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The Sanlam Foundation

Over the last 10 years, the Foundation has invested more than R630 million in the education sector, financial literacy initiatives, health (HIV/AIDS), enterprise and supplier development initiatives and employee volunteerism.

Our team

Meet the team members behind the Foundation.

Our focus areas

Find out more about our focus in key strategic areas.


Learn more about funding and apply online.

Our latest initiatives

Explore our latest initiatives and community programmes.

Our team

The Foundation team reports to the Board of Trustees of the Sanlam Foundation Trust, made up by Mr Paul Hanratty (Chairperson), Ms Mathukana Mokoka, Dr Johan van Zyl, Prof Shirley Zinn, Dr Siphokazi Koyana and Adv Ndumiso Luthuli.

Together with various NGOs and partners, the team behind the Foundation works hard to help improve the lives of people in all communities. See what Nozizwe Vundla, Head of the Sanlam Foundation, says about our work.

Nozizwe Vundla

Head: Sanlam Foundation

Personal profile

The Foundation team is led by Nozizwe Vundla, Head of the Sanlam Foundation. Before this, she was Executive Director of Student Sponsorship Programme, a non-profit trust. Zizwe’s career started as a management consultant at KPMG and her experience in development spans international trade at the Department of Trade and Industry, and development finance at the National Treasury. She is passionate about social justice and the arts.

Notable achievements

Zizwe was recently appointed to the Board of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. She also sits on the Board of the St. Mary’s Foundation, and was formerly the chairperson of the Women’s Legal Centre. She is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and holds BA and LLB degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Nonceba Mtwana

Operations Manager

Personal profile

As Operations Manager, Nonceba Mtwana supports Zizwe in the management functions of the Foundation. Nonceba has development sector experience that spans more than 20 years and has worked for a range of NPOs focusing on issues of access to information, health, education, and community development. She has also worked for a number of local and international donor institutions in different capacities.

Nonceba brings deep understanding of socio-economic challenges and a wealth of knowledge on grantmaking systems development, as well as monitoring and evaluation processes to track the impact the Foundation is making in beneficiary communities.

Notable achievements

Nonceba was awarded a bursary to be part of the first class of the National Electronic and Media Institute of South Africa (Nemisa). Whilst at The Learning Trust, she led the expansion of the organisation into the Gauteng and Eastern Cape provinces.

She holds a National Diploma in Media Studies from Nemisa and studied towards a Bachelor of Communications at University of Fort Hare. She is currently pursuing the Senior Management, Catalyst Programme qualification, which is a joint training programme between Sanlam and the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Bianca Maneveld

Head: Governance and Reporting

Personal profile

Bianca Maneveld is Head of Governance and Reporting in the Group Transformation Office, and the financial officer of the Sanlam Foundation. Along with being responsible for the financial matters of the Sanlam Foundation and offering support in various management functions, Bianca also manages the B-BBEE scorecard of Sanlam – ensuring the business maintains its Level 1 status.

With skills such as excellent collaboration in a team environment, being highly adaptable, leading a team, managing and prioritising deadlines, the ability to gain commitment and influence stakeholders, building relationships in various business areas, and organising activities to allow for cooperation, communication, delivery and decision-making, Bianca continues to take the finance department of the Sanlam Foundation to greater heights. She is passionate about people and transformation.

Notable achievements

Bianca is a CA(SA) and has more than 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry. She has also participated in Sanlam’s Management Development Programme through the University of Stellenbosch Business School.

Jannie Rossouw

Programme Manager

Personal profile

Jannie Rossouw is Programme Manager of the Consumer Financial Education (CFE) and Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) Programmes in the Sanlam Foundation.

Jannie’s more than 30 years in the financial services industry includes 21 years’ focused experience providing meaningful advisory input for the growth and development of successful SME and owner-managed businesses. He combines his strong academic foundation with honed expertise in strategic and financial planning, value chain development/improvement, and operational efficiency improvements, to provide holistic business mentorship, training and personal coaching to hundreds of business owners each year.

With a deep understanding of the fundamentals that drive business success, he has demonstrated an acute understanding of business dynamics, helping business owners to achieve business continuity, revenue growth, and wealth creation under even the most challenging circumstances. He has deep domain knowledge and is highly skilled in programme/project managing Enterprise Supplier Development and Consumer Financial Education initiatives to enable businesses to achieve their Corporate Social Investment (CSI) goals.

Notable achievements

Jannie successfully developed a niche business division in the financial services sector, specialising in the SME sector. He played an instrumental role as keynote speaker in the annual Business Expo of the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) in 2017, 2018 and 2019, speaking about numerous business and financial planning related topics.

Jannie co-created the Financial Fitness Analysis instrument, uniquely designed for the financial services sector, and has mentored many business owners to effectively develop an action plan for their businesses. He holds a BCom and Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA).

Meshaye Sylvester

Programme Manager

Personal profile

Meshaye Sylvester is a programme manager for the Sanlam Foundation. Her day-to-day responsibilities encompass project managing SED projects with the focus on the Foundation’s Blue Ladder Schools – a holistic school development programme that currently supports 75 schools nationally. Meshaye’s expertise in the organisation has remained remarkable.

Notable achievements

Meshaye’s experience and skills acquired during her involvement with the South African Breweries Limited, in corporate affairs and various positions in administration, project coordinating and event planning, are evident in her contributions to the Sanlam Foundation today. She holds a Foundation Prince2® International Project Management Certification.

Frank Louw

Strategic Projects and Relationship Manager

Personal profile

Frank Louw is Programme Manager for strategic projects and relationships in the Sanlam Foundation. He has a 24-year career spanning across the Sanlam Group, serving predominantly in office management, marketing, sponsorships, brand and Corporate Social Investment (CSI). Frank is driven by an intrinsic passion for the development of communities.

Notable achievements

Frank has excellent interpersonal skills, is conscientious and prides himself on the ability to create relationships with others in his working environment. He adds value to any working environment with a patient, flexible, practical and caring disposition.

Stefan Hundt

Curator: Sanlam Art Collection

Personal profile

Stefan Hundt is the curator of the Sanlam Art Collection. Since his appointment, the Collection has expanded with additions of some 500 artworks dating from the late 19th century to present. The Collection boasts a representative overview of South African art valued, conservatively, at R205 million.

As Curator, Stefan also stages exhibitions. Over the past decade he has been responsible for the regular exhibitions at the Sanlam Art Gallery, as well as regular national travelling exhibitions that have showcased the Sanlam Art Collection, and first-time solo exhibitions by under-recognised artists.

Prior to his appointment at Sanlam, he served as Curator for the Oliewenhuis Art Museum, a satellite of the National Museum in Bloemfontein. He continues to practise as an art historian, publishing articles on corporate collecting and catalogues featuring the Sanlam Art Collection and selected artists. For the past 30 years he has played an active role in the South African art world, 24 of which have been dedicated to expanding Sanlam’s investment in its art collection.

Notable achievements

Stefan holds a BA in Fine Arts with Honours from the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) and studied History of Art at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Zahied Kagee

Exhibitions Officer: Sanlam Art Collection

Personal profile

Zahied is Exhibitions Officer for the Sanlam Art Collection. He has been with Sanlam for close to 40 years and has extensive experience in marketing, sponsorships, events and facilities management, as well as safety, security and logistics.

Zahied describes himself as a responsive and effective service delivery person, being a creative thinker and always having passion for what he does.

Notable achievements

Zahied specialises in public relations and logistics.

Lizelle le Roux

Senior PA and Project Coordinator

Personal profile

Lizelle le Roux is the senior PA and Project Coordinator in the Sanlam Foundation. Lizelle has fulfilled a diverse range of roles throughout her career, including administrative support, operational support, project management as well as event management.

She has gained considerable experience from various organisations in different industries, including the motor industry and financial services industry, before joining the Sanlam Foundation. She is focused on playing her part in delivering the strategic objectives of the Foundation.

Notable achievements

Lizelle holds a Foundation Prince2® International Project Management Certification, and whilst employed at Metropolitan in 2014, she was nominated for an Eagle Award for great work ethic. She is also a committee member of the Sanlam Group Professional Secretaries Forum.

“The Sanlam Foundation is the embodiment of Sanlam’s deep concern for the socio-economic and environmental challenges that threaten the sustainability within which we have operated since 1918.

“Founded in 2011, The Sanlam Foundation Trust is a South African registered non-profit developmental organisation, incorporated for public benefit. Its primary objectives are to:

  • Invest meaningfully in the economies of the countries in which it operates
  • Contribute to the alleviation of poverty and development of Africa’s marginalised and vulnerable communities
  • Give expression to Sanlam’s corporate social consciousness in ways that showcase its core values of being a responsible and caring corporate citizen”

– Sanlam’s CEO on the Foundation’s launch

Our focus areas

The Sanlam Foundation has a national footprint with a focus on the following as key strategic areas:

  1. Socio-economic Development (SED)

    Our Socio-economic Development Programme includes a range of projects focusing on education, environmental matters and strategic partnerships.

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  2. Consumer Financial Education (CFE)

    Our Consumer Financial Education Programme endeavours to impact financial literacy skills to a targeted group within communities as well as for targeted key employer and organised labour groupings nationally.

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  3. Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD)

    The Sanlam Foundation has partnered with the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa (ASISA) to provide investment funding and business development support (BDS) to supply chain aligned SMEs via the Sanlam Group Enterprise Supplier Development (ESD) programme.

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  4. Sanlam Pan Africa (SPA)

    As part of corporate responsibility in countries where Sanlam operates, the Foundation supports developmental work in five other African countries (Namibia, Uganda, Morocco, Côte d’Ivoire, and Angola) with a focus on education.

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  5. Staff Volunteerism Programme (SVP)

    The Foundation manages the Group’s Staff Volunteerism Programme (SVP) which aims to provide an outlet for all Sanlam’s staff members to contribute meaningfully to the developmental agenda of the county. To date, these include Payroll Contributions and Day of Giving, both of which are managed in partnership with Group Human Resources.

  6. Art Department

    The Art Department hosts Sanlam’s Art collection. As part of integrating the arts into the Foundation’s programmes, the Foundation entered into a partnership with the Norval Foundation, an arts centre dedicated to the research, education and exhibition of 20th and 21st century visual art from South Africa and beyond.

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We've invested over R630 million

in education, financial literacy, health, enterprise and supplier development, and employee volunteerism.


Over the last nine years, the Foundation has invested more than R630 million in the education sector, financial literacy initiatives, health (HIV/AIDS), enterprise and supplier development initiatives and employee volunteerism.

What we fund

The Foundation supports and partners with NPOs to offer two types of grants:

  • Small Grants Fund
    Our Small Grants Fund (SGF) enables the Foundation to support local community development projects that fall outside our strategic focus areas. Through the Fund, the Foundation provides once-off funding to the maximum of R100,000 aimed at providing an immediate response to critical social issues facing the community.

  • Core Funding
    The Foundation issues Requests for Proposals (RFP) for strategic grant support over R500,000. These are advertised widely across our networks and on our website.

How to apply

Should you wish to apply for our Small Grants Fund, please complete a quick pre-screening form to ensure that your organisation meets our criteria.

Apply now

Our latest initiatives

The Sanlam Foundation partakes in a wide range of community initiatives and programmes – such as our Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) Programme which has had a deep impact on SMEs in Sanlam’s supply chain.

See our 2020 Annual Report

Contact us

Feel free to get in touch with us should you have any queries or concerns.

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