“EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL WITH WHICH ONE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.”

Neslon Mandela

ABOUT THE

TAG FOUNDATION

The TAG Foundation started off as a small annual shindig for good friends, with an added bonus of raising money for people in need of a little help.

I am delighted to say that it has become a large fundraiser (still with good friends) supporting 24 boys and all their educational needs at one of South Africa’s most renowned and reputable schools, King Edward VII in Houghton (KES).

 

Our 24 TAG boys, as they are affectionately known are all individual characters that have grown up with their own challenges, they have however to a large degree overcome these and are all making the most out of their five year tenure at KES. Our first TAG Foundation graduate is now a third year student at NMMU and all things being equal should finish his undergraduate degree this year. All of these boys would otherwise not be in a position to attend such a fine school and afford their fees.

The TAG foundation is merely a conduit, the real heroes are our legendary supporters who year after year not only attend the function but also give most generously in order to ensure that we can meet our obligation in terms of the school and boarding fees. The other heroes are our generous suppliers who continue to give us unbelievable prizes that we are able to auction off in order to raise the necessary funds. We really are very lucky. None of what we do would be possible without their commitment and support to this very worthy cause.

 

It is a privilege to watch these young men grow up and we are proud that we are preparing these young men for life – to be successful, considerate and well-mannered young South African men.

What is most pleasing is seeing just what these boys can achieve academically given an opportunity that our friends and supporters have provided them with.

TAG FOUNDATION

FREGQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What defines TAG Foundation?

TAG Foundation is about providing opportunities to competent learners, from financially challenged backgrounds, who have the making of influential leaders.   It provides committed financial and social support to selected TAG Foundation recipients that brings latent leadership qualities to the fore to be nurtured, crafted and polished to perfection.

How are TAG Foundation recipients selected?

A good all round capability in academics, sport and culture is required, as well as a unique signature factor.   This factor may for instance be a humble desire to succeed, or an electric passion to reach extraordinary heights, or a tangible benevolence – these are the factors that may discern a TAG Foundation learner.

Why support TAG Foundation?

On average, three TAG Foundation learners can be accommodated at KES, for the same spend on one learner at South Africa’s leading private schools.  And for South Africa to be elevated in the eyes of the world, future leaders need to be propagated at school level.  TAG Foundation offers potential donors the opportunity to cut and polish a diamond from the rough and contribute to the future progress of our country.

The King Edward VII School Legacy

For the past century, KES has been lauded for producing influential leaders in all spheres of industry.  Celebrated sporting greats such as Gary Player, Graeme Smith, Dr Ali Bacher and Bryan Habana, as well as other industry trailblazers including Sir Donald Gordon, William Kentridge (2010 Kyoto Prize Winner), Justice Johann Kriegler, Justice Richard Goldstone, Sir Sydney Kentridge QC and Tony Bloom, to mention but a few, have walked the halls of the School.

 

It is with tremendous pride that the TAG Foundation is turning deemed impossibilities into reality for selected learners to be able to attend KES.  TAG identifies with, and fully endorses the School’s Mission Statement – “We will strive to nurture our pupils, to help them to develop to the best of their ability, and to guide their growing minds towards high ideals as they take charge of their own lives.”

How can TAG Foundation offer greater opportunity to more recipients to attend King Edward VII School?

The current loyal donor base of companies and individuals that support TAG Foundation is invaluable, but if the Foundation is to continue creating leaders from financially and socially challenged backgrounds, donor funding has to be exponentially increased.  Trusted fundraising interventions such as the annual social get-together, in the last quarter of each year, as well as auctions  and  raffles,  need  to  continue.    In  addition,  corporates  seeking  highly  relevant  CSI initiatives in the realm of education, can confidently contribute to and become involved in the TAG Foundation, whilst simultaneously enjoying tax benefits.

 

A regular corporate donor, Afrihost, a South African internet service provider, is proud to be associated with the TAG Foundation and the King Edward VII School, says Angus MacRobert from Afrihost.  “The TAG Foundation, and all those involved with the Foundation, must be commended on the huge role they are playing in educating young leaders of our country, as well as assisting KES to remain one of the leading schools in South Africa.  Afrihost looks forward to its continued support of both the TAG Foundation and King Edward VII School,” says MacRobert.

 

Other valuable individual donors who are avid supporters of the TAG Foundation, include Chris Gerber, Brett Sivewright, Tutty Faber and Mark Stevens.

TAG Foundation membership & management

Registered as a non-profit organisation (Reg no: 075-269-NPO), TAG Foundation adheres to a formal written constitution.  Anyone is able to apply for membership of the Foundation.  Every application is vetted by a management committee.   The board of trustees consists of Jonathan Gerber and Traci Gerber, all of whom conduct work on a gratis basis.

MEET THE TAG FOUNDATION

BOYS

AYANDA NHLAPO
BONTLE NDLOVU
BRYCE PARSONS
DIHAN DU TOIT
BANDILE SHAZI
KEEGAN JANSE VAN RENSBURG
KEEGAN REA
KIAN SCHWARTZ
LEBO SELAHLA
LEGGAE MOGAPI
MANGALISO NCUNCA
MICHAEL COPELAND
EULON REDCLIFFE
NICHOLAS EGGETT
OKAKENG MAILA