Mission Statement

We aim to bring about change and make a sustainable impact in underdeveloped and underprivileged communities through interactive partnerships with other stakeholders.


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.


Corinne Abel


Carol Van Der Rheede
General Manager


Jamala Safari
Head Bursary Department


Geraldine Machin
Special Projects Co-ordinator


Nizaam Manuel
Accounting Officer


Wonga Tola
Student Support Administrator – Bursaries Department


Sheila Van Flemmering
Beneficiaries 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.

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.

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.

MURIEL LOFTIE-EATON is the financial director of Niveus Investments Ltd. She became a trustee of the Foundation in 2016.

JOHN DAMMERT is the corporate affairs executive and board member of Golden Arrow Bus Services. He has served as a trustee of the Foundation since 2007.

AMON NTULI is director of SACTWU Investment Group.  He joined the Seardel Board in 2008, and became a trustee of the Foundation in 2012.

CANDY TOTHILL is the Internal Communications and Special Projects Manager for Tsogo Sun. She became a trustee of the Foundation in 2013.

CORINNE ABEL is the Chief Executive Officer of the HCI Foundation.

We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of our longest serving and dearly valued Trustee, Professor Mandla Tshabalala.  Professor Tshabalala was previously the Vice Rector for Student Development and Affairs at Cape Peninsula University of Technology. He was passionate about education and his voice was always one of wisdom and tolerance. He will be sorely missed.

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

‘The future of South Africa is bright because of the resilience and determination of our youth. They are succeeding against all odds, have big dreams for themselves and the country and are change-makers in their communities.’
Jamala Safari