, at its core, beautiful vocal harmonies – and also some English / Western pop and gospel.

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Denis Goldberg House of Hope

Denis Goldberg House of Hope

Denis Goldberg was one of the Rivonia Trialists who in 1964 were sentenced, alongside Nelson Mandela, to life imprisonment. The House of Hope Arts and Culture Centre is an initiative of the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust. It was established to fulfil Denis’s dream of creating a space where children can come together to learn, create and play through programmes coordinated by local organisations that teach local languages, music, painting, dancing, IT & computer skills, and other arts and crafts .

Hout Bay, Denis’s home for about two decades, is an area that has been characterised as a microcosm of South Africa on account of both its natural beauty and the social inequalities within its residents. The vision for the House of Hope is to be a place in which children from the different communities can learn, create and grow together, contributing to Denis’s vision of a truly non-racist South Africa.  Construction of the Arts and Culture Centre on the Hout Bay museum site will provide space both to house Denis’s extensive art and book collection, and for the many organisations of Hout Bay to offer diverse programmes for local children.

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