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Nedbank Continues to Invest in The Future of South Africa’s Young Minds Through Education and Sport Development

As part of Nedbank’s commitment to partnering with our children in their journey towards enabling their dreams – the bank will be donating school uniform, stationery and two mobile science labs worth over R270 000 as well as a R1.2 million multi-purpose sport court to Ivory Park Primary School.

This forms part of the bank’s annual Back-to-School campaign as well as its sport development programme in partnership with The Sports Trust. Launched in 2010, the Back-to-School campaign has provided more than 10 000 children across the country with uniform and other basic school items to the value of R13.5 million. In 2016 alone, the bank will be investing R2.7 million towards the campaign, with 100 children from Ivory Park Primary School receiving the basic school supplies as well as two mobile science laboratories.

The Back-to-School programme forms part of Nedbank’s holistic education programme called Fundisa. The programme builds effective schools through infrastructure development, teacher training, building leadership capacity and providing classroom-based support.

‘Sport development and education are key focus areas at Nedbank as we believe that they are the key to creating and nurturing a knowledge based economy,’ explains Thulani Sibeko – Group Executive for Group Marketing Communications and Corporate Affairs at Nedbank. ‘At the core of our strategy is our commitment to communities and the environment – where we seek to be highly involved and contribute to the regeneration and socio-economic transformation of our society. As such, our continuous involvement in the early development of children through education and sport development seeks to realise just this.’ world class facilities,’ explains Anita Mathews Executive Director at The Sport Trust.

About Nedbank Foundation

Established in 1992 as the primary CSI arm of Nedbank Group, the Nedbank Foundation, plays a huge role in enabling the group to achieve its Deep Green aspiration of ‘being highly involved in the community and environment’. This it does by contributing to community upliftment and development programmes that are both empowering and sustainable – and by encouraging others to do the same.

About The Sports Trust

The Sports Trust is an independent organization established jointly by the private and public sectors in 1994, and is a registered Section 21 company, Public Benefit Organisation and operates as an NPO, although carries the name “Trust” to reflect the relationship between donors’ funding and the organisation. We provide sporting kit, equipment and build or upgrade sports facilities in disadvantaged rural communities in South Africa, and act as an implementation partner to Corporates. www.thesportstrust.co.za

About Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme

The Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme is one of four multi-award-winning programmes – the other programmes being the Green Affinity, the Arts Affinity and the Children's Affinity. To date Nedbank has donated over R25 million to support sport development projects in South Africa through The Sports Trust.

The Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme includes a suite of banking and investment accounts, and when a Nedbank Sport Affinity client uses these, Nedbank makes a donation to The Sports Trust for the funding of sport development projects, all at no cost to the client. The accounts include credit card, investment, savings and current accounts. So, the more you use your Nedbank Sport Affinity account, the more funds are donated to support sport development.

For more information on the projects that we support through The Sports Trust please visit www.nedbanksport.co.za.

The extraordinary role and power of sport in mental and physical development of children remains evident and is the reason why Nedbank continues to partner with The Sports Trust to ensure excellence through sports. Since 2013, Nedbank has donated three state of the art multi-purpose sport courts which accommodate five sporting codes, namely soccer, netball, basketball, volleyball and tennis.

The implementation of sports facilities in disadvantaged communities is one of our key focus areas, and together with Nedbank, our Trustee and Corporate Donor, the multi-purpose sport court provides the perfect solution to “Enhancing Education through Sport” for our youth in South Africa, and we are proud to partner with Nedbank on these world class facilities,’ explains Anita Mathews Executive Director at The Sport Trust.

Since inception in 1994, the Nedbank Sport Affinity Programme in partnership with The Sport Trust has contributed nearly R25 million toward sport development across the country. The programme is funded at no cost to the Nedbank Sport Affinity clients. The more clients bank, save and invest with Nedbank, the more the bank is able to contribute to the things that really matter to its clients.

‘We are honoured and humbled to receive these educational and sporting facilities aimed at enabling us as educators to assist in creating a brighter future for our children. Our task as teachers is a calling – a pledge to all South African children that we will continuously strive to empower them with the much needed knowledge in their journey toward realising their full potential and being active citizens. As teachers, parents and learners from Ivory Park Primary School we are encouraged by Nedbank and The Sports Trust’s efforts that continue to make the things that really matter to communities happen,’ enthuses Patience Maswanganye, Ivory Park Primary School Principal.