The values that are important to us are:
- Having respect for all people, of all cultures and nations, as all people are made in the image of God.
- Being unashamedly ethical and accountable to one another as trustees, our beneficiaries and our donors.
- Showing integrity at all times, in everything that we do.
- Being courageous to follow through on the vision that was put on our hearts as trustees.
1) SOLOMON MAHLANGU HIGH SCHOOL, KWANOBUHLE UITENHAGE
The trust partners with Solomon Mahlangu High School in KwaNobuhle, Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape to identify matriculants to potentially benefit from the trust for assistance with further academic studies or skills training.
KwaNobuhle is Uitenhage’s largest township with a population of about 200,000 people. Excellent schooling and character building takes place at Solomon Mahlangu High School, with values emphasized including that school rules are to be obeyed with every learner being expected to uphold the school’s good name in the community. The principal also teaches values such as respect, responsibility, acceptance, forgiveness, trust worthiness, courage and perseverance at assembly and when learners need to be disciplined. These values are also an integral part of the counselling done by the school social worker and are aligned to the values we uphold for the trust.
Noteworthy achievements include:
- The pass rate increased to 48% in 2013 from 29% in 2012.
- 2014 saw another phenomenal improvement of a 72% pass rate, making Solomon Mahlangu the top performing school in KwaNobuhle.
- In 2015 the pass rate was 76.4% which enabled them to hold their position as the leading school in the township at a time when marks were dropping throughout the Eastern Province.
- In 2016 the pass rate was 81.30%, enabling the school to sustain their leading position for three consecutive years.
- This school was awarded third place in disadvantaged schools in the Nelson Mandela Metro by Anglo Gold Ashanti for their sustained academic performance.
2) INNER CITY COMMUNITY OF CENTRAL, PORT ELIZABETH
The vision of the trust started with relationships being built with young adults living in the inner city community of Port Elizabeth. Many of these young adults are from other African countries who came to South Africa to try and improve their livelihood and thereby better support their families and communities. The vision of the trust initially arose from witnessing the struggles of these young adults in particular.
3) OTHER PROJECTS
Partnerships with other institutions within the Metropole are being investigated and will be included as the trust grows and expands.