2019 Joy Opportunities

1. 2020 Capital Campaign

Focus on iThemba has strategically prioritised investing in education and this thinking has led to our journey of developing our trio of world-class Waterfall Schools on our iThemba Campus. Our 41-acre campus is a now complete educational hub housing Waterfall Schools; Pre-Primary, Preparatory, and College which offer affordable, personalised, IEB quality education where boys and girls can thrive. This exciting and unique vision is the greater sustainability arm for the future of Focus on iThemba.

January 2018 was a historic moment with the first intake of boys and girls in the Preparatory new Intermediate Phase block, spanning from Grade 4 to Grade 7, hence completing our feeder school from 12 months to Grade 12. Integral to this model is our iThemba Scholarship programme where ultimately 30 scholars will benefit from life-changing donor funded full scholarships to Waterfall Schools. There are currently 10 children in the programme from Grade 000 to Grade 5.

Our goal is to fundraise towards the final Capital costs and our immediate priority is the Waterfall College double-story classroom block comprising of eight classrooms at a cost of R8 400 000. Thanks to generous commitments from loyal donors we have been fortunate to commence with the construction towards the end of 2018.

Please contact us for a full funding proposal, we warmly welcome you to visit us for a personal campus tour.


2010       Waterfall College moved to the iThemba Campus to existing buildings

2016       Waterfall Pre-Primary opened in new premises

2017       Waterfall Prep Foundation Phase (Grade R to Grade 3) opened in new premises

2018       Waterfall Prep Intermediate Phase (Grade 4 to Grade 7) opened in new premises

2018       Launch of 2020 Campus Capital Campaign to fundraise for Waterfall Schools

2020       Aim to officially open new Waterfall College classroom block

2. ECD Teacher Training

“NELRU Training has played a big role in my Pre-School and it empowers us as individuals to improve the way we teach. In 10 years’ time, I see myself running a well-developed school in my community, where the children can speak fluently in English and isiZulu.” Mrs Mncube, Embo Child Educare Centre

The first 1000 days of life, from conception to age two opens a vast window of opportunity. During this stage a child’s brain can form 1000 neural connections every second. It is our mission to work with ten local Pre-Schools to ensure tomorrow’s generation gets the best start today. One of our core focus areas from a funding perspective is for teacher and principal training. For a 2019 funding proposal on how you or your company can partner with us to empower teachers and elevate the classroom experience for little ones please be in touch.

1. Teaching Training: 
NQF Level 4 Course (for 4 teachers): R15 000 each
Orientation Course (for 10 teachers): R6 500 each
Basic EduCare Course (for 10 teachers): R1 500 each
Baby, Toddler Storytelling course (for 3 teachers): R1 500 each
Transportation to training courses: R150 000 per annum
Business Management Training: R9 500 per annum
First Aid Level 1 Training: R9 500 per annum
Basic Fire Fighting Training: R8 000 per annum
2. Educational Kits:
Baby, toddler and pre-Grade R kit  R15 000 per annum
BrainBoosters Parent Kit x 10  R3 684 per kit
3. Outsourced Project Management:        R30 000 per annum


3. iThemba Scholarship Fund

The dynamic and unique iThemba Scholarship Programme offers scholarships for 100% tuition at Waterfall Schools to selected pupils from the Pre-Schools with which we partner. As of 2019 and through the support of forwarding-thinking donors, ten boys and girls have benefited from this life-changing programme.  In addition, four iThemba foster children are benefiting from an excellent education at Waterfall Prep and College. The Fund collectively aims to support two new children annually. Our goal is to offer the pupils the opportunity to complete their schooling on our iThemba Campus through to Grade 12 level. If you are moved to support this Fund to help our team ensure the sustainability of this fundamental programme please be in touch. 

4. Project Joy: New Container Classrooms, Renewed Joy

With such a tremendous need in our community for quality education for very young children and research continually highlighting the importance of learning and nutrition during a child’s first five years, our team is incredibly grateful for all our valued Project Joy partners. After a year of fundraising the team has reached the Phase 1 fundraising target and will commence with the container classroom project for Entokozweni Pre-School in February 2019.

Entokozweni, one of Focus on iThemba’s partnering Pre-Schools, is located just a few minutes from our iThemba Campus and is currently located in an existing church building which is cramped, dark and has poor ventilation. The teachers need to pack up the school every Friday and set up again on Monday so the church can function over the weekends.

“My dream is to see our school in a suitable building with a proper structure and with facilities to develop a child holistically,” said Mrs Bonisiwe Gwala, Principal and Owner. “We are so happy that we will soon have a better facility for our children.”

The architect designed improvements, utilise five insulated shipping containers, three for classrooms, one for a kitchen and one for an office. For the first time the children will benefit from flushing toilets, floor coverings that promote hygiene, sand pit and a much-needed jungle gym.

This has been a wonderful story of collaboration and we thank our key forward-thinking partners for investing in this very deserving Pre=School. Listed in alphabetical order:

  • Belgotex
  • Bidvest SACD
  • Container World
  • Cotswold Leisure Centre & Estate
  • Cotswold Management Association
  • Cretemix
  • Dezzo Roofing
  • Ed Weakley (Engineer)
  • Ethekwini EW Consult
  • EXR Construction
  • Fry’s Metal
  • GMA Foundation
  • Grow with EduCare
  • Jocelyn van der Walt
  • John Clarkson (Land Surveyor)
  • Jojo Tanks
  • Kerry Ingredients
  • Key Group
  • Kloof Round Table
  • Megan Harker
  • Mike and Pippa Hankinson
  • Northside Electrical
  • Lead Architects
  • Luke Bailes
  • Sarah and Willim Hennessy
  • Spar Group
  • Selwyn Green
  • The Collies Group
  • Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions
  • 6 Bar Developments

To partner with us for our Phase 2 requirements please do be in contact. If you would like to support other Project Joy needs, please visit our Back-a-Buddy page for more information.