Special Projects


As part of our 30th celebrations we honoured the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, by launching the “Odes to Arch” campaign. This campaign asked South Africans to share their thoughts about the Arch and how he has inspired their lives by sending their views through our social media and website platforms. We collected these insights in a beautifully designed and specially published book that was presented to the Arch.

Education Conversations

The Education Conversations, hosted in partnership with the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ’s) Faculty of Education, were established in 2012 as a platform for education stakeholders and society at large, to engage on issues critical to education reform.

Each year we host and facilitate dialogue sessions to discuss the state of our education system and unpack sustainable solutions to improve it. Working together with University of Johannesburg, the outcomes of the dialogue sessions are submitted to the Department of Basic Education for consideration.

Beyers Naudé Memorial Lecture Series

Kagiso Trust patron, the late Dr. Beyers Naudé, possessed a life and identity embedded in the values of reconciliation, sacrifice, integrity and true humanity. He continues to be a moral compass for Kagiso Trust.

As South Africa grapples with racial reconciliation, social justice and courageous leadership, the Beyers Naudé Memorial Lecture Series provides a platform that encourages these difficult conversations, to seek out solutions for the betterment of society.

Pearls of Wisdom

In partnership with the Sunday Times – Business Times, we published a 12-month editorial column where leaders across corporate, civil and public shared their own pearls of wisdom that they have collected during their years of experience. Columnists featured included:

  • Reverend Frank Chikane – Kagiso Trustee
  • Cyril Ramphosa – President of the Republic of South Africa
  • Dean Zwo Nevhutalu – Kagiso Trustee
  • Dali Tambo – CEO of the Carnival Company
  • Advocate Thuli Madonsela – Public Protector
  • Adv. Mohamed Shafie Ameermia – South African Human Rights Commission
  • Geoffrey Qhena – CEO of the Industrial Development Cooperation
  • Tate Makgoe – Free State MEC
  • Philisiwe Mthethwa – CEO of the National Empowerment Fund
  • Johan Burger – CEO of FirstRand
  • Mankodi Moitse – CEO of Kagiso Trust
  • Mohlolo Selala – Kagiso Trust ESD Business Support and Fund Manager