HCI Foundation (HCIF) is a corporate social investment wing of the holding company Hosken Consolidated Investments, a black empowerment investment company that has its origins in the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union. HCIF offers financial and strategic support to non-profit organisations (NPOs) in South Africa.
Our mission is to spark human potential and capacitate organisations towards sustainable and ethical growth and development. We do this by partnering with organisations that work in education ranging from early childhood development (ECD) and tertiary education to teacher development, environment, and youth and skills development programmes in South Africa.
We envisage a South Africa where young people are inspired and empowered to create thriving and sustainable communities.
Our strategy focuses primarily on education at all levels, ranging from excellence in early childhood development 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 will continue to invest in programmes that empower young people and address environmental and food security concerns. We actively source programmes focusing on education, youth development, and the environment.
The HCI Foundation’s early childhood development strategy is based on the African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child”. This is based on the understanding that all children have the potential to succeed, provided they are nurtured in conducive environments.
Over the years, we have supported many organisations by delivering accredited and enrichment training to practitioners as part of capacitating the sector and strengthening the delivery of quality early learning. However, we believe that training practitioners alone is not enough. In order to ensure the measurable and sustainable impact of programmes, it must be combined with after-training support and mentoring practitioners, monitoring and evaluation, and involving other stakeholders to provide other services. Hence, we have come up with the following eight elements we believe should be in place to provide a firm foundation for children to succeed in the schooling system and later in life: parental involvement, compliance with government requirements, mentorship and support, play-based learning, promotion of good health and nutritional support, monitoring and evaluation of learning, and ECD sites establishing relationships with local primary schools and resourced environments.
We intend to ensure that all children can access quality, inclusive, transformative play-based early learning programmes provided by skilled, qualified, passionate, nurturing and imaginative teachers. Access to quality early learning education is critical for children’s success at school and later in life.
The HCI Foundation Bursary Programme aims to contribute to the development of young people in South Africa by providing bursaries and mentoring support to financially disadvantaged and academically deserving students pursuing an Honours qualification or postgraduate diploma at selected institutions across the country.
In addition to financial support, we offer one-on-one and group mentoring to our bursary recipients. Our mentors are experienced professionals from the HCI Group, professionals from different sectors and partner non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and alumni from the programme. Furthermore, we offer support workshops and a psychosocial support programme with The Counselling Hub and keep in touch with our students throughout the year.
We stay in contact with our former bursary recipients through the Graduate Development and Alumni Programmes. We link graduates to employment and career development opportunities through this programme and use the alumni programme as a vehicle for outreach initiatives – where we go out with them to give back to communities.
Sustainable Food Security is an extension of the HCI Foundation and the eMedia food relief initiative implemented during the hard lockdown in 2020. Whilst this intervention undoubtedly helped to fill a gap in the short term, we realised that a more sustainable initiative was necessary. The level of hunger in our society confirmed the urgent need for us to find ways to support communities to grow food on a small to medium scale.
As a result, the HCI Foundation has begun working with a limited group of partner organisations in the food security field who can help us understand the issues at stake and who will be our implementation partners in this project.
This initiative intends to support and encourage communities to become food-secure and farmers to become self-reliant. Read more here
Access to sufficient water is a constitutional right for South African citizens. However, many rural communities have not realised this right. They are forced to compete with livestock in accessing water from open sources, wells, and springs if those sources are not dry. Women are the most affected by the struggle to access clean water as they must wake up early and walk for many hours to fetch water.
In many cases, water from open sources is contaminated, resulting in diseases like cholera, diarrhoea, and other infections being transmitted. Consequently, this results in many people not realising their potential.
Beyond the health implications of not having access to clean and safe water, children who miss school and local economic activities are affected. Furthermore, people cannot produce their own food.
The HCI Foundation believes that access to drinkable and safe water will improve the living conditions of many marginalised communities. Furthermore, there will be an improvement in rural communities’ academic performance and attendance, economic activities, health, and people’s potential. Ultimately, women will be relieved from all the risks they face as they ensure their families have access to water. The foundation will continue working with strategic partners that have innovative ways to improve access to clean water, leading to communities realising its potential.
We try to keep administration and office costs to a minimum so that most of our budget is directed toward projects. Respect for diversity is a core value of HCI Foundation and is reflected in our staff compliment.
HCI Foundation (HCIF) is an independent trust controlled by its trustees. These include members of HCI Board of Directors, employees from subsidiary companies of HCI, and independent experts who can add value to the specific foci of HCIF’s work.
DR CORINNE ABEL
is a registered social worker with a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Witwatersrand and a PhD in English literature from UCT. Before being appointed HCI Foundation (HCIF)’s CEO in 2011, she taught at Wits and Stellenbosch University in organisation development and English literature, respectively. In addition, she consulted in organisational development and industrial relations. She stepped down as CEO of HCIF towards the end of 2019 but remained on the board of trustees. She is currently the chairperson of the HCIF.
is an Executive Director on the HCI Board since 2009. He joined the HCI group in 1997, where he held the position of Financial Director from 2001 until 2019. He holds directorships in several HCI subsidiaries, including Deneb Investments, eMedia Holdings, and Frontier Transport Holdings Limited. He has been an HCIF trustee since 2008.
is a Non-Executive Director on the HCI Board since 2019. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Development Finance from Stellenbosch University. She worked for HCI Properties for nine years before joining Khumo Capital as a Managing Partner of their two property funds. She also served as a Director for Atterbell Investments, the convention business that manages and operates the Gallagher Estate precinct that includes the African Union premises.
was appointed to the HCI Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2014. She is a Director of Frontier Transport Holdings Limited, eMedia Holdings, and Tsogo Sun Gaming. She has vast experience within the clothing industry as a trade union representative and national media officer.
was appointed to the HCI Board in October 2004 and is a Director of Tsogo Sun Holdings and Niveus Investments. He became a HCIF trustee in 2012. He held the position of General Secretary of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) for six years.
is the Human Resources and Corporate Affairs Executive of Golden Arrow Bus Services. He has served as a trustee of HCI Foundation since 2007.
HCI is responsible for nominating trustees to the Board of HCI Foundation.
HCI Limited is an investment holding company that makes strategic investments in several different sectors, including gaming, media, manufacturing, and transport.
Some of the companies in which HCI has a major shareholding include Tsogo Sun Gaming, Southern Sun Hotels, eMedia Holdings, Frontier Transport Holdings
Limited, Deneb, HCI Coal, Impact Oil & Gas, Platinum Group Metals, and HCI Properties.
For further information, please visit HCI website: www.hci.co.za