TIMELINE

" Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation started as a journey of small beginnings and big dreams. The story of a child learning to read in a classroom made of bricks and mortar, in a township where the school was once a shack, of university graduates fulfilling the promise of their bursaries by taking up those coveted corporate positions and the young entrepreneur setting up shop with the support and advice of an organisation that cared enough to make a difference. "

Donné Nicol, CEO, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation

Over the past 13 years Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation has had a remarkable impact on the people and communities in which it works. Through dedication, collaboration and a commitment to creating positive change, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation continues to build on its previous achievements to create the South Africa of our dreams.

OUR HISTORY TIMELINE

1996

Cyril Ramaphosa starts supporting disadvantaged students with bursaries to attend university.

1999

Cyril Ramaphosa is contacted by his former primary school, Tshilidzi, to provide a donation of a fax machine.

2000

Tshilidzi Primary School is given support by Johnnic and Goldfields.

2001

Shanduka Group is formed and a 5% shareholding in the group is set aside for two trusts: Fundani, an educational trust, and Mabindu, a small business development trust.

2002

Adopt-a-School Foundation (AAS) is officially established by a group of concerned individuals including Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr James Motlatsi.

2004

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is formally launched. Adopt-a-School Foundation and the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust are an integral part of Shanduka’s CSI programme.

2004

The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) starts to offer holiday work to students.

2004

8 schools are under Adopt-a-School Foundation's adoption programme.

2005

Shanduka supports 56 women at Tshiawelo station in their catering and beadwork business (Dzietele).

2005

Shanduka Group adopts Olifantsvlei Primary School and Shanduka staff go back to Olifantsvlei to renovate the school hall. This is the first ‘Olifantsvlei Day’ – an annual Shanduka staff volunteer initiative.

2005

CRET sponsors 7 students for business degrees.

2005

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation partners with Kaelo in Mount Ayli at Dutyini Primary School.

2006

MTN installs multi-media computer centres in 10 adopted schools.

2006

Inaugural Annual Report for Adopt-a-School Foundation.

2006

26 schools under adoption.

2006

Shanduka partners with Constitutional Hill Trust and Buffelshoek Trust to host a successful fundraising event.

2006

Adopt-a-School Foundation hosts its first golf day fundraiser.

2006

Shanduka professionals are trained on mentoring through Umsobomvu Fund and mentoring of small businesses begins.

2006

AAS is nominated as a beneciary of the Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation.

2006

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation gives its first business loan to SMME Filbert and Shela Business Enterprises.

2006

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation buys a sewing machine for Mazwe Tom to start a clothing design business.

2007

The first Back to School Party fundraiser is held.

2007

Adopt-a-School adopts its 44th school.

2007

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation starts supporting the Reading Dynamix Literacy Project.

2007

CRET manages the bursaries for two students sponsored by Netgroup.

2007

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation starts an in-house incubation of Filbert and Shela Business Enterprises and provides further business loans. Their story is featured on Kaelo Stories of Hope.

2007

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation gives grants to Tandla te Sive Women’s project in Katlehong and Tshephang Educare Trust.

2007

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation continues to support Dzietele Women's Group in Soweto.

2007

Shanduka offers internships to two communication graduates from Tshwane University and a student from Princeton University.

2008

Adopt-a-School hosts its first Learner Awards ceremony.

2008

Adopt-a-School adopts its 58th school.

2008

Adopt-a-School hosts its 3rd Golf Day fundraiser in Sun City.

2008

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation contracts an expert to work with Dzietele Women's Group and Tandla te Sive Women's Project to ensure that they become sustainable businesses and develop a manual that can be used by community projects.

2008

Adopt-a-School builds a brand new school, Banksdrift High School in Northern Cape in partnership with Investec and the Northern Cape Department of Education.

2009

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation partners with Black Umbrellas to form Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU) and commits R5.2m.

2009

Adopt-a-School starts to implement skills and social development programmes creating a new implementation model called Whole School Development.

2009

Adopt-a-School now has 85 schools under its adoption programme.

2009

Lafarge Education Trust adopts 11 schools in Bodibe, North West.

2009

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation partners with Lilitha Trust and Alexandra Education Committee to support 6 Grade 8 school girls through high school.

2009

SBU has 27 donors.

2009

Adopt-a-School Foundation and Lafarge Education Trust partner with Dreamfields to bring Soccer Dream Leagues to Bodibe schools.

2010

Adopt-a-School launches an annual Essay and Art competition for its adopted schools.

2010

Experiential Workplace Programme (EWP) is formalised.

2010

SBU has 62 donors.

2010

Shanduka Blackpages, an annual printed directory of black owned businesses, is launched in partnership with Finweek.

2010

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is the runner up in the corporate section of the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Award.

2010

Shanduka Black Umbrellas embarks on a training programme for mentors and hosts John Cull, an international management and training consultant for the programme.

2010

SBU opens third incubator in Pretoria.

2010

26 interns have gained valuable experience through the Experiential Workplace Programme.

2011

Lafarge Education Trust adopts 26 schools in the Mzimela District, KZN.

2011

Adopt-a-School Foundation adopts its 100th school.

2011

1000 guests attend the 5th Back to School Party.

2011

SBU has 129 donors.

2011

Second issue of Shanduka Blackpages is published.

2011

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is the runner up in the Best Social Responsibility category of the Africa Business Awards.

2011

SBU has 50 clients in incubation.

2011

Adopt-a-School Foundation runs its first social welfare campaign with Home Affairs to bring important social services to disadvantaged learners and their families.

2011

Adopt-a-School Foundation opens a brand new school in Barberton, Mpumalanga.

2011

SBU Johannesburg incubator expands and relocates from Marshall Street to African Heritage Society House in Rivonia.

2011

SBU opens its 4th incubator in the Smart Exchange Building, Walnut Road, Durban.

2012

Adopt-a-School, with Dr James Motlatsi, adopts three primary schools in Lesotho.

2012

Adopt-a-School Foundation adopts its first school in Mozambique in partnership with Aggreko and Shanduka Group.

2012

Adopt-a-School pilots the Back to School for a Day initiative which encourages corporate South Africans to go back to school and spend a day with young learners.

2012

SBU signs agreement with the Jobs Fund for the funding of the Durban incubator for three years.

2012

Adopt-a-School adopts its 139th school.

2012

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation wins 2nd place in the CSI category of the Business Times Top 100 Companies survey.

2012

Mavis Mahlangu, a first year CRET student, signs a Training Contract with Deloitte for 2016.

2012

Shanduka Black Umbrellas wins the Companies doing most for Black Economic Empowerment category in the PMR awards.

2012

SBU partners with SmartProcurement World to feature in their exhibition and conference as a way of making SBU SMMEs more accessible to procurement managers.

2012

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation gives seven small grants to SMMEs in the Shanduka Black Umbrellas stable.

2012

SBU has 266 donors.

2012

The Industrial Development Corporation adopts 20 schools through Adopt-a-School.

2013

First international fundraiser held in London raises over R5.2 million for AAS.

2013

Shanduka Black Umbrellas reaches 100 clients in incubation.

2013

Shanduka Black Umbrellas launches the Shanduka Blackpages online enterprise and supplier development portal with 1900 members.

2013

Shanduka Black Umbrella holds its first regional and national Enterprise Development Awards.

2013

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation partners with Kagiso Trust to form the Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) which partners with Free State Department of Education to work in 428 schools in the Free State province.

2013

Kagiso Shanduka Trust launches its Empowerment and Transformation retreats in 37 schools.

2013

CRET establishes a partnership with PwC for a Holiday work programme.

2013

Experiential Workplace Programme reaches highest intake level at 18.

2013

Scaw partners with CRET to sponsor 5 university students.

2013

6 CRET students graduate (largest number of graduates in a year).

2013

Second year CRET student, Mavis Mahlangu, is inducted on the Deloitte Honours Board for outstanding academic achievement.

2013

Grindrod supports the CRET programme.

2013

SBU wins Impumelelo Award as Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

2013

SBU signs an enterprise and supplier development agreement with Sanlam for the development of 25 businesses in the Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg incubators.

2013

SBU signs agreement with Lonmin to fund an SBU incubator in Mooinooi for three years.

2013

SBU signs funding agreement with Anglo American Sebenza Fund to fund the SBU Lephalale incubator for three years.

2013

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation partners with Microsoft on Internship Programme.

2013

SBU has 300 donors.

2013

Adopt-a-School adopts its 171st school.

2013

Cape Town incubator expands and relocates to new premises in Upper Eastside, Woodstock.

2013

SBU signs agreement with Transnet to fund the establishment and operation of SBU incubators in Port Elizabeth and Richards Bay.

2013

Second year CRET student, Kopano Nkoana, is awarded Golden Key Society entry at Wits University

2013

Shanduka Black Umbrellas is a runner-up in the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Awards.

2013

6 Lilitha/AEC school girls matriculate and move on to the CRET bursary programme.

2014

Largest intake of CRET students at 44, including partner companies. CRET hosts its largest holiday work programme.

2014

SBU has 308 donors.

2014

The Ruth Simelane Trust, Lilitha Trust and Diepkloof Social Development initiative support the CRET programme.

2014

Kagiso Shanduka Trust launches its infrastructure programme at its inaugural bricklaying event commencing in 120 schools. Curriculum and social development programmes commence in 95 schools. 137 Empowerment and Transformation retreats take place.

2014

Adopt-a-School has 185 schools under adoption.

2014

Third Back to School for a Day held on Mandela Day.

2014

SBU signs agreement with Exxaro Coal for the development of its suppliers within the Lephalale region.

2014

SBU signs an agreement with Transnet Capital Projects for the development of 28 suppliers within the Cape Town incubator.

2014

CRET hosts its first student awards ceremony.

2014

SBU has 260 clients in incubation.

2014

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation has 108 staff throughout its various entities.

2014

SBU offcially launches the Port Elizabeth incubator.

2015

On 9 December Shanduka Foundation changes its name to Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation

2015

SBU wins the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year Award. The award, presented at a ceremony in Washington, USA, is regarded as the highest international honour a business incubator can achieve.

2016

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa hosts the third Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust Awards.

2016

The inaugural Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust Golf Fundraiser is held in Bela Bela with guests hosted at Cyril Ramaphosa's farm.

2016

The first Adopt-a-School Fundraiser is held in Durban and a record R9 million is raised.

2016

Adopt-a-School Foundation hosts its 10th Back to School Party raising in excess of R5 million.

2016

SBU reaches the phenomenal milestone of R1 Billion in combined turnover of its clients.

1996

Cyril Ramaphosa starts supporting disadvantaged students with bursaries to attend university.

1996

1999

Cyril Ramaphosa is contacted by his former primary school, Tshilidzi, to provide a donation of a fax machine.

2000

Tshilidzi Primary School is given support by Johnnic and Goldfields.

1999

2001

Shanduka Group is formed and a 5% shareholding in the group is set aside for two trusts: Fundani, an educational trust, and Mabindu, a small business development trust.

2002

Adopt-a-School Foundation (AAS) is officially established by a group of concerned individuals including Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr James Motlatsi.

2002
2004

2004

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is formally launched. Adopt-a-School Foundation and the Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust are an integral part of Shanduka’s CSI programme.

2004

The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) starts to offer holiday work to students.

2004_2

2004

8 schools are under Adopt-a-School Foundation's adoption programme.

2005

Shanduka supports 56 women at Tshiawelo station in their catering and beadwork business (Dzietele).

2005
2005_2

2005

Shanduka Group adopts Olifantsvlei Primary School and Shanduka staff go back to Olifantsvlei to renovate the school hall. This is the first ‘Olifantsvlei Day’ – an annual Shanduka staff volunteer initiative.

2005

CRET sponsors 7 students for business degrees.

2005

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation partners with Kaelo in Mount Ayli at Dutyini Primary School.

2006

MTN installs multi-media computer centres in 10 adopted schools.

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2006

2006

Inaugural Annual Report for Adopt-a-School Foundation.

2006

26 schools under adoption.

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2006

Shanduka partners with Constitutional Hill Trust and Buffelshoek Trust to host a successful fundraising event.

2006

Adopt-a-School Foundation hosts its first golf day fundraiser.

2006

Shanduka professionals are trained on mentoring through Umsobomvu Fund and mentoring of small businesses begins.

2006

AAS is nominated as a beneciary of the Black Eyed Peas Peapod Foundation.

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2006

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation gives its first business loan to SMME Filbert and Shela Business Enterprises.

2006

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation buys a sewing machine for Mazwe Tom to start a clothing design business.

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2007

2007

The first Back to School Party fundraiser is held.

2007

Adopt-a-School adopts its 44th school.

2007

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation starts supporting the Reading Dynamix Literacy Project.

2007

CRET manages the bursaries for two students sponsored by Netgroup.

2007

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation starts an in-house incubation of Filbert and Shela Business Enterprises and provides further business loans. Their story is featured on Kaelo Stories of Hope.

2007

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation gives grants to Tandla te Sive Women’s project in Katlehong and Tshephang Educare Trust.

2007

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation continues to support Dzietele Women's Group in Soweto.

2007

Shanduka offers internships to two communication graduates from Tshwane University and a student from Princeton University.

2008

2008

Adopt-a-School hosts its first Learner Awards ceremony.

2008

Adopt-a-School adopts its 58th school.

2008_2

2008

Adopt-a-School hosts its 3rd Golf Day fundraiser in Sun City.

2008

2008

2008

Adopt-a-School builds a brand new school, Banksdrift High School in Northern Cape in partnership with Investec and the Northern Cape Department of Education.

2009

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation partners with Black Umbrellas to form Shanduka Black Umbrellas (SBU) and commits R5.2m.

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2009

2009

Adopt-a-School starts to implement skills and social development programmes creating a new implementation model called Whole School Development.

2009

Adopt-a-School now has 85 schools under its adoption programme.

2009

Lafarge Education Trust adopts 11 schools in Bodibe, North West.

2009

2009

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2009

SBU has 27 donors.

2009

Adopt-a-School Foundation and Lafarge Education Trust partner with Dreamfields to bring Soccer Dream Leagues to Bodibe schools.

2009_2
2010

2010

Adopt-a-School launches an annual Essay and Art competition for its adopted schools.

2010

Experiential Workplace Programme (EWP) is formalised.

2010

SBU has 62 donors.

2010

Shanduka Blackpages, an annual printed directory of black owned businesses, is launched in partnership with Finweek.

2010_2

2010

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is the runner up in the corporate section of the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Award.

2010

Shanduka Black Umbrellas embarks on a training programme for mentors and hosts John Cull, an international management and training consultant for the programme.

2010

SBU opens third incubator in Pretoria.

2010

26 interns have gained valuable experience through the Experiential Workplace Programme.

2011

2011

Lafarge Education Trust adopts 26 schools in the Mzimela District, KZN.

2011

Adopt-a-School Foundation adopts its 100th school.

2011

1000 guests attend the 5th Back to School Party.

2011

SBU has 129 donors.

2011

Second issue of Shanduka Blackpages is published.

2011

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation is the runner up in the Best Social Responsibility category of the Africa Business Awards.

2011

SBU has 50 clients in incubation.

2011

2011

2011_2
2011_3

2011

Adopt-a-School Foundation opens a brand new school in Barberton, Mpumalanga.

2011

SBU Johannesburg incubator expands and relocates from Marshall Street to African Heritage Society House in Rivonia.

2011_4

2011

SBU opens its 4th incubator in the Smart Exchange Building, Walnut Road, Durban.

2012

Adopt-a-School, with Dr James Motlatsi, adopts three primary schools in Lesotho.

2012

2012

Adopt-a-School Foundation adopts its first school in Mozambique in partnership with Aggreko and Shanduka Group.

2012

Adopt-a-School pilots the Back to School for a Day initiative which encourages corporate South Africans to go back to school and spend a day with young learners.

2012_2
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2012

SBU signs agreement with the Jobs Fund for the funding of the Durban incubator for three years.

2012

Adopt-a-School adopts its 139th school.

2012_3

2012

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation wins 2nd place in the CSI category of the Business Times Top 100 Companies survey.

2012

Mavis Mahlangu, a first year CRET student, signs a Training Contract with Deloitte for 2016.

2012_4

2012

Shanduka Black Umbrellas wins the Companies doing most for Black Economic Empowerment category in the PMR awards.

2012

SBU partners with SmartProcurement World to feature in their exhibition and conference as a way of making SBU SMMEs more accessible to procurement managers.

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2012

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation gives seven small grants to SMMEs in the Shanduka Black Umbrellas stable.

2012

SBU has 266 donors.

2012_5

2012

The Industrial Development Corporation adopts 20 schools through Adopt-a-School.

2013

First international fundraiser held in London raises over R5.2 million for AAS.

2013

2013

Shanduka Black Umbrellas reaches 100 clients in incubation.

2013

Shanduka Black Umbrellas launches the Shanduka Blackpages online enterprise and supplier development portal with 1900 members.

2013_2

2013

Shanduka Black Umbrella holds its first regional and national Enterprise Development Awards.

2013

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation partners with Kagiso Trust to form the Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST) which partners with Free State Department of Education to work in 428 schools in the Free State province.

2013_3
2013_4

2013

Kagiso Shanduka Trust launches its Empowerment and Transformation retreats in 37 schools.

2013

CRET establishes a partnership with PwC for a Holiday work programme.

2013_5

2013

Experiential Workplace Programme reaches highest intake level at 18.

2013

Scaw partners with CRET to sponsor 5 university students.

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2013_6

2013

6 CRET students graduate (largest number of graduates in a year).

2013

Second year CRET student, Mavis Mahlangu, is inducted on the Deloitte Honours Board for outstanding academic achievement.

2013_7
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2013

Grindrod supports the CRET programme.

2013

SBU wins Impumelelo Award as Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

2013_8
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2013

SBU signs an enterprise and supplier development agreement with Sanlam for the development of 25 businesses in the Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg incubators.

2013

SBU signs agreement with Lonmin to fund an SBU incubator in Mooinooi for three years.

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2013

SBU signs funding agreement with Anglo American Sebenza Fund to fund the SBU Lephalale incubator for three years.

2013

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation partners with Microsoft on Internship Programme.

2013_9

2013

SBU has 300 donors.

2013

Adopt-a-School adopts its 171st school.

2013_10

2013

Cape Town incubator expands and relocates to new premises in Upper Eastside, Woodstock.

2013

SBU signs agreement with Transnet to fund the establishment and operation of SBU incubators in Port Elizabeth and Richards Bay.

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2013_11

2013

Second year CRET student, Kopano Nkoana, is awarded Golden Key Society entry at Wits University

2013

Shanduka Black Umbrellas is a runner-up in the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Awards.

2013

6 Lilitha/AEC school girls matriculate and move on to the CRET bursary programme.

2014

Largest intake of CRET students at 44, including partner companies. CRET hosts its largest holiday work programme.

2014

2014

SBU has 308 donors.

2014

The Ruth Simelane Trust, Lilitha Trust and Diepkloof Social Development initiative support the CRET programme.

2014_1

2014

Kagiso Shanduka Trust launches its infrastructure programme at its inaugural bricklaying event commencing in 120 schools. Curriculum and social development programmes commence in 95 schools. 137 Empowerment and Transformation retreats take place.

2014

Adopt-a-School has 185 schools under adoption.

2014_2

2014

Third Back to School for a Day held on Mandela Day.

2014

SBU signs agreement with Exxaro Coal for the development of its suppliers within the Lephalale region.

2014_3

2014

SBU signs an agreement with Transnet Capital Projects for the development of 28 suppliers within the Cape Town incubator.

2014

CRET hosts its first student awards ceremony.

2014

SBU has 260 clients in incubation.

2014

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation has 108 staff throughout its various entities.

2014_4

2014

SBU offcially launches the Port Elizabeth incubator.

2015

On 9 December Shanduka Foundation changes its name to Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation

2015

SBU wins the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year Award. The award, presented at a ceremony in Washington, USA, is regarded as the highest international honour a business incubator can achieve.

2016

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa hosts the third Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust Awards.

2016

The inaugural Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust Golf Fundraiser is held in Bela Bela with guests hosted at Cyril Ramaphosa's farm.

2016

The first Adopt-a-School Fundraiser is held in Durban and a record R9 million is raised.

2016

Adopt-a-School Foundation hosts its 10th Back to School Party raising in excess of R5 million.

2016

SBU reaches the phenomenal milestone of R1 Billion in combined turnover of its clients.

2017

CRET supports its highest number of bursary students yet at 70.

2017

CRET student Nomvula Motsweni is offered a training contract by KPMG to train towards her chartered accounting qualification.

2017

SBU launches NextGen Academy - a business and entrepreneurship development training organisation geared towards further developing entrepreneurs.

2017

KST celebrates 2016 Free State Matric results with a pass rate of 88.2%, the highest in the country.

2017

AAS celebrates 78% average pass rate in their adopted schools with 60.5% of learners achieving bachelor and diploma passes.

2017

CRET celebrates 21 years since first CRET Bursary was awarded.

2017

SBU reaches the R1.5 Billion milestone in combined turnover of its small business clients.

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