A warm welcome to Thebe Foundation Trust’s (TFT) website. The Foundation’s raison d’etre is dedicated to ‘building communities’ such that communities are empowered to take ownership of their own development. This we inherited from the founding fathers of our founding (or corporate) body, the Thebe Investment Corporation (TIC). We’re excited to share some of our stories of impact, of social investment, of enterprise and supplier development, supported by our many partners and stakeholders.
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LANGUAGE & Literacy Development - LEARNERS
The Thebe Foundation Trust (TFT) was established in 2011 by the Thebe Investment Corporation (TIC) founded in 1992, to maximize and continue driving community development leading to empowering communities and changing lives.
Thebe Investment Corporation’s founding fathers, Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Beyers Naude and Dr Enos Mabuza instilled these principles of ‘communities as the bottom line’ to guide TIC’s corporate work bringing in a new approach to embracing communities as integral partners and stakeholders when doing business.
OUR KEY FOCUS AREAS
Generally, it is said that the biggest challenges facing education in South Africa are children leaving school without the ability to read, write and do arithmetic. South African teachers do not have the basic pedagogic and content knowledge competencies required to impart the skills needed by our learners. The Thebe Foundation education programme targets areas that are not geographically common or well known to many. We also deal with the hard issues at the heart of foundational education and potentially high in impact.
The Dr EJ Mabuza Scholarship Fund was established in 2016 in honour of Dr Enos Mabuza, and the critical role he played in the inception of the Founders Legacy Programme together with Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Beyers Naude
The Thebe Foundation as well as the UJ Centre for Entrepreneurship supports an integrated business development model, whereby training is integrated with other initiatives to ensure the provision of balanced support across the entire entrepreneurial system, thereby ensuring optimum success on the part of the participants.
OTHER IMPACT INITIATIVES
Although not strategic to the Thebe Foundation itself, we are supporting a number of indirect beneficiaries through the passion, dedication and enthusiasm of our employees. At Thebe we take pride in living our values, and the stories that follow are examples of exactly this – charities and organisations that are receiving personal contributions and a helping hand from some of our caring staff members.