Beyers Naudé Schools Development Programme

Kagiso Trust established the Beyers Naudé Schools Development Programme (BNSDP) in response to the longstanding and deeply rooted challenges that face our national education system. The programme aims to restore a culture of learning and teaching in schools, while developing functional and sustainable relationships between key stakeholders within the school community. The BNSDP has developed a funding model based on the principle of co-funding with Provincial Departments of Education and private sector partners.

Through the BNSDP, Kagiso Trust currently supports 67 primary and high schools in Qwa Qwa in the Free State, with a plan to upscale the programme into 400 schools over the next five years in the Fezile Dabi district and in Botshabelo and Thaba Nchu in the Motheo district. This initiative is in partnership with the Shanduka Foundation and the Free State Department of Education. The matric results of the schools participating in the BNSDP in 2012 resulted in an average 81% pass rate by BNSDP Grade 12 learners, including 30% bachelor passes and 44% diploma passes.

Contact Information
  • Region: Gauteng
    Tel: 012 673 9100
    Fax: 012 657 0105
    Address: 1 Samrand Ave, Kosmosdal, Ext 11, Centurion
Kagiso Enterprises Rural Private Equity Fund

The Kagiso Enterprises Rural Private Equity Fund (KERPREF) was established in 2002 as a fund management entity to invest grants from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

As financial institutions are reluctant to take equity risk in rural enterprises and start-ups, KERPEF provides equity and commercial funding. Strict investment criteria apply and entrepreneurs are required to invest or raise at least 10% of the required funding. This financial risk ensures that their interests are aligned with those of the investors.

KERPREF has funded approximately six rural enterprises since its inception, but has evaluated more than 100 proposals, with a number of key lessons being earned along the way. The approach is to commercialise rural businesses by identifying and mitigating risk factors and creating access to markets. It excludes businesses considered harmful to humanity i.e. liquor, tobacco, gambling, micro-lending, and armament.