JumpStart Foundation Trust is a Section 18(a) Public Benefit Organisation established in 2013 whose mission is to improve mathematics education and support youth to enter the mainstream economy. We originated in the ICT sector, where companies struggle to source problem-solving, coding, digital and mathematical competencies amongst South African matriculants.

First conceptualised as an intervention in Grades 10-12, JumpStart quickly transformed into a focus on foundational maths. Put simply, if children are not numerically competent by the time they finish Grade 3, they will struggle in the latter years of schooling and their prospects for future employment will be limited.

Board of Trustees

JumpStart is governed by a Board of Trustees who provide oversight to achieve the Trust’s objectives, ensure high levels of accountability to funders and monitor statutory compliance.

Stephen has 25 years of professional experience across various disciplines of business, social entrepreneurship, software engineering and skills development. He is the CEO of a software services and products company and the founder of the JumpCo Software Lab, which facilitates 50+ jobs in the IT sector annually.

Amber is a registered counselling psychologist and runs a private practice. She is a founding JumpStart Trustee with a particular interest in soft skills development and girl empowerment.

Themba is an actuary by profession who has served on the boards of blue chip companies and as the specialist investment trustee for the Government Employees Pension Fund appointed by the Minister of Finance. He is deeply committed to advancing black people in the actuarial and financial services industries and in our economy more broadly. Themba is a founding JumpStart Trustee.

Dianne has worked most of her professional life, over 30 years, for the Gauteng Education Department. She is a maths teacher, academic researcher and active JumpStart Trustee who brings sector knowledge and pedagogical insight to our programme.

Edgar is a successful entrepreneur with over 20 years of professional experience across the ICT and financial sectors. He is deeply committed to education and creating opportunities for young people. He is a founding JumpStart Trustee.

Our Team

Callen Hodgskiss, General Manager

Callen is a chartered accountant who has worked extensively in the financial services, management consulting and non-profit sectors. He has a strong track record in managing complex, evidence-based projects in collaboration with public and private donors and other partners. Callen joined JumpStart in January 2019.

Jabu Thomo, Programme Director

Jabu has many years’ experience in education, as a teacher, education official and as a manager at the non-profit Kliptown Youth Programme. He is our key contact with schools and ensures that resources are deployed efficiently and effectively, stakeholders are informed and learning outcomes are achieved. Jabu joined JumpStart in 2016.

Zintle Makumsha, Project Coordinator

Zintle is a Project Coordinator and a focal point in schools. She ensures that information is captured into the JumpTrak system, helps to coordinate tutors and ensure that EGMAs run according to plan. She is a recently qualified teacher and is currently completing an Honours Degree in education. She joined JumpStart in 2016.

Nobantu Mshumpela, Project Coordinator

Nobantu is a Project Coordinator and a focal point in schools. She supports real-time monitoring and coordinates tutors, workbooks and other resources in schools. Nobantu has been with JumpStart since 2016 and is currently studying for a degree in Public Relations.

Daniella Tetelo, Robotics & Coding Programme

Daniella is a qualified software engineer who inspires our Robotics & Coding learners and drives our pilot in Ekurhuleni South. She is responsible for curriculum design, weekly lessons, transferring skills to tutors and coordinating pupils’ participation in annual competitions and events. She is a graduate of the JumpCo skills lab and has led our Robotics & Coding programme since its inception in 2018.

Betty Oliphant, Office & Financial Administrator

Betty has been with JumpStart since 2011. She seamlessly ensures that the team has the tools and information it needs to succeed. She is currently studying for a Bachelors in Education.


JumpStart has partnered with BBBEE advisors to enable us to structure project expenditure to suit corporate funders.

99% of our beneficiaries are black as defined by the BBBEE Codes of Good Practice. Socio-Economic Development (SED) funding of JumpStart also conveys a Section 18(a) tax benefit.

Funding our tutors’ bursaries and learnerships qualifies for Skills Development (SD) points with related Section 12(h) tax benefit.

Tutor funding can also be structured as Youth Employment Service (YES) investment.  YES is a public-private partnership launched in October 2018 that enables companies to improve their BBBEE scoring up to two levels, based on equipping unemployed youth with structured work experience and job placement.


The JumpStart Foundation Trust is a registered non-profit Trust (IT 8834/02, NPO 087/109) and a Section 18(a) Public Benefit Organisation (registered charity).

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