Our Supporters

A resounding thank you to all our friends, donors, supporters and stakeholders for their dedicated support - what a delight it is for us to be the recipients and stewards of your generosity! We’d like to highlight and acknowledge the following specific donors:

We are very excited to be working with Standard Bank this year (2017), as we launch their Standard Bank Teacher Development Programme. The purpose of the programme is to boost teacher effectiveness by forming vibrant Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) of Foundation and Intermediate Phase teachers at rural primary schools in Mpumalanga – with a special focus on improving numeracy, literacy, and pedagogy.

We remain deeply thankful for the presence of Lombard Insurance, in particular to Miles Japhet, Johnny Symmonds, James Orford, Matthew Lawson, Louise Bosman, Cobus Kleynhans, Hannes Bellingan and their very special CSI team.Thank you again for providing the essential portion of Outreach’s general operating costs – you continue to be Outreach’s bedrock!

Grateful thanks go to Rand Merchant Bank, through Tshikululu Social Investments, for supporting our systemic alignment strategy in the Insikazi School Circuit. Thanks especially to Phillip Methula, Janet Watts and Adam Boros at Tshikululu, and to Yvette Nowell at RMB for providing the platform for our circuit-level activities.

Special thanks go to the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund for their pivotal support of our School Leaders for Excellence Programme for 25 school leaders.AACF, Deepa Patel, Phillip Methula and Tsepo Senoamali at Tshikululu have closely shepherded this quality schools programme. This holistic professional development programme for in-service school leaders demonstrates the power of working with adults to unleash their talents within the realm of a supportive Professional Learning Community. The programme is underpinned by practical academic knowledge from the University of Johannesburg. Thanks to Professors Pierre du Plessis and Raj Mestry for their expertise, energy and practical academic input.

A hearty thank you goes to The Momentum Fund, MMI Holdings and Emmanuel Mahlangu for their support of Uplands Outreach’s systemic alignment activities in the Insikazi School Circuit in Mpumalanga, which include school leader, educator and learner interventions in our partner schools. We are delighted to be in partnership with you, and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.

We are thrilled to thank the exceptional PPE Technologies for their new support this year. It’s been a pleasure getting to know Mitch McAllister and Lynne Littledike this year, and we are very grateful for their thoughtful support of our Insikazi programmes. Our school leadership and SMILE programmes continue to be strengthened immeasurably by your support.

Thank you to Sasol Kingsview and the inspiring Gwala Family for your proactive support this year. We are so pleased to be in partnership with you, and wish to thank you for your many contributions to Outreach.

Sincere thanks to the Chuma Foundation and Teboho Mahuma for supporting our teacher and learner programmes over the years. We remain grateful for your insight, guidance, and investment in our success– your investment continues to pay dividends.

A big smile and a grateful heart always go to the Makro Educational Trust, Makro Nelspruit, and Builder’s Warehouse – especially Gwen Beck at MassMart. Maqamela Primary School is literally being transformed by your presence over the years. Thank you for blessing us over the years.

Special thanks to the Nando’s team, especially Papa Baiden and Sam Hirst for their contributions to our digital literacy programme. Grateful thanks to Postnet White River and the Tilly family for their ongoing support.

The SMILE conversation literacy programme has never been in better shape, thanks to the Warrener Family, the Dugga Boys, Singular Systems, and PPE Technologies. SMILE would also like to thank Makro Nelspruit and the Makro Employee Social Responsibility and Education Trust, Life-Form Taxidermy, Caltex Mpumalanga, Swaziland Plantations, Cathy Prettejohn Fine Art and Photography, Tallorders Transport, Eco-Training, Swiss Gourmet, Sage Foods, Pull Scar Timber, Postnet White River, Performing Arts Centre, Lyttle Irving, Misty Mountain, Fourie Investments, Katrinasrust Trout Farm, Mink Hair, Lochaber Farm, Oliver’s Restaurant and Lodge, Eyecare Boutique at Casterbridge, Serenite Beauty Salon, Lombard Insurance, Singular Systems, the Warrener Family, the Dugga Boys, and the loyal friends and family of Dan Peoples.

We work with many dedicated officials in Mpumalanga’s Department of Basic Education, and we thank them for partnering with us in our joint endeavours. In particular, we would like to thank Mandrew Nyambi, the Insikazi Circuit Manager, for his insights and sage advice. Thank you to all the over-worked and under-appreciated Principals, Deputies, and Educators at our partner schools.

We deeply value the ongoing contributions from the Carl & Emily Fuchs Foundation over many years - thank you for believing in our vision and mission over the past decade. Warm thanks also go to Gill Fenwick, the Siyakhula Trust, and the Siyakhula Trust ETD Institute Pty Ltd for their advice and support. Thanks to the Transnet Foundation, especially Theresa Viv Moila for their ongoing relationship with Uplands. Glowing thanks to other donors who work to make our lives easier, such as Produkta Nissan, Nashua Lowveld, MySchool/Woolworths, and The Answer Series. We could not undertake the work we do without your support, so thank you! We appreciate all our donors and partners including the Uplands community who help us, in both large and small ways, to achieve our mission of “raising achievement for all” in Mpumalanga. We are so grateful!

Thank you also to Pat Brink, Vangi Gwala, Werner Drury, and Lindsay Rogerson for your pro-bono time and advice. Thanks to Leanne Gitlin for her creative brilliance, and for designing our terrific infographics. Our thanks also to Fundza, Cover2Cover Publishing, Angela Briggs, Rachel Smith-Bingham, Alexander Smith-Bingham, and Jayne Bauling for their combined generosity. There are also several anonymous donations that have arrived this year, and we would like to sincerely thank these Uplands families for their wonderful support. Thank you for your trust, and for your selfless support of our educational programmes.

Last but certainly not least, Uplands Outreach would like to thank the Uplands Prep and College staff for their support, along with the members of our Executive Committee – Miles Japhet, Gary Sim, Mandrew Nyambi, and Nadia Lambrechts – for their time, experience, humour, and advice.

For more information about supporting our exciting programmes, please contact: Nicky de Bruyn, Director of Uplands Outreach, on 013 751 5057 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..