September 2019 – Issue 2
A day to celebrate at the fabulous Garden Court uMhlanga On 16 August, the Epworth Foundation was delighted to have all its stakeholders together to share a joint mission to uplift the nation through quality education. Management, governance, oversight, social impact, past girls, present and past parents and influential friends of the Foundation were all represented.
The Epworth Foundation’s bold vision of ‘A South Africa where deserving talent is identified and selected to serve the country and its people’ was enthusiastically embraced, with the main goal to raise funds in support of 30 young women of worth (talented and deserving but financially disadvantaged girls) to attend Epworth high school over the next five to nine years.
This investment is all the more significant as girls’ school alumnae cultures have only really become financial driving forces over the past two decades. As we continue to celebrate the Epworth Foundation and what it stands for, the following statistics underpin the tragic divide in South Africa and the urgent need to create broad-based access to world-class education:
The Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) has published a tool that shows how monthly income compares with the rest of the country and into which percentile a household falls. SALDRU forms part of the University of Cape Town’s School of Economics, and conducts research into income mobility, racial composition of social class and poverty in South Africa. According to the data, the richest 1% of South Africans have a household income of R48,753 per month (after tax). The richest 10% take home R7,313 a month.
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