This section speaks only to the relationships that the Foundation has at a central level, and not the multitude of partnerships enjoyed by its entities. Details of these partnerships may be found in the annual reports of the Foundation’s entities.

Youth Management Foundation

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation was a sponsor partner of the Youth Management Foundation. The YMF is a youth-led

organisation that implements leadership and mentorship programmes in schools across the country.

Presidential Golf Challenge

The Presidential Golf Challenge (PGC) is hosted by the Department of Public Service and Administration and is a joint initiative with the private sector to raise funds in support of social development projects designated by the sitting President. It is held each year following the State of the Nation address. Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation was the designated beneficiary of the 2019 PGC held on 8 February. The R5.6 million raised was allocated to much needed school sanitation projects to be implemented by the Foundation’s partner entity, Adopt-a-School.


In 2018, the Foundation applied funds raised by the Presidential Golf Challenge of that year to the construction of three new classrooms at Ditsepu Secondary School in Polokwane, Limpopo; the construction of a feeding scheme kitchen at Motshegofadiwa Primary School in Hammanskraal, Gauteng; and the construction of an ablution facility at Rode Secondary School in Mount Frere, Eastern Cape.

Funds raised were applied to the construction of new ablution facilities at  Mandleni Junior Secondary School, Ixopo Junior Secondary School and Rode Senior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape, and Madikoti Putsoa Primary School in Limpopo.



BCX SuperSport ShootOut

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation was a beneficiary of R500 000 from Multichoice, facilitated by the Celebrity Golf Shootout at the BCX SuperSport Shootout in May 2019.

Reading Dynamix

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation has supported Reading Dynamix since 2007. Teachers were trained in delivering the reading development programme, with over 22 000 learners reached at different schools in Alexandra Township and lvory Park. The workbooks used are compliant with the national curriculum for English as a First Additional Language. Reading Dynamix reported continued success by teachers and district officials. In October 2018, the Foundation notified Reading Dynamix of the discontinuation of funding at the end of 2019. The beneficiary schools expressed gratitude for the long-term support and indicated continued use of the skills and learning materials gained.


City Year South Africa is a national youth service programme that recruits, trains and supports highly motivated groups of young volunteers between 18-25 years to serve in primary schools, high schools and ECD centres in Gauteng. The Foundation has partnered with City Year South Africa to implement the programme at Tshilidzi Primary School in Soweto. Called Whole School Whole Child, the programme aims to equip young learners with the tools to be active, responsible young people who know their value and have the skills to contribute positively to society. Eight young people have been trained as tutors and mentors and were immersed at Tshilidzi Primary School in April 2019.

Whole School, Whole Child worked in four key areas:




Additional human resources to support the school with their daily administration


English literacy and reading skills

After-school activities and homework support.

Advocacy through awareness campaigns and projects

City Year South Africa’s service leaders contribute a year of their lives to investing and positively influencing school children. They are themselves undergoing personal development and career guidance and using the opportunity to transition positively into the world of work. Seven service leaders graduated from the Tshilidzi programme in 2019 and a further nine talented and vibrant individuals continue and build upon the highly successful programme.

174 learners joined the CYSA’s after school programme called City Year Children’s Club.


The partnership resulted in successful projects such as a child protection campaign, environmental awareness project, a spelling BEE, a legacy project, Women’s Day appreciation campaign and a learner appreciation and graduation ceremony.

Mr Thinawanga takalani

Mr Takalani, the principal of Tshilidzi Primary School, tragically passed away in early 2020. Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation and Adopt-a-School were deeply saddened to hear of his passing. Mr Takalani played an integral role in Adopt-a-School campaigns and was a committed and impactful leader. The school, community and education sector at large will sorely miss him. Mr Takalani’s legacy is one of deep ethical leadership and love and compassion for his learners.