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Kay Mason Foundation South Africa Trust Scholar Celebration 2016

On 9 April, the Kay Mason Foundation hosted their annual Scholar Celebration event at Livingston High School in Claremont. The aim of these celebrations is to reward those KMF kids who really worked hard during the previous year; working hard not only academically, but to really develop themselves as a well-balanced person.


KMF scholars have to achieve academically, participate in as many sport- and extra-mural activities according to their talents and have to do a minimum of 20 hours community work at an NGO of their choice to learn the principle of giving back.

Achievements during 2015, celebrated on 9 April really made us look once again at the amazing quality of young people this country has to offer. Please allow us to share some of the highlights of the morning:

The event was opened by the KMF Chair, Ms Sue van der Merwe, former MP and Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. Ms van der Merwe marvelled at how the correct type of support can affect the development of promising young individuals who can one day take leadership positions in our country.


Together with Ms Noëline de Goede, CEO of the KMF, Jessi Africa, as most senior KMF Scholar present, handed over certificates of achievement to KMF scholars in acknowledgement of their perseverance and hard work during 2015.

Our scholars also excelled in other areas, such as culture, sport and leadership. We are extremely proud of Siphosethu Fanti that has been elected as a prefect at Camps Bay High School for 2016. Ziev Kazanski was awarded the Junior Victor Ludorum at Camps Bay High and received an award for involvement in all spheres of culture at the school.

Apart from a number of sport and cultural achievements for the most notable academic achievers were:

Sipho Fanti, Camps Bay High Grade 11 3 subjects 80% and above
Ziev Kazanski, Camps Bay High Grade 10 7 subjects 80% and above
Lance Jones, South Peninsula High Grade 9 2 subjects above 80%
Laycon Lewis, Rhenish Girls High Grade 11 2 subjects 80% and above
Emashay Liebenberg, Plumstead Grade 8 3 subjects above 80%
Logan Oppelt, South Peninsula Grade 9 8 subjects 80% and above, 1 subject 100%
Aisha Fisher, Claremont High Grade 8 6 subjects 80% and above
Anathi Ntilashe, Cedar House Grade 8 2 B’s, 2 B+, 2 A+, 1 AA+
Jessie Africa, Rhenish Girls High Grade 12 6 subjects above 90%; 1 subject above 80%

Top achievers were awarded Table Mountain Cableway tickets sponsored by the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Co, while Jessi Africa were awarded a Corporate Stationery Gift Pack, generously sponsored by Masthead (Pty) Ltd in Mowbray and an Android Tablet sponsored by the Taj Cape Town (see Jessi’s own note of thanks to these sponsors at the bottom of this report).

A final and special mention goes to Jessi Africa, our only scholar in Grade 12 during 2015. Jessi personifies what the KMF stands for:

A well-rounded individual whose leadership skills, personal aptitude and perseverance has made her a force to be reconed with.

We look forward with great expectation to learn how Jessi will shape her future.

Thank you

A special note of gratitude goes to:

  • Ms Anél Jordaan and Shoprite/Checkers who sponsored most of the catering of the day;
  • Ms Lisa Paterson and the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway Co (Pty) Ltd for the 8 cableway tickets to top performing KMF scholars;
  • Ms Deidré Vorster and Masthead (Pty) Ltd for the beautiful corporate gift pack for Jessi;
  • Ms Laurika Adendorff and the Taj Cape Town for the tablet gift to Jessi; and
  • All the Scholar-, Corporate- and individual sponsors and supporters of the KMF scholars without whom this event would not have been the success that it was.

Generous supporters of the KMF Scholar Celebration ceremony:


KMF SA Trust’s April 2013 Scholar workshop a huge success

The KMF hosted its first Scholar and parent workshop for 2013 on 20 April 2013 at Livingstone High School. Thank you very much to Livingstone High School for providing the school to us as a venue. The event was attended by the KMF Scholars, their parent and families, KMF Trustees, teachers and principals from our supporting schools, supporters and donors, as well as the KMF personnel and volunteers.

The event was kicked off with a boerewors and salad picnic. Thank you very much to Mr Mark Holder of Spar Cape Town Central for donating 250 hotdog rolls for our event and to Meat Hyper who provided the sausage to us at a special price. We also want to thank Kamilla Davids, one of our parents, who prepared all the sausage rolls, as well as all our parents who donated salads, cold drinks and other eats for our event- this was truly a team effort.
A big highlight of the event was the presence of the founder, Mr Richard Mason, and his family, mother Jane Mason, father Tony Mason and sister Jenny Mason.

During the event 23 of the KMF Scholars and 2012 Alumni received certificates recognising their achievements of 2012. These ranged from outstanding academic achievements, to soccer, dance and music. Jessi Africa received the certificate as the academic superstar of 2012 as she attained more than 90% for 11 out of 12 subjects at the end of Grade 9. Lisa Joy Africa, Jessi’s sister, received the award for best academic achiever for a matric pupil as she attained above 80% for 3 subjects and above 90% for 2 subjects for the final matric exam. We are truly proud of all our scholars and look forward to the next certificate award event early in 2013. Two of our scholars showcased their musical talents. Avile Bayibhale performed a lovely piece on the violin and Kirsten Harris entertained the audience with the saxophone.

Also, we sadly said goodbye to our former Boarding House carers who have worked for the KMF since 2010. The KMF Boarding house was closed in December 2012 due to a diminished need for such a service and due to the high cost of running it. Nomvuyo Calana and Tobeka Pani have been excellent “mothers” to the KMF scholars and they will be dearly missed.

The biggest highlight of the event was the first public announcement of our planned Generation 2018 Campaign whereby the current generation of KMF Scholars will ensure a future for the next generation. This campaign will be run by KMF Scholars and Alumnae, and together we will work towards a brighter future for many more scholars to follow in their footsteps. We aim to raise R25,000,000 with this campaign and look forward to updating you on developments regarding this very exciting campaign within the upcoming weeks.

Should you wish to receive any further information about the KMF, please contact Noëline de Goede at 021-426 4516 or e-mail info@kmf.org.za

Dedicated volunteers assists greatly with the success of the KMF

As per the dictionary a volunteer is “a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking” and “a person who performs a service willingly and without pay”.

Although the dictionary is a hundred percent correct it however does not state that a volunteer is an extraordinary and very special person. Yes, every person who decides to volunteer has a different reason for why they want to do so, but every volunteer still gives of their time, skills and effort free of charge to assist someone or something else.

Here at the Kay Mason Foundation we are extremely grateful for the wonderful volunteers, who so magnanimously give their time and themselves to assist our organisation and the KMF Scholars. We have a very small staff compliment (2) and as in most Non Profit Organisations there are a million things to be done on a daily basis, normally too much for two pairs of hands and as such we truly appreciate our volunteers who play an integral part of our operations.

Let’s introduce you to our dream team of volunteers:

John Trahan

John joined our team in January 2013 from the United States of America. He previously worked in banking in New York city and then completed a course in teaching English as a foreign language at Columbia University. Wanting to broaden his experience as a teacher and world citizen he generously agreed to avail his services as an English tutor to the KMF Scholars for at least 6 months. He now not only tutors our Junior and Senior scholars in English, but also manage all the additional tutoring for scholars as our Education Co-ordinator. He is an absolute superstar and already an integral part of our team.

Anna-Carina Dummann and Kaja Pack

We cannot write about one of these two ladies without writing about the other at the same time. They are always together and make the most energetic team we have had in a long time. Tackling the bull by the horns seems to be their way of life and they truly go full-out to achieve their daily goals. Both Anna and Kaja are from Germany and have matriculated in 2012. For such young volunteers they are very mature and reliable and show a work ethic not easily equalled by their peers. These two ladies have not said no to any challenge and they are giving three months of their time to our organisation, making a huge difference in the lives of our scholars.

Jane Smith

Jane Smith has recently joined our team of volunteers as a maths tutor for our Grade 11 scholars. She did three sessions of maths tutoring for the KMF in 2012 and the scholars who received tutoring from her were so impressed that she came first to mind when we started looking for maths tutors in 2013. Jane is brilliant in maths, but she also has a very special way of working with people. She is not only a role model but also a mother figure. The scholars love how she treats them with respect, show interest in them and truly care about how they are achieving at school. Jane is a pillar of strength to our Grade 11’s and she helps them to believe that they can achieve and can succeed. Not every person can achieve such a change in another individual, which makes Jane very remarkable. Thank you so very much for joining our team and for driving so far (from Kalkbay to Cape Town) to come and teach our scholars. We greatly value your time, effort and skills.

Corinne Greyling

Corinne is a professor in the Department of Science and Technology at the Cape Peninsual University of Technology. Corinne has a passion for science and wants to ensure that young people also become passionate about this subject, especially if they can learn how science is applied in everyday life and how very interesting it is. During our first discussion with Corinne she taught us about animal mimicry, where clothes are for instance being developed based on the technology that was learned from sharks and how these clothes can remain dry despite being put in liquids just like the skin of a shark.

We are very privileged to have her tutor our Junior and Senior Scholars creating a love for and an interest in science and inspiring them to take science as a subject up to matric level and even after school. We are sure that the KMF will deliver some great scientist in the years to come, all due to passion from this amazing person. Thank you very much for sharing your passion with us Corinne and in doing so, changing the lives of our scholars positively.
So there you have it, an amazing list of people who are achieving so much by giving themselves, their skills and their time.

The KMF would like to invite any person who wishes to volunteer to contact us. We have a special place for everyone and as you could see from this article our volunteers are making a meaningful impact. We would specifically also appreciate if there is a person who is computer savvy and knows a lot about social media and who has a few hours to spare every week or every second week.

Should you wish to receive any further information about the KMF, please contact Noëline de Goede at 021 917 1853 or e-mail info@kmf.org.za