Beyers Naude Schools Development Programme

In 2004 Kagiso Trust implemented its pilot of the Beyers Naude Schools Development Programme (BNSDP) in the Vhembe district in Limpopo. In 2007 the program was extended to 10 schools in the Free State’s Thabo Mofutsanyana district in partnership with the Free State Department of Education.

In 2013, Kagiso Trust was able to upscale the model with the partnership between Kagiso Trust and the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (CRF) to form the Kagiso Shanduka Trust (KST). KST began to implement the DWSDP, in partnership with the Free State Department of Education, in 247 schools in the Fezile Dabi and Motheo districts.

By 2011 the programme grew from 10 schools to 166 in 2016. This was the year that the BNSDP programme was finally consolidated and we exited the Thabo Mofutsanyana district. However, the district still continues to perform well academically, with the main outcome of the programme that of sustainability as a true programme measurement.

The fact that the district continues to perform well academically after our direct involvement ceased is testament to the sustainability of the DWSDP model.

In 2016, Kagiso Trust partnered with the Limpopo Department of Education to implement the DWSDP in the Sekhukhune District. We look forward to similar successes as those achieved with the Free State Department of Education.


The Eric Molobi Scholarship Programme (EMSP) launched the Kagiso Trust Alumni Programme during its 10th Anniversary celebration in 2017. The Alumni Programme seeks to connect previous EMSP/Kagiso Trust Bursary beneficiaries with current recipients. We want to inculcate the spirit of ploughing back and paying it forward. Alumni can give back through various ways, from mentorship to employment.

The EMSP was established in 2007 for learners from the rural and/or disadvantaged schools affiliated with the Trust’s Beyers Naude Schools Development Programme. We looked at fields of study and work that lacked the participation of young black professionals in the market, and these opportunities were found within the engineering and commerce sectors.

Partnership with Kagiso Shanduka Trust

In 2017 the FirstRand Foundation joined the partnership with a R100 million contribution towards teacher training. A new and important inclusion in the 2018 DWSDP was that of ICT (Information, Communications Technology) into the syllabus. This will ensure that both teachers and learners are well prepared for the challenges presented by a society embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution.