Vision Statement

We envisage a South Africa where young people are inspired and empowered to create thriving and sustainable communities.

Mission Statement

Beyond funding, we aim to spark human potential and capacitate organisations towards sustainable and ethical growth and development.

Our Values

  • Strong moral principles
  • Transparency
  • Passionate productivity.



Our strategy for the next three years is to focus primarily on education at all levels, ranging from early childhood development through to tertiary education. In addition, we believe that it is imperative to find ways of protecting the future sustainability of both people and natural resources. Hence, we look for programmes which emphasise youth empowerment and environmental concerns. We actively source projects that focus on development of youth through arts and culture; and that protect the environment through water hygiene, sanitation and programmes of renewable energy.


We try to keep administration and office costs to a minimum so that the major part of our budget is directed towards projects. Respect for diversity is a core value of the Foundation and is reflected in our staff group.

Jamala Safari
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Malusi Ntoyapi
Programmes and Innovation Manager

Nizaam Manuel
Accounting Officer

Thertia Johnson

Sheila Van Flemmering
Beneficiaries Administrator

Thuliswa Maji
Programme Administrator

Sinethemba Libaziso
Programme Administrator 

Board of Trustees

The HCI Foundation is an independent trust, controlled by its trustees. These include members of the HCI Board of Directors, employees from subsidiary companies of HCI, and independent experts who are able to add value to the specific foci of the Foundation’s work.

The Board’s key roles and responsibilities are:

  • Promoting the interests of all stakeholders
  • Formulation and approval of strategy and spend
  • Ultimate accountability and responsibility for the performance and affairs of the Foundation

The HCI Foundation Board of Trustees:

JOHN COPELYN is the Chairman of HCI Foundation.  He joined HCI as chief executive officer in 1997.  He is chairman of Sabido Investments, Seardel Investment Corporation, Tsogo Sun Holdings and Niveus Investments.

Dr CORINNE ABEL is the former CEO of the Foundation. She has served as a trustee of the Foundation since 2012.

 JOHN DAMMERT is the Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Executive of Golden Arrow Bus Services. He has served as a trustee of the Foundation since 2007.

KEVIN GOVENDER is group financial director of HCI.
He joined the HCI group in 1997 and holds directorships in several HCI subsidiaries. He is also acting chairman of e.tv. He has been a Foundation trustee since 2008.

Worked for HCI Properties for 9 years before joining Jumo World, a global fintech company, in 2019.
She joined the Board of Trustees of the Foundation in 2019.

JABU NGCOBO was appointed to the HCI Board in October 2004, and is a director of Tsogo Sun Holdings and Niveus Investments.  He became a Foundation trustee in 2012.

CANDY TOTHILL is the General Manager: Corporate Affairs for Tsogo Sun. She became a trustee of the Foundation in 2013.

was appointed to the board of HCI on in 2014 and is a director of eMedia Holdings Limited.
She joined the Board of Trustees of the Foundation in 2019.

HCI companies and subsidiaries

HCI has responsibility for appointing Trustees to the Board of the Foundation.

HCI Limited is an investment holding company which makes strategic investments in a number of different sectors including gaming, media, manufacturing and transport.

Some of the companies in which HCI has a major shareholding are: Tsogo Sun; Seardel – which includes e.tv and Sabido; Golden Arrow Bus Services; Niveus – which includes KWV; Deneb.

For further information please visit the HCI website www.hci.co.za

‘Loving to learn and think creatively is the most significant gift we can offer our children.‘
Corinne Abel