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 10 boys and all their educational needs at one of South Africa’s most renowned and reputable schools, King Edward VII in Houghton (KES).

Our Ten 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 R500 000 (five hundred thousand) 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.

Connect with the TAG Foundation

TAG Foundation Party 2016

Another fabulous night and all for a great cause. Over R1 million was raised for the education of fine young men at King Edward VII School. Thanks to all our sponsors and all who attended the evening. You are legends!

OUR TEN TAG BOYS

Senzo Mkhize - Matriculates 2015

Senzo is currently in matric and is a school and boarding house prefect who plays first team basketball and rugby and is the REDS captain. In addition, Senzo is also chairperson of the School Representative Council of Learners. He has also recently been selected for the Lions U/18 Craven Week side.

Themba Mpemvu - Matriculates 2016

He started at KES in 2014 in Grade 10, as a TAG Foundation recruit. In 2015 he was selected for Gauteng at SA Senior Athletics Champs and won a bronze medal in Long Jump. He currently plays first team rugby as centre and has been selected for the Lions Academy side (B team).

Jethro Pieterse - Matriculates 2016

Jethro started at KES in 2012 on an athletics scholarship and for the past three years has helped King Edward VII School win inter-high athletics in both the 400m and 800m distances. Jethro does very well academically, he serves on School Representative Council of Learners for Davis House.

Taygen Fuchs - Matriculates 2016

He is extensively involved in community outreach (KESCO) and fares well academically. He once played A team rugby until he was forced to hang up his boots because of a serious knee injury. Taygen competes in A team athletics, where he throws javelin and is hoping to receive his full colours.

Vusimusi Koetsi - Matriculates 2017

Vusi has been at KES since 2013 and is currently a Grade 10 boarder at Buxton House. Academically he achieves good results and is also involved in the KES pipe band as well as the KES Photographic Society. Vusi has also been selected Southern Gauteng 16A hockey.

Dylan Curtis - Matriculates 2018

As one of the Top 5 Academics in Grade 9 with an average of 86%, Dylan also enjoys success on the sports fields – 8th overall U/15 SA champs cross country, School Athletics A team and Basketball B team. As chairperson of U/15 Public Speaking, Dylan has also been named Inter-house Best Speaker.

Sabusiswa Ngcobo - Matriculates 2018

Sabusiswa joined KES in 2015 and is currently a day scholar in Grade 9. Sabusiswa attended Saxonwold Primary where he was Headboy and also achieved full colours for swimming and half colours for hockey. In 2014 he started at KES in Grade 8 and achieves well academically.

Neo Pheko - Matriculates 2018

He is currently a Grade 9 boarder in Donald Gordon House. In 2012 and 2013 he played Craven Week rugby for Border and currently plays 15A rugby and basketball. His mother is a teacher at Stirling High School and he has two older brothers.

Bontle Ndlovu - Matriculates 2019

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 - Matriculates 2019

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.

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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