Inhlakanipho Trust

“Education is the most powerful weapon that you can use to change the world”
Nelson Mandela

The Inhlakanipho Education and Development Trust (“IEDT”) was founded and established in 2000 by the major shareholders of the Umbono Group to serve as an educational intervention for black South Africans from disadvantaged backgrounds. It currently owns 13% of Umbono Capital in South Africa, which is also the primary source of its funding. Since inception, the IEDT has made a significant difference in the lives of 31 high school level beneficiaries, and has supported disadvantaged schools in several projects.

The IEDT’s vision is to see new generations of South African leaders rise up to lead the country into its glorious full potential. The IEDT selects the most promising learners with high leadership potential and provides funding for high quality schooling, primarily at the secondary or high school level, together with a mentorship program and leadership development “camps”. The IEDT also supports educational programs for disadvantaged communities in South Africa, sometimes in rural areas.

In its work, the IEDT seeks to make a difference in the lives of a select group of South Africa’s future leaders, helping them to be prepared for the working world and solidly grounded through a good education and ethical business principles guided by a biblical Christian worldview.

The Trustees
The IEDT’s Trustees are:

Kerwin Rana
(Managing Director, Umbono Capital)

Dorian Wrigley
(Managing Director, Umbono Capital)

Phiway Mbuyazi
(Director, Umbono Capital)

Carol Mkize
(Pastor, His People WITS University Campus Ministry)

The IEDT currently reaches its beneficiary group in three ways:

A) targetted selection of black students from disadvantaged backgrounds with high potential for leadership to receive scholarships, mentorship and leadership development during the high school years;
B) partnership with schools in disadvantaged communities to improve educational levels. The IEDT pro-actively seeks to raise the educational standard to the benefit of disadvantaged communities that are associated with the mining and energy investments that the Umbono Group makes in South Africa;
C) ad hoc educational support initiatives such as selected university scholarship support and the like.