• In this email you can read about:
  • 10 Anniversary in South Africa for the KMF!
  • KMF's new CEO
  • Natasha's Farewell
  • The new KMF Alumni Committee
  • Recent scholar achievements
  • Update on KMF's monthly activities

KMF Mid-Year Newsletter

New CEO of the Kay Mason Foundation


As of July 2012, the Kay Mason Foundation has appointed a new CEO, Noëline De Goede. Noëline has spent 14 years in the Non Profit and Development sector in South Africa and grew up in the Overberg region. She studied at Stellenbosch University and graduated with a degree in Social Work. Noëline has also completed the Management Advancement Program course at WITS Business School. We are very excited to have her on board and hope you are too. Below you will find her personal message.

"I am honoured to be appointed as the CEO of the Kay Mason Foundation South Africa and am looking forward to working with everyone involved in this amazing organisation. I have a passion for people, animals, empowerment, development and the non-profit sector and have focused on these throughout my career.  I am eager to share my knowledge, skills and passion through my work at the KMF and believe that anything is possible with a shared vision and commitment."  

Goodbye for now...

Over the past two years, Natasha has shown great commitment to the KMF. We are very sad to see her go, but wish her all the best as she starts a Masters in London at the School of Oriental and African Studies. Below you will find her personal message:

"I cannot express how much I have gained from my time at the Kay Mason Foundation and partner project Lulutho. I have met and worked with incredible people, and experienced first-hand the amazing things young people can do when given the right opportunities. 
Though returning to the UK to further my studies and spend time with my family, I shall remain a KMF/Lulutho Ambassador and continue to support both organisations where I can.

I have no doubt that the KMF will continue to flourish under the stewardship of Noëline and with the brilliant KMF team supporting her. 
I want to thank each and every member of the KMF family; scholars, families, alumni, staff, trustees and partners, and Lulutho team, for giving me such a rich and rewarding time in South Africa. You have shown me that by upholding the principle of Ubuntu, and harnessing our individual skills and talents to work together, we can be the change we want to see." 

Recent Scholar Achievements 

Below are some of our scholars recent achievements these past two terms. Check them out!

Ismail Latief, Gr 12, Camps Bay High
UCT Maths Competition winner 
Yonelani Lupuwana, Gr 12, Livingstone High
Deloitte bursary recipient for UCT tertiary study
Faakirah Basadien, Gr 10, Camps Bay High
1st team selection for basketball and cheerleading
Candice Sisilana, Gr 12, Milnerton High
Matric Portfolio Director- charity fundraiser organiser
Home of Hope volunteer
Maths tutor for Grade 8s and 9s

Asongezwa Sitwebile, Gr 11, Camps Bay High
Top Ten 82% average 
Marimba Band performance for Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Student librarian 
Duncan Johnson, Gr.12, South Peninsula High
Grahamstown Jazz Festival performer 
Imraan Adam, Gr. 12, Livingstone High
English Olympiad- piece, "When Urban meets rural"
Jessi Africa, Gr. 9, Rhenish High
UCT Maths Competition
Pretoria Choir tour
Kirsten Harris, Gr, 10, Livingstone High
High School Jam Competitor 
Lisa Africa, Gr 12, Rhenish High
Learner Leadership Council Director 
Nonzwakazi Mgxaji, Gr 12, Immaculata High
Leadership Camp and 80% average in mid-year exams 

Michael Kroutz, Gr 12, Camps Bay High 
Highest wicket taker of cricket season
Yaseen Omar, Gr 10, Westerford High 
Elected Class and Grade Representative

Danica Haarhof, Gr 10, Camps Bay High
Top Academic Achiever Award

To learn more about our scholars, read their personal reports Here!

Lulutho Update- KMF's Eastern Cape partner project

This month, Lulutho collaborated with two partner NGOs: Schools Education and Development (SEED) and Realistic, to bring benefit to local communities. The first was a follow up workshop with SEED to build upon local teachers existing Permaculture skills and help them develop outdoor classrooms in their schools. Further workshops in these schools will be held over the coming months. On Monday the 16th, Realistic, based in Gugulethu, Western Cape, started their camp for youth-at-risk, to rehabilitate 50 teenagers involved in crime and substance abuse and empower them to lead a better life. This initiative has drawn together youth-at-risk from the local Mthwaku region, Duncan Village in East London, Steynsberg and Cape Town and is a collaboration between Realistic, Lulutho, LEAP schools, Letsema Circle and the Kay Mason Foundation. The camp has attracted local media (see Daily Dispatch article) and will run till the 6th of August. 

Upcoming Events!

On July 28th the KMF is hosting its mid-year workshop at Camps Bay High for scholars, parents/guardians and Enrichment scholars. We will be introducing our new CEO Noëline De Goede and Head of Development, Natasha Dyer will be saying her goodbyes before she leaves for the UK. A team from BoE Private Clients will be talking to students about careers in the private banking sector and we will be launching our KMF "Plotting your Next Steps" Higher Education Handbook, designed to help scholars with the transition to tertiary study and the professional world. The KMF Alumni committee will be introducing the KMFAlumni Network, presenting what opportunities the network will offer scholars post-Matric and how they can play a role at the KMF and in supporting younger scholars. A fun and interactive day for all! 

Kay Mason Foundation's 10- Year Anniversary 

It's hard to believe that the Kay Mason Foundation has been around for a decade. In 1999 best-selling author Richard Mason gave 4 students the opportunity of a lifetime; a first class education in South Africa. Inspired by their achievements, he registered the Kay Mason Foundation (KMF) as a non-profit organisation in 2002, in order to extend the opportunity to other underprivileged youth. Today, the KMF has supported over 150 young people to fulfill their potential. Following the wisdom of our Patron Archbishop Desomond M. Tutu, we continue to give a "hand up, not a hand out". The current 47 KMF scholars are well on their way to graduating from their respective high schools and going onto tertiary education or exciting careers. The KMF team, and Richard Mason, could not be more proud of their achievements, their commitment to giving back to their communities and their demonstration of leadership in building a better South Africa. 
We would like to thank you, our valued donors and supporters, for making our scholars' dreams possible. Your help has directly given previously disadvantaged young people the chance of a better life. We hope for your continued support as we aim to help more young South Africans become the leaders of tomorrow.  
To support us in our mission, click HERE

Alumni become Up2Us facilitators 

On the 26th of June, KMF Alumni attended an Up2Us workshop hosted by Shikaya, in order to become facilitators of the interactive programme for KMF scholars and other young South Africans. The workshop is designed to help young people discover how to become active citizens, upstanders and positive role models for social change. The day sparked interesting and thoughtful debate and alumni are excited to host their first Up2Us workshop for KMF scholars very soon!

Transforming Minds and Futures Programme 

At the start of July, selected KMF scholars started the Transforming Minds and Futures programme. Participating scholars are learning about themselves and how to better approach work and life through prioritisation, effective time management and proactive behaviour. The workshop has also allowed our scholars to explore their more creative side and map out their goals for the future. The programme runs until September.

Mandela Day at Orphanage

On the 18th July of this month, official Mandela Day, our scholars volunteered with PEO Grooming Leaders to renovate Priscilla’s Orphanage in KTC (between Gugulethu and Nyanga). PEO, an NPO established by a KMF alumna, Matapelo Kombora, and KMF scholars cleaned the walls, windows and floors, painted child friendly art on the walls, and ran fun activities with the kids. They also donated toys, blankets and toiletries for the children. Priscilla’s Orphanage is home to 14 orphans aged 5 to19 years old, looked after by an elderly lady named Priscilla. PEO and KMF scholars plan to continue their relationship with Priscilla’s Orphanage and visit them on a regular basis.

KMF Alumni Committee

This Saturday, KMF Alumni are introducng scholars to the Alumni Network, which they will automatically become members of on graduating from high school. The Network's immediate goals are to:
  • elect a committee to run the network
  • ensure former KMF scholars stay connected
  • support each other at varsity and in their search for career opportunities
  • create a stronger connection with current KMF scholars to give them the tutoring, motivation and emotional support they need to succeed
  • run community outreach programmes for KMF scholars 
  • establish how the Alumni network can give back to the KMF, both to the organisation and its scholars and in the process gain valuable skills and work experience   
More updates on the KMF Alumni Network will arrive soon.

Natasha Conquers the Sea!

On the 19th of July, Natasha Dyer of the KMF completed her 7.5 Km crossing from Robben Island to mainland Cape Town (Blouberg). This was her second attempt at the swim and we congratulate her on finally conquering the sea. On her last attempt, she raised funds for the KMF. We thank those that supported her back then. Now that she has finally completed the crossing we hope that you can help us congratulate her further by donating to the KMF to help support the future leaders of South Africa through quality education. To see her in the local Tyger Burger newspaper click here!

Copyright © 2012 Kay Mason Foundation, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
Kay Mason Foundation
Apartment 401, De Oude Schuur,
120 Bree Street,
Cape Town, Western Cape 8001
South Africa

Add us to your address book
Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp