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.
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).