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Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is a registered Public Benefit Organisation and Trust. At its inception in 2004, the Foundation set its mandate to improve education and grow small Black businesses. The Foundation believes that progress in education and enterprise development are the most direct means to fostering an inclusive and empowered society, which is its purpose. In recognition of factors that impact on learning outcomes in the schools in which it works, the Foundation additionally undertook support for vulnerable women and children.

The Foundation's programmes to improve education and support small Black businesses are implemented thorough its partner entities:

  • Adopt-a-School Foundation
  • KST
  • Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust
  • Black Umbrellas

Adopt-a-School Foundation partners with Government, the private sector and individual benefactors to implement its Whole School Development model at some 243 schools (as at June 2022) to improve the governance, academic, infrastructural and social environment of schools.

The Thari programme, implemented by Adopt-a-School was established in 2017 as a pilot programme to create safe and empowering school environments that are free from violence, academically effective, inclusive, gender sensitive and that promote health and well-being for all. Since inception, 981 children have received psycho-social support and 786 of their family members have indirectly benefitted from this support.

KST, a collaboration between Kagiso Trust and Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, leverages the best practices of each organisation's Whole School Development programme on a district-wide basis in the Free State where, as at June 2022, it is active in some 374 schools.

Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) is a holistic bursary support and youth development programme that has supported over 370 youth since inception, with 106 students supported in 2022.

Black Umbrellas develops SMEs through nationwide incubators that, by June 2022, had achieved R3.31 billion in collective turnover by its incubation clients and had created and preserved 12 106 jobs.

The programmes of our partner entities are underpinned by partnership and collaboration, most notably with the business community, to deliver cost-effective and quality programmes that respond to the needs of beneficiaries and stakeholders and that impact South Africa's development challenges.

Since its inception in 2004, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation has, contributed R489 million and additionally leveraged R1.624 billion through its partner entities programmes that support the development of education, youth, SMEs and vulnerable children and women.