SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

OVERVIEW

Novus Holdings is committed to continuously invest in beneficiaries that positively contribute to transforming communities through relevant skills development programmes and initiatives.

Novus Academy – Ongoing

The Novus Academy has been instrumental in unlocking the potential of Novus Holdings’ employees as well as industry professionals from across the globe since 2011. With its sophisticated infrastructure that includes world-class software and technology, the Novus Academy works closely with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations, NAMB (The National Artisan Moderation Body), SAQA (South African Qualifications Authority) and Printing SA. It is endorsed by the Fibre Processing & Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority (FP&M SETA). Through its Apprenticeship programmes, the Academy offers successful applicants an opportunity to earn an income whilst working towards an internationally certified trade qualification.
In 2017, Novus Academy won the prestigious Gold award in the Best Artisan Development Programme (small to medium size enterprise) category at the National Skills Development Awards.

The Big Issue – Ongoing

The Big Issue is a registered non-profit social enterprise that provides employment to marginalised adults through its developmental job creation programme whereby these adults become vendors for the Big Issue magazine, receiving a percentage of the sale price of each copy.
Novus Holdings and the Big Issue have a strategic relationship spanning over 18 years, whereby our flagship printing plant, Paarl Media Cape, covers the printing and binding costs of the Big Issue magazine on a monthly basis. This monthly support allows the publication to grow in content provision and number of supported vendors.

National Teaching Awards – Ongoing

Launched in 2000, the National Teaching Awards acknowledges the extraordinary efforts made by teachers often achieved under extremely difficult conditions and in service to children from underprivileged families and economically depressed communities. The awards aim to focus on the positive aspects of education and raise awareness of the importance the teaching profession has on nation-building. In recognising that teachers are the key component in moulding, guiding and developing our children into becoming successful and productive members of our society, we have been sponsoring the National Teaching Awards since 2013, investing an amount of more than R2 million to date.

National Recycling Day: Oasis Recycling – 2017

For more than two decades now, the Oasis Association has created sustainable employment for intellectually disabled men, women and children, who are ordinarily side-lined and excluded from mainstream society, through its recycling project called Oasis Recycling. Oasis Recycling processes over 160 tons of recyclable waste a month and is a significant contributor towards recycling in the Cape Metropole. It provides professional recycling solutions to hundreds of companies and offers a drop-off centre for domestic recycling services. In honour of National Recycling Day celebrated on 16 September 2017, we donated R15 000 to Oasis Recycling.

Lebone Village – 2017

This faith-based, non-profit organisation, situated just outside Bloemfontein in the Free State, is dedicated to bringing hope, dignity and support by providing holistic care to all vulnerable children, youth, their families and people affected by poverty. In November 2017, we donated toilet paper products to the value of over R23 000 to Lebone Village.

The Principals Academy – 2016

The Principals Academy Trust, a Section 18(a) Trust, seeks to turn public schools serving socio-economically disadvantaged communities into ‘Centres of Excellence’ for education by focusing on improving school leadership and teaching. Understanding that teachers are vital in driving and advancing education, especially maths in South Africa, we donated R100 000 to the Principals Academy Trust to help fund the running of the Academy’s Subject Intervention workshops.

Wildlands Conservation Trust – 2016

As a conservation and employment initiative, Wildlands Conservation Trust aims to empower its beneficiaries by educating them to conserve their natural environment and heritage and to feed, clothe, educate and house themselves by growing and trading trees and collecting waste. Operating seven programmes across 12 communities in six provinces, the Trust promotes well-being and sustainability.
Our donation of R100 000 went a long way to assist in furthering the education in these communities.

Enhancing Education Projects

Enhancing Education Projects

Mobile Libraries – Phumelela Primary School 2017
Mandela Day 2016
Do and Learn 2016
Knysna Rotary – Sivuyele School for the Deaf 2016
NorthWay Primary School 2016
1000 Libraries Campaign 2016
The Emagqabini Academy 2015
94+ Schools Project 2012

With the recent results showing that South Africa ranked 138 out of 140 countries in a quality of education survey, Novus Holdings recognised that improving education in South Africa is a key concern. We are deeply invested in providing education solutions that will shape the future leaders of our country and build for a better tomorrow.

Grow Smart – 2017

Novus Holdings partnered with Growthpoint Properties for this year’s Storybook and Newspaper competition. These endeavours, supported by the Western Cape Education Department are aimed at improving primary school education levels.
We contributed R65, 990 in print sponsorship for the two competitions which are aimed at pupils in Grades 4 – 6.

Mobile Libraries – Phumelela Primary School – 2017

We donated seven mobile libraries to Phumelela Primary School situated in Kwa Mashu, Kwa ZuluNatal. These innovative mobile libraries can be wheeled from one classroom to another which makes it easily accessible to all learners. The learners at Phumelela Primary come from communities which do not have access to a library and it is shown that access to libraries improves learners’ performance and increases their chances of success.

Mandela Day 2016

To honour the exceptional life of the late Nelson Mandela who dedicated 67 years to changing the lives of all South Africans, on Monday 18 July we volunteered 67-minutes of our time to the Marconi Beam Primary School.
Established in 2004, Marconi Beam Primary is currently responsible for the education of 1 568 learners, most of whom are from the Joe Slovo informal settlement. Situated less than a kilometre away from our Montague Gardens offices and facilities, our involvement was focused on contributing the following:

• Painting classrooms and an existing jungle gym
• Cleaning the school grounds by removing litter and rubble, thus ensuring that their break-time areas were safe and clean
• Installing a new jungle gym
• Providing the Grade R classes with educational essentials such as filled pencil cases, magazines and paper reel ends that can be used for child development in creativity and expression.
• Donating sporting equipment for the learners, such as soccer balls and bibs for two teams, netball bibs, poles with nets and balls for two teams,
• Training cones and whistles for physical education activities.

This corporate sponsorship directly aligns with our Future Foundations Initiative, which aims to build strong foundations for future growth by focusing on improving education and empowering learners, developing the skills of our local workforce and engaging with our immediate community.

Contact:

E.A. Plaatjies-resha
021 555 1764

Do and Learn – 2016

We assisted the Do and Learn program, at Belhar Primary School, by supplying learning materials. We made a financial aid contribution to the value of R 21,700, which allowed the school to buy a total of 210 books, 140 flashcards and 70 A3 clear bags.
This program’s main objective is to offer learners the chance to improve their literacy skills, focusing especially on Grade R students, and the result of the sponsorship meant that at the end of the year there was a significant difference in the learners’ language results.
The school was one of ten schools randomly selected by the Metropole North Education District for Literacy Pre- and Post-Testing. At both the Pre- and Post-testing the selected learners were unanimously praised for their literacy abilities. This testing was done by an independent company and was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Contact:

Do and Learn Office
021 975 1722

Knysna Rotary – Sivuyele School for the Deaf – 2016

Water access is vital for students’ health and their ability to learn, and so when heard that Sivuyele School for the Deaf had no water supply, we felt we had to assist with financial aid to remedy this situation in order to ensure that the school had all the running water it needed.

Contact:

AndileTafeni
083 513 8411.

NorthWay Primary School – 2016

Northway Primary School is situated in Ravensmead, in the Western Cape. The school specialises in Maths, Science and Technology.
When the school mentioned that they required financial aid for their arts and culture projects and to assist learners with job shadowing opportunities, all projects that directly align to our belief of giving a hand-up and not a handout, we decided to pitch in and donate a much needed R5 000.

Contact:

D.A Ockhuis
021 931 3307

1000 Libraries Campaign – 2015

Launched in 2015 by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, the 1000 Libraries Campaign opened a new library at Uvuyo Primary School in Mofolo North in Soweto. In line with our ethos that education is fundamental to the growth and development of both individuals and South Africa as a whole, the Future Foundations Initiative donated R6, 700 towards the library that year. Last year, to coincide with Mandela Month, we donated a further R6, 700 towards the library.
In 2016 we also we donated R6700 four other schools to go towards their libraries. The schools were Iphahamiseng Primary School in Gauteng, Vredefort Primary School in the Free State, Laerskool Malelane in Mpumalanga, and Rampine Primary School in the North West Province.

The Emagqabini Academy – 2015

Founded by husband and wife team Cindy Mkaza and Linda Siboto, the Emagqabini Education Academy was established to provide support for children struggling with homework. It was started because of one of the founders’ personal experience within our education system – Cindy watched her younger sister receive poor marks at school because of the lack of assistance with her homework.
The Academy offers basic Maths and English classes every Saturday at the Site B library in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape, for grade 8-10 learners. The tutors, many of whom are teachers and other community members, all volunteer to provide these extra classes.
The support provided by the Future Foundations Initiative began in 2014 when we donated two laptops, a projector and basic stationary for the learners. A further donation was also made to contribute towards providing an internet connection and transport both for tutors and pupils
Our continued support in its second year meant that the Emagqabini Education Academy could enroll 60 students who were provided with branded clothing for learners and tutors, as well as notes and workbooks printed by Novus Holdings. Following a feature in our internal newspaper, People Inc, one of our own employees, LukhanyoGunundu, offered his services as a Maths tutor.

Contact:

Cindy Mkaza-Siboto: cindy@emagqabini-edu.org
Linda Siboto: l.siboto@gmail.com
Tel: 0218236981

94+ Schools Project – 2012

The 94+ Schools Project for Madiba began as a celebration of our former president, Nelson Mandela, to honour his legacy and to pay tribute to his views on education:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
By providing financial aid that is aimed at improving the infrastructure of more than 94 schools across South Africa, this project gives hope and dignity to the learners attending these schools.
As one of our CSI projects, Novus Holdings chose Clarkebury Senior Secondary School because of its association with the projects inspiration, Madiba.
Clarkebury Senior Secondary School – Boasting Nelson Mandela as a former student, it seemed only fitting that Clarkeburyis on the list of education institutions to receive corporate sponsorship from the Future Foundations Initiative. The Eastern Cape school, near Ngcobo, first received assistance from the Foundations Initiative in 2012 when a multi-purpose sports court was erected. Despite challenges such as the excavation of 470 tons of rock and lack of tarred roads which hampered access at times, the project was a huge success.
At the official handover ceremony which was held in conjunction with the Department of Education and attended by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, sporting equipment including bibs, soccer balls, whistles and basketballs were also given to the school.
Learners from the school and the community as a whole have benefited from this facility, and the school’s pass rate increased from 74.6% in 2012 to 85.9% in 2013.

Skills Development Projects

Skills Development Projects

Novus Academy 2011 (ongoing)
The Big Issue – Ongoing
National Teachers Awards 2017
Principals Academy 2016
Wildlands Conservation Trust 2016

Novus Academy – 2011 (Ongoing)

The combination of our passion for the print industry and the obvious shortage of specialised skills in the marketplace prompted us to establish the Novus Academy in 2011. We seek to unlock the potential of industry professionals from across the globe, by offering world-class print training and educationprograms that are accredited by SETA and the City & Guilds of London Institute.

The Academy provides our employees with the opportunity to learn, grow and excel at their jobs through the delivery of technical, life skills, management, leadership, IT and systems, as well as a host of other courses and apprenticeship programs that allow employees to “earn while you learn,” all the while working toward internationally certified qualifications.

Technical training is offered as fulltimeapprenticeship programs, fulltime training or part time training.

For more information about a Novusapprenticeshipcall us on +27 21 870 3800 or send us an email. Follow the Novus Academy on Facebook.

Principals Academy – 2016

The Principals Academy Trust, a Section 18(a) Trust, seeks to turn public schools serving socio-economically disadvantaged communities into “Centres of Excellence” for education by focusing on improving school leadership and teaching.
Understanding that teachers are vital in driving and advancing education, especially maths in South Africa, Novus Holdings has donated R100 000 of financial aid to the Principals Academy Trust which will be used to fund the running of the Subject Intervention workshops.

Contact:

Joanne
021 286 0009

Wildlands Conservation Trust – 2016

A conservation and employment initiative, Wildlands Conservation Trust aims to empower its beneficiaries by educating them to conserve their natural environment and heritage and to feed, clothe, educate and house themselves by growing and trading trees and collecting waste.
Operating seven programs across 12 communities in six provinces, the Trust promotes wellbeing and sustainability.
Our donation of R100, 000 in financial aid will go a long way to furthering the education in these communities.

The Big Issue – Ongoing

Novus Holdings and The Big Issue have worked together for the last 18 years providing empowerment to the unemployed. A socially responsible non profit enterprise, The Big Issue provides employment to marginalised adults through its job creation program whereby these adults become vendors for the magazine, receiving a percentage of the sale price of each copy.
As our financial aid contribution Novus Holdings covers the costs of printing and binding for each monthly issue.

National Teachers Awards – 2017

As part of our commitment to striving for excellence in education, Novus Holdings, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, is a proud sponsor of the National Teachers Awards.
We recognise that teachers are the key component in molding, guiding and developing our children into becoming successful and productive members of our society, and as such we support the 2017 DBE National Teaching Awards with a corporate sponsorship of R400 000.

ENHANCING EDUCATION

ENHANCING EDUCATION

OVERVIEW

Novus Holdings recognised that improving education in South Africa is a key concern. We are deeply invested in providing education solutions that will shape the future leaders of our country and build for a better tomorrow.

Paarl Media Bursary Trust Fund – Ongoing

The Paarl Media Bursary Fund Trust annually supports promising school-leavers who require financial assistance to study in the field of their choice. The Trust was started by the Retief family in the Western Cape with an initial investment sum of R10 million. Novus Holdings supports the Trust by providing resources to facilitate and manage the administration and processing of the bursaries each year.
Since its inception in 2008, the Trust has awarded more than 100 bursaries to the value of over R2.1 million.

Read to Lead: Mobile Libraries – Ongoing

Novus Holdings partnered with the New Africa Education Foundation (NAEF) with the introduction of an innovative mobile library solution and has since been making great strides towards improving literacy in less privileged communities. Since 2017, we have been sponsoring schools across the country with mobile libraries which can be wheeled from one classroom to another, making them easily accessible to all learners.
We have facilitated a financial investment of more than R713 000 towards the donation of mobile libraries to schools across KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng and the Western Cape.
These schools include:

• Phumelela Primary School situated in Kwa Mashu (KwaZulu-Natal) – seven mobile libraries
• Nyiko Primary school in Tembisa township (Gauteng) – eight mobile libraries
• Soneike High School in Kuilsriver (Western Cape) – three mobile libraries
• Bonteheuwel High School in Bonteheuwel, Athlone (Western Cape) – five mobile libraries
• Kama Primary School in Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape) – seven mobile libraries

Isithebe Day Care Centre – Ongoing

The Isithebe Day Care Centre, situated at the ITB Plastics Manufacturing factory in Kwa-Zulu Natal, opened its doors in April 2007 with the aim to provide a day care facility and school readiness class for children in the Isithebe area and surrounds. The children’s parents or guardians either work for ITB Plastics Manufacturing or other factories in Isithebe. The centre currently accommodates 65 to 70 children each school year. With a staff complement of five, the centre provides two meals and two snacks per day to ensure all children are well nourished.

GrowSmart – Ongoing

In 2009, Growthpoint Properties made a corporate social investment in education through the creation of GrowSmart, an educational programme that supports the Western Cape Education Department in helping to improve literacy, maths, science and writing levels in primary schools.
In 2016, we sponsored the printing of the GrowSmart Competition Writing book which is aimed at learners in Grades 4 to 6. This sponsorship continued further in 2017 and 2018. In addition, we continued to also sponsor the printing of the GrowSmart Newspaper. The financial contribution of the sponsorship amounts to over R180 000 to date.

Boland School for Autism – 2018

The Boland School for Autism was established in September 2009 when a few parents and professionals got together and saw the need to open a school for autism in the Boland area in the Western Cape, catering for the autism community surrounding Paarl and Stellenbosch. The school provides children on the autism spectrum the opportunity to learn and grow within a social environment along with their peers – providing an environment that respects every child’s uniqueness and promotes learning and development. In 2018, Paarl Labels made a financial donation of R35 000 to the school.

Open Door Community Foundation – 2018

The aim of the Open Door Community Foundation is to empower the youth from economically deprived areas. The voluntary community-based organisation situated in Mowbray, Cape Town has made a strong commitment to build and develop initiatives to engage young people in positive dialogue to contribute and become integrated within the community. In 2018, a financial donation of R15 000 was made to the foundation as part of Novus Holdings’2018 National Teaching Awards sponsorship.

EduWeek – 2017

As the largest and most recognised future-focused education event in sub-Saharan Africa, Eduweek showcases the latest product and service innovations within the education sector. It annually provides a live platform for educationists to deliberate on current developments and trends, as well as critical issues facing education. Forming part of this powerful event is the EduWeek Awards which recognises excellence across the African education ecosystem.
In 2017, we sponsored all the printing collateral to the value of over R50 000 for the 2017 EduWeek Awards and facilitated the handover of the coveted NGO of the year award focusing on Early Childhood Development. In 2016, we sponsored two award categories, namely Supplier of the Year (won by One-on-One Community Based Programmes) and NGO of the Year (won by BrainBoosters). In addition to winning the awards, both organisations received a cash donation of R10 000 to encourage them to continue providing their much-needed services to their communities.

Mandela Day: Read to Rise – 2017

As a non-profit organisation, Read to Rise is committed to promoting youth literacy in schools in South Africa’s under-resourced communities. As its name indicates, the organisation believes that children need to read in order to rise in their personal development and contribution to society. The organisation currently supports learners in Mitchells Plain (Western Cape) and Soweto (Gauteng) through a three-component programme which includes a book ownership programme, mini-libraries and class visits.
In July 2017, in honour of Nelson Mandela Day, our employees volunteered their time to cover Read to Rise reading books, valued at R12 000, in plastic. The books were then donated to Grade 2 and 3 learners across 45 schools in the Mitchells Plain area. We also made a financial contribution to the organisation to the value of R12 000.

Tumelo Primary School- 2017

Situated in Soweto, the school has been operating since 1956 and is severely under-developed in terms of infrastructure. In November 2017, Paarl Coldset Johannesburg provided financial support of R50 000 to assist in the rejuvenation of the school’s grounds.

Do and Learn – 2017 and 2016

The non-profit company is dedicated to enabling South Africa’s children or any illiterate person to learn to read and write. The programme’s main objective is to offer learners the chance to improve their literacy skills, focusing especially on Grade R students. During November 2017, we supplied learning material packs, valued at more than R24 000, respectively to Uitsig Primary and Belhar Primary through the Do and Learn programme. In 2016, we also supplied learning material to the value of R21 700 to Belhar Primary School as part of the programme.

Mandela Day: Marconi Beam Primary School – 2016

To honour the life of the late Nelson Mandela who dedicated 67 years to changing the lives of all South Africans, we volunteered 67-minutes of our time to the Marconi Beam Primary School in July 2016.
Established in 2004, Marconi Beam Primary is responsible for the education of over 1500 learners, most of whom are from the Joe Slovo informal settlement. Situated less than a kilometre away from our Montague Gardens offices and facilities, our involvement was focused on contributing the following:
• Painting classrooms and an existing jungle gym.
• Cleaning the school grounds by removing litter and rubble, thus ensuring that their break-time areas were safe and clean.
• Installing a new jungle gym.
• Providing the Grade R classes with educational essentials such as filled pencil cases, magazines and paper reel ends that can be used for child development in creativity and expression.
• Donating sporting equipment for the learners, such as soccer balls and bibs for two teams, netball bibs, poles with nets and balls for two teams.
• Training cones and whistles for physical education activities.

Knysna Rotary – Sivuyela School for the Deaf – 2016

Water access is vital for students’ health and their ability to learn, and so when we heard that the Sivuyele School for the Deaf had no water supply, we felt we had to assist with financial aid amounting to R11 000 to remedy this situation in order to ensure that the school had all the running water it needed.

1000 Libraries Campaign – 2015 and 2016

As part of the 1000 Libraries Campaign, a new library was opened at Uvuyo Primary School in Mofolo North in Soweto to which we donated R6 700. In honour of Mandela Month in July 2016, we donated a further R6 700 to the school, as well as individual donations of R6 700 to the following four schools: Iphahamiseng Primary School in Gauteng, Vredefort Primary School in the Free State, Laerskool Malelane in Mpumalanga, and Rampine Primary School in the North West Province.

The Emagqabini Academy– 2015 and 2014

Founded by husband and wife team Cindy Mkaza and Linda Siboto, the Emagqabini Education Academy was established to provide support for children struggling with homework. The Academy offers basic Maths and English classes every Saturday at the Site B library in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape, for grade 8-10 learners. The tutors, many of whom are teachers and other community members, all volunteer to provide these extra classes.
In 2014, we donated two laptops, a projector and basic stationary for the learners. A further donation was also made to contribute towards providing an internet connection and transport both for tutors and pupils
Our continued support in 2015 meant that the Emagqabini Education Academy could enroll 60 students who were provided with branded clothing for learners and tutors, as well as notes and workbooks printed by Novus Holdings. One of our own employees, Lukhanyo Gunundu, has offered his services as a Maths tutor.

94+ Schools Project – 2012

The 94+ Schools Project for Madiba began as a celebration of the late Nelson Mandela, to honour his legacy and to pay tribute to his views on education. By providing financial aid that is aimed at improving the infrastructure of more than 94 schools across South Africa, this project gives hope and dignity to the learners attending these schools. Boasting Nelson Mandela as a former student, it seemed only fitting for us to support the Clarkebury Senior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape with the provision of a multi-purpose sports court. At the official handover ceremony which was held in conjunction with the Department of Education, sporting equipment including bibs, soccer balls, whistles and basketballs were also given to the school. Learners from the school and the community as a whole have benefited from this facility, and the school’s pass rate increased from 74.6% in 2012 to 85.9% in 2013.

Community Engagement Projects

Community Engagement Projects

Human Rights Day 2017
World Water Day 2017
Shiloh Synergy 2017
New Dawn 2017
Call 2 Care: Food Gardens 2017
World Aids Day – Acres of Love 2016
Community Crisis Centre 2016
Die Eiland Huis 2016
Miqlat NPC 2016
The Rolemodels Foundation 2016
Ons Kinder Jeugsorgsentrum 2016
Come Back Mission 2016
Phoenix Child Welfare 2016

Overview

With the recent results showing that South Africa ranked 138 out of 140 countries in a quality of education survey, Novus Holdings recognised that improving education in South Africa is a key concern. We are deeply invested in providing education solutions that will shape the future leaders of our country and build for a better tomorrow.

Grow Smart – 2017

Novus Holdings partnered with Growthpoint Properties for this year’s Storybook and Newspaper competition. These endeavours, supported by the Western Cape Education Department are aimed at improving primary school education levels.
We contributed R65, 990 in print sponsorship for the two competitions which are aimed at pupils in Grades 4 – 6.

Mobile Libraries – Phumelela Primary School – 2017

We donated seven mobile libraries to Phumelela Primary School situated in Kwa Mashu, Kwa ZuluNatal. These innovative mobile libraries can be wheeled from one classroom to another which makes it easily accessible to all learners. The learners at Phumelela Primary come from communities which do not have access to a library and it is shown that access to libraries improves learners’ performance and increases their chances of success.

Mandela Day 2016

To honour the exceptional life of the late Nelson Mandela who dedicated 67 years to changing the lives of all South Africans, on Monday 18 July we volunteered 67-minutes of our time to the Marconi Beam Primary School.
Established in 2004, Marconi Beam Primary is currently responsible for the education of 1 568 learners, most of whom are from the Joe Slovo informal settlement. Situated less than a kilometre away from our Montague Gardens offices and facilities, our involvement was focused on contributing the following:

• Painting classrooms and an existing jungle gym
• Cleaning the school grounds by removing litter and rubble, thus ensuring that their break-time areas were safe and clean
• Installing a new jungle gym
• Providing the Grade R classes with educational essentials such as filled pencil cases, magazines and paper reel ends that can be used for child development in creativity and expression.
• Donating sporting equipment for the learners, such as soccer balls and bibs for two teams, netball bibs, poles with nets and balls for two teams,
• Training cones and whistles for physical education activities.

This corporate sponsorship directly aligns with our Future Foundations Initiative, which aims to build strong foundations for future growth by focusing on improving education and empowering learners, developing the skills of our local workforce and engaging with our immediate community.

Contact:

E.A. Plaatjies-resha
021 555 1764

Do and Learn – 2016

We assisted the Do and Learn program, at Belhar Primary School, by supplying learning materials. We made a financial aid contribution to the value of R 21,700, which allowed the school to buy a total of 210 books, 140 flashcards and 70 A3 clear bags.
This program’s main objective is to offer learners the chance to improve their literacy skills, focusing especially on Grade R students, and the result of the sponsorship meant that at the end of the year there was a significant difference in the learners’ language results.
The school was one of ten schools randomly selected by the Metropole North Education District for Literacy Pre- and Post-Testing. At both the Pre- and Post-testing the selected learners were unanimously praised for their literacy abilities. This testing was done by an independent company and was sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Contact:

Do and Learn Office
021 975 1722

Knysna Rotary – Sivuyele School for the Deaf – 2016

Water access is vital for students’ health and their ability to learn, and so when heard that Sivuyele School for the Deaf had no water supply, we felt we had to assist with financial aid to remedy this situation in order to ensure that the school had all the running water it needed.

Contact:

AndileTafeni
083 513 8411.

NorthWay Primary School – 2016

Northway Primary School is situated in Ravensmead, in the Western Cape. The school specialises in Maths, Science and Technology.
When the school mentioned that they required financial aid for their arts and culture projects and to assist learners with job shadowing opportunities, all projects that directly align to our belief of giving a hand-up and not a handout, we decided to pitch in and donate a much needed R5 000.

Contact:

D.A Ockhuis
021 931 3307

1000 Libraries Campaign – 2015

Launched in 2015 by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, the 1000 Libraries Campaign opened a new library at Uvuyo Primary School in Mofolo North in Soweto. In line with our ethos that education is fundamental to the growth and development of both individuals and South Africa as a whole, the Future Foundations Initiative donated R6, 700 towards the library that year. Last year, to coincide with Mandela Month, we donated a further R6, 700 towards the library.
In 2016 we also we donated R6700 four other schools to go towards their libraries. The schools were Iphahamiseng Primary School in Gauteng, Vredefort Primary School in the Free State, Laerskool Malelane in Mpumalanga, and Rampine Primary School in the North West Province.

The Emagqabini Academy – 2015

Founded by husband and wife team Cindy Mkaza and Linda Siboto, the Emagqabini Education Academy was established to provide support for children struggling with homework. It was started because of one of the founders’ personal experience within our education system – Cindy watched her younger sister receive poor marks at school because of the lack of assistance with her homework.
The Academy offers basic Maths and English classes every Saturday at the Site B library in Khayelitsha, in the Western Cape, for grade 8-10 learners. The tutors, many of whom are teachers and other community members, all volunteer to provide these extra classes.
The support provided by the Future Foundations Initiative began in 2014 when we donated two laptops, a projector and basic stationary for the learners. A further donation was also made to contribute towards providing an internet connection and transport both for tutors and pupils
Our continued support in its second year meant that the Emagqabini Education Academy could enroll 60 students who were provided with branded clothing for learners and tutors, as well as notes and workbooks printed by Novus Holdings. Following a feature in our internal newspaper, People Inc, one of our own employees, LukhanyoGunundu, offered his services as a Maths tutor.

Contact:

Cindy Mkaza-Siboto: cindy@emagqabini-edu.org
Linda Siboto: l.siboto@gmail.com
Tel: 0218236981

94+ Schools Project – 2012

The 94+ Schools Project for Madiba began as a celebration of our former president, Nelson Mandela, to honour his legacy and to pay tribute to his views on education:
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
By providing financial aid that is aimed at improving the infrastructure of more than 94 schools across South Africa, this project gives hope and dignity to the learners attending these schools.
As one of our CSI projects, Novus Holdings chose Clarkebury Senior Secondary School because of its association with the projects inspiration, Madiba.
Clarkebury Senior Secondary School – Boasting Nelson Mandela as a former student, it seemed only fitting that Clarkeburyis on the list of education institutions to receive corporate sponsorship from the Future Foundations Initiative. The Eastern Cape school, near Ngcobo, first received assistance from the Foundations Initiative in 2012 when a multi-purpose sports court was erected. Despite challenges such as the excavation of 470 tons of rock and lack of tarred roads which hampered access at times, the project was a huge success.
At the official handover ceremony which was held in conjunction with the Department of Education and attended by the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, sporting equipment including bibs, soccer balls, whistles and basketballs were also given to the school.
Learners from the school and the community as a whole have benefited from this facility, and the school’s pass rate increased from 74.6% in 2012 to 85.9% in 2013.