Timeline

Supporting Students – 1996

From speaking fees earned, Cyril Ramaphosa begins supporting students to attend university

CRET Formally Established – 1999
  • The Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust (CRET) is formally established.
  • Cyril Ramaphosa is contacted by his former primary school in Soweto to donate a fax machine. He is motivated to rally support to address the needs of more schools.
Cyril Ramaphosa founds the Shanduka Group – 2001
Cyril Ramaphosa founds the Shanduka Group – 2001

Cyril Ramaphosa founds the Shanduka Group. A 5% shareholding is set aside for two trusts – Fundani, an educational trust, and Mabindu, a small business development trust.

Adopt-a-School – 2002
Adopt-a-School – 2002

Adopt-a-School is officially established by Cyril Ramaphosa and James Motlatsi.

The Foundation is formally launched – 2004
The Foundation is formally launched – 2004

The Foundation is formally launched, with CRET and Adopt-a-School as integral programmes.

Mentoring of small businesses – 2006
Mentoring of small businesses – 2006

The Foundation provides its first business loan and mentoring of small businesses begins.

Black Umbrellas – 2009
  • Adopt-a-School begins to offer its holistic school development model, Whole School Development.
  • The Foundation partners with Black Umbrellas and invests R5.2 million to scale the programme.
Adopt-a-School adopts its 100th school – 2011
Adopt-a-School adopts its 100th school – 2011
  • Adopt-a-School adopts its 100th school.
  • The Foundation is runner up in the ‘’Best Social Responsibility’’ category of the Africa Business Awards.
2nd place in the CSI category of the Business Times Top 100 Companies survey – 2012
2nd place in the CSI category of the Business Times Top 100 Companies survey – 2012
  • The Foundation wins 2nd place in the CSI category of the Business Times Top 100 Companies survey.
  • Black Umbrellas wins the ‘’Companies Doing Most for Black Economic Empowerment’’ category in the Professional Management Review (PMR) Awards.
The Foundation partners with Kagiso Trust to form KST – 2013
The Foundation partners with Kagiso Trust to form KST – 2013
  • The Foundation partners with Kagiso Trust to form KST, which signs a matched-funding partnership with the Free State Department of Education to implement Whole School Development at a district level.
  • Black Umbrellas wins the Impumelelo Award as ‘’Social Entrepreneur of the Year’’, and is runner-up in the Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Awards.
The Foundation celebrates 10 years – 2014
  • The Foundation celebrates 10 years.
  • The Shanduka Foundation is constituted as Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, an independent Public Benefit Organisation.
  • Black Umbrellas wins the National Business Incubation Association (NBIA) Randall M. Whaley Incubator of the Year Award, presented in Washington, USA
Free State province achieves the highest matric pass rate – 2016
Free State province achieves the highest matric pass rate – 2016
  • Black Umbrella achieves R1 billion in combined turnover by its incubator clients.
  • Free State province achieves the highest matric pass rate in the country.
The Foundation launches the Thari programme pilot – 2017
The Foundation launches the Thari programme pilot – 2017
  • Black Umbrellas reaches R2 billion in combined turnover of its small business clients.
  • The Foundation launches the Thari Programme pilot.
  • Free State province achieves the highest matric pass rate for the second year, with Fezile Dabi District the best performing district in the country.
Mmabatho Maboya is appointed CEO – 2018
Mmabatho Maboya is appointed CEO – 2018
  • Fezile Dabi District is the highest performing district in the country for a second year running.
  • Donnè Nicol resigns as CEO of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation to take up the position of Special Advisor to the President of South Africa.
  • Mmabatho Maboya is appointed CEO of Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.
The Foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary – 2019
  • The Foundation celebrates its 15th anniversary.
  • KST is extended by a further five years following a funding partnership with the First Rand Empowerment Fund
  • Black Umbrellas is the recipient of the 2019 International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) awards for the second time.
  • Free State province achieves the highest matric pass rate.
Dr Tshepo Motsepe is appointed Chairperson – 2020
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa becomes Patron of Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation.
  • Dr Tshepo Motsepe is appointed Chairperson of Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation
  • Motheo District debuts in the top 10 districts in the 2020 NSC examinations.
  • Free State province achieves the highest matric pass rate.
Black Umbrellas launches its Virtual Incubator offerings – 2021
  • Motheo and Fezile Dabi achieve the second and third best district matric results nationally.
  • Black Umbrellas launches its Virtual Incubator offerings.
The Thari Programme holds its 2nd Biennial Conference in Botshabelo, Free State – 2022
  • Adopt-a-School marks its 20th
  • Over 700,000 learners have benefited from Whole School Development since inception.
  • KST supported Mothe District achieves the Free State province’s highest district results with a pass rate of 87.9%.
  • The Public Sector Leaders magazine notes Black Umbrellas as a ‘’top 4 programme unlocking youth potential in South Africa’’.
  • The Thari Programme holds its 2nd Biennial Conference in Botshabelo, Free State
  • KST successfully concludes its pilot of the District Whole School Development model in Fezile Dabi and Motheo in the Free State
22 CRET students graduate – 2023
22 CRET students graduate – 2023
  • 22 CRET students graduate – including in medicine and surgery, international relations, shipping and logistics, and environmental management
  • • The Free State is again the top-performing region, boasting an 89% matric pass rate. Motheo is the second best performing district, and Fezile Dabi ranks in the top ten.
Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation marks its 20th anniversary! – 2024
Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation marks its 20th anniversary! – 2024

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation marks its 20th anniversary!