President Cyril Ramaphosa and Simthandile “SimTiger” Tshabalala

President Cyril Ramaphosa participated in the Presidential Address Golf Challenge 2020 (PGC), and the fundraising gala dinner to raise funds to promote safe and appropriate sanitation in schools across the country.

Taking place at the Atlantic Golf Club, Melkbosstrand, the Presidential Golf Challenge the event is hosted annually by the Department of Public Service and Administration following the State of the Nation Address.

The PAGC is a partnership between government and the public sector to generate funding for developmental initiatives.

The 2020 Challenge will raise contributions in support of the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, which is an independent Public Benefit Organisation.

The foundation implements programmes to develop education, youth and vulnerable children and women.

It also implements its mission through the following partner entities: Adopt-A-School Foundation, Kagiso Shanduka Trust, Cyril Ramaphosa Education Trust and Black Umbrellas.

The funds raised at the 2020 Challenge will be committed to sanitation projects at schools across the country through the Adopt-A-School as part of the Sanitation Appropriate for Education (SAFE) initiative.

Public Service and Administration Minister, Mr Senzo Mchunu (right) photographed with President Cyril Ramaphosa.

This initiative aims to ensure that every school in the country has safe and appropriate sanitation facilities.

The SAFE Initiative, led by the Department of Basic Education in partnership with the National Education Collaboration Trust (NECT) and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, is a response to the significant school sanitation challenges facing some of the country’s poorest schools.

Public Service and Administration Deputy Minister, Ms Sindisiwe Chikunga, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Simthandile “SimTiger” Tshabalala and Public Service and Administration Minister, Mr Senzo Mchunu.

The initiative aims to provide innovative, safe ablution facilities for the 3 898 rural and township schools, where sanitation has been found to be inadequate or unsafe.

The Challenge also affords the President an opportunity to emphasise the role of corporate social investment in poverty alleviation and the transformation of society.

The President opened this year’s Challenge by teeing off with his seven-year-old playing partner and prodigy Simthandile “SimTiger” Tshabalala who has represented the country in various international tournaments including the September 2019 Canadian Invitational tournament.