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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.