The staff of the Foundation are at the centre of delivery of its mandate. The Foundation has a dynamic human resources approach, policies and programmes that ensures well-motivated staff that live the Foundation’s values and are committed to its mission, vision and goals.

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Core Foundation employees

Total employees across all partner entities

The leadership of young Black women throughout the Foundation and its PARTNER entities is particularly striking.

Learning and Development

from March 2019 - February 2020

Investment in employee development

Invested in employee development across

the entities

Worth of free employee training, donated

by Executrain

Innovation Awards

Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation has implemented an annual innovation award which rewards initiatives that improve capabilities and/or that are new to the organisation, market or sector. The 2019 recipient of the Foundation’s Innovation Award was the team that conceptualised and produced the 15th anniversary public art exhibition.


The winner of the 2018 award was Adopt-a-School, for its tailor-made programme to address leadership challenges that affect school performance. The programme was piloted in 2018 at Dr Beyers Naude Secondary School.


The Game Plan is a specially curated board quiz game about the Foundation that was created to help cohere the organisation across its partner entities in a fun way.

I am Talent

The Foundation has implemented a talent retention and management strategy entitled “I am Talent”. One of its key components is staff engagement via performance and talent conversations. This aims to ensure that talent is fully performing in current roles and is developed for future roles. In 2019, appreciation was expressed for all the talent of the organisation with an individual gift.

Employee Wellness Programme

A staff wellness programme was launched on 4 July 2019. The Foundation recognises that a healthy workforce positively affects organisational performance. To this end, the Foundation strives to create a supportive work environment that encourages and supports employees to adopt healthier lifestyles in order to achieve work/life effectiveness. The Foundation acquired the services of ICAS, an employee wellness service provider, to run the Foundation’s wellness programme. ICAS is an international company with footprints in South Africa which offers a holistic wellness programme for employers. ICAS has a multi-disciplinary team that includes occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, nurses, doctors and medical review panels which are readily available to Foundation staff and members of their households.


ICAS will provide quarterly reports that will monitor uptake of the programme and potentially highlight trends and areas that require management attention in order to improve employee wellness. As part of the wellness programme a Wellness Day was held in partnership with Discovery medical scheme and ICAS on 26 July 2019. Employees were afforded an opportunity to undertake medical assessments that included tests and screenings for HIV, blood pressure, diabetes and cholesterol. The day’s programme included retirement planning and stress management presentations by Alexander Forbes and ICAS respectively, and an aerobics class by Virgin Active.


In the 2019/2020 reporting period, integrity and ethical leadership has been emphasised. Refresher workshops were conducted on the code of ethics, declaration of interest, whistle blower and anti-corruption policies. The implementation of these policies has been strengthened by the launching of “BUA”, an anti-corruption hotline across all entities. Employees were all trained on its use.

Our focus has been on entrenching our values of integrity and ethical performance and putting employees at the centre of delivering on our mandate.

Mmabatho Maboya - CEO

Sinika – We are Giving

Sinika, which is isiXhosa for “we are giving”, is the Foundation’s employee giving programme. Members of staff of the Foundation and its partner entities each embody the commitment of the Foundation to improve lives and live the values of the Foundation. To demonstrate this, each member of staff contributes a monthly sum to the Sinika programme.


Sinika raised R169 645 in 2019 for the implementation of an entrepreneurial club at Modilati Secondary School in Hammanskraal. Black Umbrella’s Next Gen Academy provided training to the 26 members of the club on traditional marketing and sales and digital marketing.


The group started a business selling airtime at school, and the practical components of their training was based on this small business.