The provision of bursaries to high-potential students, support to early childhood development educators and school visits to the Apartheid Museum form an important part of Tsogo Sun’s commitment to education, which has strengthened during the year in response to the need for quality education to be provided throughout the country, but particularly in impoverished areas.
Tsogo Sun delivers effective peer-driven youth development in partnership with Columba Youth Leadership.
The programme instils a sense of purpose, determination and 21st century problem-solving skills in participating students at high schools situated in economically disadvantaged communities with the aim of assisting them to become work ready and employable in today’s world.
By leveraging our group’s resources, experience and geographic presence through the Tsogo Sun Volunteers programme, which mobilises our workforce to contribute to the many causes that we support, Tsogo Sun helps to improve social, economic and environmental conditions at grass roots level through participation in diverse projects that range from child welfare to clean-ups within our local communities.
Tsogo Sun supports 242 businesses through the Tsogo Sun Entrepreneurs programme, which provides business mentorship, leadership coaching, University of Cape Town-accredited business courses and various other benefits to the beneficiaries to help them build sustainable enterprises. The programme connects to Tsogo Sun’s supply chain, creating a pipeline of promising suppliers to the group. The Tsogo Sun Entrepreneur of the Year for 2017 – 2018 is Hezron Louw, co-owner of Sumting Fresh, a gourmet street food company with a mobile ‘bustaurant’ and a restaurant in Norwood, Gauteng.
Through Tsogo Sun Environment, thousands of school children have been educated on environmental responsibility and the green economy, more than 1 550 trees have been planted and hundreds of environmental youth ambassadors are enabled to travel to all corners of South Africa, delivering the message for a sustainable future. A continuing focus is the ‘Waste Stops With Me’ campaign which involves beach, park, school and inner city clean-ups with the Tsogo Sun Volunteers.
The Moves For Life chess programme funded by Tsogo Sun operates nationally in 49 schools and reaches more than 18 000 participating learners who attend weekly chess classes during school hours.
Aspects of the game of chess are linked with mathematics, science and life skills concepts that unlock the cognitive potential of learners in the school foundation phase.
The Safe-Hub programme, which is sponsored by Tsogo Sun in areas around South Africa and run by AMANDLA EduFootball, provides children from grade R to matric with access to a safe environment for facilitated sports, arts, life skills lessons, and personal development.