Who are we?
Our community driven initiative, the Impumelelo Educational Trust is a non – profitmaking legal entity registered with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Developments’ Master of the High Court in Pretoria under IT 4780/12, from Simile Township, Sabie.
Sabie is a small town located in Mpumalanga province just 45 km from Nelspruit and 350km from Gauteng province in South Africa. The town has a very small economy and is characterised by high poverty and unemployment levels. Majority of the population rely on State social grants for living and enrolment of learners in Tertiary Education institutions remains a big societal challenge.
What does Impumelelo mean?
Impumelelo is a Nguni (IsiZulu, SiSwati,SiNdebele and IsiXhosa languages) word which means success in the English language.
When did we form our trust?
Our trust was registered in 2012 with the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development and formally launched in 2013 at Ekuthuleni Hall in Simile,Sabie and was given its blessings by the MEC for Mpumalanga Department of Education , Ms Reginah Mhaule who was the main speaker on the day of the launch.
Why did we form our trust?
Our trust was formulated to assist our community to address educational challenges. Some of the key peculiar reasons that our community is still facing and have a big impact on the future of our youth are the following:
- Highly expensive tertiary education system in the country
- Majority of learners cannot afford tertiary educations fees
- Increase in the number of high school learner drop outs
- Youth crime and high teenage pregnancy
- Less educated youth population
- Lack of utilisation of skills and experience accumulated by community tertiary and employed graduates