Stay up to date with MAD Leadership Foundation news here.


Our leadership programme aims to instill the qualities of a leader and developing our scholars to be future leaders.


By | 2017, Events

On Saturday, 25 March, we hosted our second successful Valley Flair Art Auction at Leopard’s Leap Wine Family Vineyards, in partnership with Lizamore & Associates Gallery. It was a beautiful evening of fundraising, wining and dining, with great entertainment by Loki Rothman and a live art performance by Lioda Conrad Fine Art. We would like to thank all of our guests, especially our auction bidders who helped us raise an incredible amount of money for our future leaders. A special thank you to our artists for creating and donating exceptional work for our auction and to Ariella Kuper from Clear Asset, for volunteering as MAD Leadership Foundation’s Auctioneer for over a decade. Thanks to our media partners: A Gorman Photography and Marc Wyllie, our auction brochure partners: RSA Litho and Papercor Holdings and to Rialheim for the amazing entrance deco and thank you gifts for our guests. See you next year! Pictures available here.


By | 2017, Fellowship Programme, LEADERSHIP NEWS

From scholar to lawyer – Awonke was admitted as an attorney at the South African High Court on Friday, 3 March 2017. Awonke originated from Lamberts Bay and attended the Cape Academy where he was introduced to MAD Leadership Foundation. Awonke then attained his law degree from Stellenbosch University and did his articles as a Candidate Attorney at Catto Neethling Wiid Inc. We are extremely proud of his achievements, and look forward to watching him grow in his career.




Joel is the MAD Leadership Foundation 2017 Art Patron and worked with three of our scholars: Mariana, Adam and Gugu, to create a passionate and artistic expression. Joel found perspective through his collaboration with the MAD Leadership Foundation scholars, “the scholars showed such amazing creativity in making this magnificent lion, they had to think out of the box and go beyond their comfort zones. Each of them was so strong in their convictions about adding to the final work of art and each made a significant contribution to this amazing piece of art. It’s an intriguing process creating an abstract where you can see an image in it and the scholars rose to the occasion.”

The artwork is themed Imagination, as both Joel and the scholars found inspiration in each other’s worlds. MAD Leadership Foundation has partnered with Mervyn Gers Ceramics, an internationally acclaimed ceramicist, to create a bespoke range of hand-made ceramic plates, based on the artwork created through this collaboration. If you would like to become a collector, please contact

View all the images here.


By | 2016, Be The Difference

We are looking for:

  • Suits and formal wear
  • Warm clothes and casual clothes
  • Formal shoes
  • Sports equipment

We need both girls and boys items, sizes suitable for ages 12 – 25 years old.

You can drop off your donations at our offices:

  • Cape Town: 27 Willie Van Schoor Rd, Tyger Valley Chambers no. 3, Bellville, 7530
  • JHB: Finance House, Ground Floor, 230 Jan Smuts Ave, Dunkeld West, 2196

For more information:


By | 2017, January 2017, NEWS, Scholar Wellness, Development & Support Programme

Big congratulations to our Matric Class of 2016 – we are extremely proud of your achievements and wish you well with the next chapter of your academic studies as students. We are looking forward to celebrating even more achievements with you this year!

  • 13 Matrics
  • 100% Pass rate
  • 12 Bachelor’s Pass
  • 1 Diploma Pass
  • 26 Subject distinctions
  • 2 Distinctions


By | 2016, NEWS, November 2016, Partners

With the spotlight on the South African education system over recent months, a welcomed announcement has been made by The Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) following the establishment of the R750 million FEM Education Foundation.

The FEM Education Foundation was formed in an effort to contribute to the education system.

The first initiative is to partner with Make A Difference Leadership Foundation (MAD Leadership Foundation) to launch the FEM Scholarship Programme, where 37 scholars will be awarded scholarships providing comprehensive financial and personal support to assist them through high school and their first tertiary degree. This initial sponsorship amounts to an estimated R49 million, with the possibility of FEM allocating additional funding for scholarships in the following years. The first 37 applicants are currently being confirmed for 2017.

Founded by former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar, Make A Difference Leadership Foundation focuses on leadership development through education. The approach is to identify academically talented scholars, who do not have the necessary financial resources, and offer them integrated support in the areas of education, mentorship, leadership and life-skills development.

Comments Francois Pienaar, ‘’This partnership is a very exciting time for Make A Difference Leadership Foundation. It entrenches what we have aimed to achieve and builds on what we have been working towards, that is to develop long-standing, mutually beneficial partnerships with corporates who share our values and goals. This allows us to create sustainable educational opportunities for young people with leadership potential who do not have the financial resources to afford a good education, thus providing hope to many scholars at a time in South Africa where such help is so desperately needed. This partnership presents to us an opportunity to expand our reach to identify, develop and support even more deserving young leaders year-on-year, allowing us to dream bigger for South Africa. We challenge and encourage corporates from other industries to step forward, as FEM has done, to invest in education and ultimately help grow your industry through a new generation of leaders.’’

“FEM thanks its policyholders for approving the establishment of this R750m FEM Education Foundation and is proud to announce that this first initiative and launch of the programme is in partnership with the Make A Difference Leadership Foundation – one of a number of partners with whom we aspire to engage with,” says Thelma Pugh, Managing Director of FEM.  “Through the establishment of this Education Foundation, FEM and the construction industry is responding to the education crisis which has reached boiling point, both in the construction industry and within all levels of our education system. FEM has committed to this important initiative – the first step of an ongoing scholarship programme – which is to be made available to the children of employees in the construction industry.”

The Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (FEM) was established as a mutual insurer in 1936 and on the introduction of the Workmen’s Compensation Act 1941 was granted a licence to continue to transact workmen’s compensation insurance for the building industry. Its business operations are essentially confined to the insurance of employers against their liabilities under the Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 1993.

For more information, visit


By | 2016, Events, NEWS, November 2016

On Friday, November 18th, we hosted our much anticipated golf day at the Pearl Valley Golf Course​. The theme this year was “safari” and we made sure our golfers were in for a roaring time! We would like to thank all of our guests, auction bidders, volunteers, golfers and sponsors. A special thank you to our main sponsor – Rand Merchant Bank​ and our supporting sponsor – Dimension Data​ for making our national golf days a possibility this year. View all the images here.