TAG FOUNDATION

“EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL TOOL WITH WHICH ONE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.” NELSON MANDELA

The TAG Foundation started off as a small annual shindig for good friends, with an added bonus of raising money for people in need of a little help. I am delighted to say that it has become a large fundraiser (still with good friends) supporting 24 boys and all their educational needs at one of South Africa’s most renowned and reputable schools, King Edward VII in Houghton (KES).

Our 24 TAG boys, as they are affectionately known are all individual characters that have grown up with their own challenges, they have however to a large degree overcome these and are all making the most out of their five year tenure at KES. Our first TAG Foundation graduate is now a third year student at NMMU and all things being equal should finish his undergraduate degree this year. All of these boys would otherwise not be in a position to attend such a fine school and afford their fees. What is most pleasing is seeing just what these boys can achieve academically given an opportunity that our friends and supporters have provided them with. The TAG foundation is merely a conduit, the real heroes are our legendary supporters who year after year not only attend the function but also give most generously in order to ensure that we can meet our obligation in terms of the school and boarding fees. The other heroes are our generous suppliers who continue to give us unbelievable prizes that we are able to auction off in order to raise the necessary funds. We really are very lucky. None of what we do would be possible without their commitment and support to this very worthy cause.

It is a privilege to watch these young men grow up and we are proud that we are preparing these young men for life – to be successful, considerate and well-mannered young South African men.

This year’s target is R2 million (two million) which is our biggest challenge yet but one that I am sure we can achieve. It is important to note that every single cent raised goes to the boys and any educational needs that they may have.

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TAG Foundation Party 2017

2017 was the TAG Foundations most auspicious year, raising over R1.2 million at our annual function for the education of future South African leaders at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg.

OUR 24 TAG BOYS
Leggae Mogapi - Grade 9

Leggae Mogapi - Grade 9

Leggae is modest about his role in his hockey team’s success. He has been one of the stars, as is shown by his selection last year for the Gauteng under-14 team – a team chosen from South, East and North Gauteng – and, therefore, a step above the Southerns team that some of his team mates made.

Sibusiso Msipha - Grade 10

Sibusiso Msipha - Grade 10

Sibusiso Msipha has been at King Edward VII School since grade 8. He comes from a very poor family and was offered TAG Foundation bursary after being spotted by Mr Visser while playing rugby for Monument Primary at the KES Easter Festival.

Bryce Parsons - Grade 11

Bryce Parsons - Grade 11

Bryce was at CBC Boksburg, playing for the Easterns under-13 team when he was spotted and encouraged to come to the school. His family was having difficulty with paying the fees, so he was offered support by the TAG Foundation.

Neo Pheko - Grade 12

Neo Pheko - Grade 12

When Neo Pheko looks back on his five years as a King Edward VII School boy, his overwhelming emotion is one of gratitude. As he nears the end of his final year, Neo is very aware of the need to concentrate on his school work.

 

Samkelo Ngubane - Grade 9

Samkelo Ngubane - Grade 9

Samkelo Ngubane is a cultured person. While he is a proud as any KES boys of the schools sporting achievements, and enjoys playing and supporting the first rugby team, what he really enjoys about school life is the opportunity to be in the music society, to participate in drama, and to play in the pipe band.

Dylan Curtis - Grade 12

Dylan Curtis - Grade 12

Dylan Curtis sets his sights high. He is going for seven As in the final exams at the end of the year, and the odds are that he will get them – he has never achieved less than that at the school – but academic success is not enough.

Joshua Streak - Grade 11

Joshua Streak - Grade 11

Joshua Streak has established himself as a leading player in the King Edward VII School 1st cricket team and he is performing well in the classroom and, he believes, moving into Buxton House at the beginning of the year has made all the difference.

 

Lebo Selahla - Grade 8

Lebo Selahla - Grade 8

Lebo was spotted at a rugby day while in primary school where he showed great leadershp and asked to apply. “I was told to watch a video on the school website and we came here during the Easter Festival last year to look around. I knew straight away I wanted to be here,”

 

 

Bontle Ndlovu - Grade 11

Bontle Ndlovu - Grade 11

Bontle is a Grade 8 KES learner from the Eastern Cape. He is a TAG Foundation boy who boards in School House. He currently plays 14A rugby at KES as flank and played U/13 Craven Week last year for the Blue Bulls in Durban. Bontle has also played Bulls 7’s at the national tournament.

Oratile Molatlhegi - Grade 11

Oratile Molatlhegi - Grade 11

Oratile has been a TAG Foundation learner since the beginning of 2015 and is currently a Grade 8 border in School House. He was a district athlete and played Craven Week rugby for the Blue Bulls in Durban last year. He played 14A basketball and currently 14A rugby as centre.

Keegan Rea - Grade 8

Keegan Rea - Grade 8

As a talented hockey player, Keegan Rea had the choice of coming to King Edward VII School in grade 8, or attending another top Joburg hockey school. He chose KES and it was, he believes, the best choice of his life so far.

Mangaliso Ncunca - Grade 8

Mangaliso Ncunca - Grade 8

Mangaliso Ncunca is only in grade 8, but he is already dreaming of the day when he can wear the red school first team jersey and get the incredible support from everyone that he sees at Reds games on Saturdays.

Wesley Hurter - Grade 12

Wesley Hurter - Grade 12

Wesley is a fine example of the leadership potential that has been traditionally developed at the school, and a sure bet to follow in the footsteps of the many leaders that have come from here.

 

Dihan Du Toit - Grade 8

Dihan Du Toit - Grade 8

Being part of the under-14A hockey team has also helped. Dihan went to Laerskool Edleen in Kempton Park and ended up at KES because he was spotted playing hockey for the Easterns under-13 team and offered the chance to come here.

 

Thabang Mphafi - Grade 8

Thabang Mphafi - Grade 8

Thabang was spotted last year while at Dagbreek Primary School in Welkom, playing for the Griffons in the Primary Schools Craven Week, and at the SA Primary School athletics championships where he participated in the long jump and hurdles.

Nicholas Eggett - Grade 10

Nicholas Eggett - Grade 10

Nicholas was at St Peter’s Prep School where his mother is a teacher and, he says, when he was in grade 7, coming to KES was not an option for him. Now he thinks it’s the best thing he could have done.

Themba Nkosi - Grade 10

Themba Nkosi - Grade 10

Themba Nkosi is that most valuable of learners in a school – a young man who loves to be of service and immerses himself in activities that make a difference to others.

Simthembile Ntleki - Grade 10

Simthembile Ntleki - Grade 10

Simthembile Ntleki came to King Edward VII School this year with big shoes to fill. His bother was a legendary member of the 2011 Reds team and made the Craven Week team before going on to play senior provincial rugby for the Lions and the Southern Kings.

Kian Schwartz - Grade 10

Kian Schwartz - Grade 10

Kian went to Farrarmere Primary School where he played for the Easterns under-12 and under-13 provincial teams, and came to KES, he says, because he knew it was the right thing to do for his development as a player.

Keagan Janse Van Rensburg - Grade 10

Keagan Janse Van Rensburg - Grade 10

In Keagan’s under-14 year he was the top run-scorer, making over 1000 at an average of 52, and he has been at, or close, to the top of the batting averages ever since. He is in grade 10 now and in the unbeaten under-16 team.

Wandre van Den Berg - Grade 9

Wandre van Den Berg - Grade 9

Wandre – a hockey goalkeeper. And he’s a very good. The Boden Cup final this year was a tightly contested affair against Jeppe, there were many heroes in the King Edward team that won it, but the goalkeeper should be singled out.

Mickey Copeland - Grade 10

Mickey Copeland - Grade 10

Mickey Copeland loves cricket, no question about that. For him the best part about staying in the hostel at King Edward VII School is that it gives him more time to practice.

Obakeng Maila - Grade 11

Obakeng Maila - Grade 11

Obakeng Maila is acutely aware of the changes that coming to school like King Edward VII has made in his life. He comes from Orange Farm and attended township school in the Vaal Triangle and, in his own words, he was going nowhere.

Ayanda Nhlapo - Grade 8

Ayanda Nhlapo - Grade 8

When Ayanda Nhlapo converted the final one-on-one in the shoot out that decided the Boden Trophy competition, giving King Edward VII School victory over Jeppe, it was the latest chapter in a remarkable hockey development story.

WHAT OUR BOYS HAVE TO SAY
Reabetswe Lebone
TAG Foundation
I appreciate what you have done for me by sponsoring me. I have enjoyed my time here in King Edward and I have grown phenomenally throughout my high school years.
Senzo Mkhize
TAG Foundation
I am very grateful for the oppertunity you have given me to learn at one of the greatest schools. My sport is going very well as I am playing for the 1st basketball team. Thank you again
Taygen Fuchs
TAG Foundation
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you once again for the amazing opportunity that you have presented me, to attend King Edward.  I think going to King Edward was definitely a step in the right direction and it's a great start to a bright, successful future for me.
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