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Socio-economic Development

We believe in contributing to the positive change within the communities we serve.

We partner with various institutions to drive programmes that improve the skills and knowledge of the people in our communities, helping them to lead better quality lives.


With our Education Programme we make every effort to reach the members of our communities and provide them with financial management knowledge as well as health and wellness skills.

Education Programme

We present various programmes to teach students and other community members about the different financial management fields, create awareness about their health and wellness and provide support at retirement.

Our most recent programmes include:


In 2012, the Foundation partnered with the Programme for Technological Careers (Protec) to launch the LBP. In its first yearof operation, the LBP provided additional maths, science and English lessons to 80 disadvantaged grade 10 learners at 14 schools in Mogwase (North West) and Tzaneen (Limpopo).

A back-to-school project was initiated in 2012. The project encourages business unit CEOs to adopt the schools they attended and then to provide support where needed.


The Sanlam Foundation is in the third year of a five-year agreement with the Thuthuka Fund to support 16 students financially. These students are given an opportunity to apply for the Sanlam Chartered Accountant Training Programme, hosted by Sanlam’s Group Finance department. 11 bursary beneficiaries are currently completing their three-year internship at Sanlam.


Our involvement with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) led to our support of its BComm courses in financial planning and its postgraduate diploma in financial planning. In addition the Sanlam Foundation has funded a business challenge at NMMU. The competition is based on an internationally recognized business simulation, encouraging participants to be innovative in undertaking their entrepreneurial tasks.


Wits University, a world-class research university in Africa, are renowned for its commitment to academic and research excellence. It contributes to the global knowledge economy and local transformation through the generation of high level, scarce skills and innovative research. The Sanlam Foundation has funded the WITS Actuarial Society.


The Foundation embarked on a partnership with Partnership for Possibility to focus on the school principals and on their leadership development. Sanlam sponsored partnerships reported a wide variety of additional benefits that resulted from their participation in the PfP programme.

Since its inception, the SanIam Investments Vacation Work Development Programme has provided 239 students with exposure to the Sanlam Group supporting brand-building among current graduates who in the years ahead would be potential future employee and/or clients.


In partnership with the Regency Foundation Networx (RFN) and the provincial Department of Education (DoE), we extended the HIV&Me programme to eight schools in Limpopo province. These eight schools participate in a comprehensive two-year programme that aims to entrench HIV/Aids knowledge and awareness at beneficiary schools. This year, the programme reached 1 882 grade 9 learners through 19 trained educators.


The project is aimed at increasing worker capacity in regards specific socio-economic challenges. The COSATU programme is hence designed to educate workers on HIV/AIDS, as well as to promote awareness and health-seeking behaviour among workers. This is limited to the Western Cape.

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