Annual Report 2012-2013 University of Cape Town Foundation Limited As trustee for

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Annual Report 2012-2013

University of Cape Town Foundation Limited

As trustee for

Mission 3

History 3
Structure and governance 3

Chairman’s report 4

Events 7
Aid and development activities 7
APHEDA –Union Aid Abroad Management Account 10
Complaints Register 10
Annual accounts 11
Audit 12
Appendix 1 –structure and objectives of the Trust 13
Appendix 2 – Annual accounts
Appendix 3 – Audit Documentation

Our mission

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Australian Trust aims to break the cycle of poverty and those that are disadvantaged in South Africa by supporting the social justice, education and health initiatives managed by the University of Cape Town. Garnering support from Australian alumni, the UCT Australian Trust will facilitate development by providing financial aid, strategy and appraisal of selected initiatives and volunteering services to assist in empowering disadvantaged individuals and communities to rise above poverty.

History of the UCT Australian Trust

The UCT Australian Trust was founded in 2008 by a UCT alumni resident in Australia. The fund was officially launched in June 2011 by Dr Max Price, the University’s Vice Chancellor, with a series of alumni events held in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.
The fund raised over A$50,000 in the 2010/2011 tax year, over A$62,000 in the 2011/2012 tax year and over $140,000 in the 2012/2013 tax year, including tax deductible donations made to APHEDA Union Aid Abroad – UCT Australian Trust Management Account.
Structure and governance

Cape Town Foundation Limited is the trustee of the UCT Australian Trust. Staff of the Trust include the Chief Executive Officer, Lenore Plummer, and Secretary Ruth Thornton, both of whom are located in Sydney. Gary Shearer, the South African General Manager, is located in Cape Town.

Appendix 1 page 11 provides further information on the location and contact details for UCT Australian Trust staff.

Chairman’s report

Cape Town Foundation as trustee for the University of Cape Town Australian Trust

I am delighted to present this report on behalf of the Directors of the Cape Town Foundation Limited (Foundation) who act as Trustees of the University of Cape Town (UCT) Australian Trust (Trust).

UCT has many alumni in Australia and it is important that the Foundation continues to reach out to as many of these alumni as we can. We need to emphasise the importance of UCT to the development of Southern Africa and the need to create educational opportunities. We all acknowledge that making quality education affordable and available to as many as possible is one of the most important factors in reducing income inequality and the removal of the poverty spiral.

UCT alumni residing in Australia have all benefited from an excellent university education and it is imperative that the alumni consider how they would like to ‘give back” and assist disadvantaged communities, just as they were helped earlier in many diverse ways. In parallel, the UCT Australian Trust needs to be accessible and create sufficiently interesting and diverse functions to expose our local alumni to the continuing outstanding work being completed by the University and to make ‘giving back’ rewarding and tax efficient for the local alumni.

We wish to thank those Australian alumni who have made significant contributions to education in South Africa over the past year, and ask further alumni to step up, whether it is in the form of making tax deductible donations, providing bequests or assisting the Trust through volunteering or assisting with events.

The current financial year has again been a year of progress for the Trust.

A number of Australian alumni events were successfully held during the year. These included an address by Professor Karen Sliwa on management techniques to counter the decline of cardiovascular health amongst young women in Africa. The Vice Chancellor, Dr Max Price, attended alumni events in Sydney and Perth to provide an update of UCT successes and challenges in the management of social justice programs, and a theatre production of the internationally acclaimed “Warhorse” was attended by Sydney alumni. Warhorse’s creators, UCT alumni Boris Jones and Adrian Kohler, were recently awarded honorary Doctorates of Literature.

Donations to the UCT Development programs continue to be made primarily through APHEDA, Union Aid Abroad, in order to achieve tax deductible donations.

The UCT Australian Trust is a member of the Australian Council for International Development, after fulfilling the exacting Code of Compliance requirements and we have contributed to the African and Small Foundations working parties.

A list of aid and development projects that the UCT Australian Trust has contributed to or identified is expanded in the annual report. This is a small cross-section of all the outstanding work

that continues to be completed and supported by the University and the various foundations. A number of these projects have close ties to the Australian Foundation and we are rightly proud of their continuing success and the plans to expand these programs to other Faculties and other South African Universities. Please read about these programs in this annual report.

In conclusion, I would like to thank my fellow directors for their contribution, our hard-working executives Lenore Plummer, CEO of the Foundation, Ruth Thornton our Secretary, who have arranged the successful alumni functions, as well as updating the database, completing the administration workload, assisting the UCT alumni team in South Africa and ensuring that the running of the Foundation is more productive and rewarding. Our thanks also go to our South African Manager, Gary Shearer, who has assisted with the management and appraisal of our South African development programs.

Wayne Spanner December 2013


At the April 3 2013 Board Meeting, Duncan Saville retired as chairman of the board and Wayne Spanner was elected as Chairman. Our thanks go to Duncan for providing the strategy and momentum of the leadership of the UCT Australian Trust through the formative years.

Wayne Spanner – Chairman

Wayne Spanner is Managing Partner of Norton Rose Australia and a member of the Norton Rose Group Global Executive Committee. Prior to being elected as Norton Rose Australia's Managing Partner, Wayne was part of the Norton Rose Australia Executive, Head of Norton Rose Australia's Disputes Group and Global Head of the Employment and Labour Group.

Wayne is a litigator with a specialty in employment and labour law. He holds a Master’s from Oxford, a law degree from the University of Cape Town and has more than 20 years' experience covering South Africa, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Duncan Saville

Duncan Saville graduated from UCT with a BCom and with a BCom (Hons) in 1977. He is a chartered accountant and director of ICM Limited, and an international fund manager.

Arnold Conyer

Arnold has a BA LLB from UCT and is a partner at the law firm Diamond Conway. He has specialist expertise in the field of immigration law and has lectured extensively at a number of pre-eminent international legal forums. He is the immediate past President of the Migration Institute of Australia and the immediate past Chairman of the Migration Agents Registration Authority. He is also a registered migration agent and is one of the few individuals to hold specialist accreditation in immigration law.

Malcolm Dunn

Malcolm is the Director, Executive Development Services, at AGSM Executive Programs, Australian School of Business at the University of New South Wales.

Malcolm is a qualified psychotherapist and has worked with boards and senior executives from both public and private sectors. Prior to joining AGSM Executive Programs, Malcolm was a partner at Booz & Co., where he was responsible for strategy projects at major multinational firms, including financial services companies. Malcolm holds a Bachelor of Business / Bachelor of Science from UCT and a graduate diploma in Finance and Psychotherapy.

Robert Estcourt

Robert graduated from UCT in 1971 with an Honors degree in Economics before completing a Master’s in Finance at Exeter University.  He has worked in the investment industry in Johannesburg, Wellington, Sydney and London.  Currently he chairs the Woolcock Medical Research Institute in Sydney and sits on a number of small investment company boards.

Anne Sarzin

Anne completed her PhD (English Literature), MA and BA at the University of Cape Town and a BA Honours (cum laude) at the University of Natal.

Anne is the Principal and Director of Write 4 U: Corporate Communications, a writing, editing, proofreading company drawing clients from a broad range of sectors, including medicine and healthcare, law, IT, property development, scientific research and academia.

In April 2010, Anne and her daughter Lisa Sarzin co-authored the book Hand in Hand: Jewish and Indigenous people working together, which was launched in 2010 by the former NSW Minister for Community Services, Linda Burney MP.

Jonathan Trollip

Jonathan graduated in 1979 from UCT with a BA and obtained a BA (Hons) in 1980 and LLM in 1985 from the University of London.  He was admitted as a solicitor in England and Australia and in private legal practice until 1994. Since then, Jonathan is a principal and director of the Sydney-based Meridian International Capital Limited. He was chair of The SCEGGS Trust Limited 2007-2012 and holds other private company directorships.


In October 2012, visiting UCT Professor Karen Sliwa met with alumni and invited cardiovascular doctors on the topic of the detection and management of cardiovascular disease in women of childbearing age in Africa. Confirmed by large screening programs, a high prevalence of hypertension, obesity and cardiovascular disease is prevalent in Africa, resulting from poverty induced poor Western diet and genetic factors. Innovative management programs have been instigated through the township antenatal and neonatal health care centres to help overcome inequality in cardiovascular health.

In April 2013 the Vice Chancellor, Dr Max Price, addressed Sydney alumni on the updated state of education in South Africa and the UCT’s response to the low rates of students matriculating to UCT from the nearby informal settlements. Dr Price explained the UCT’s enrolment policies and retention of excellence in academic standards.

Dr Price also addressed a breakfast meeting in Perth, attended by UCT alumni and members of the local South African business community.

In June 2013 over 30 alumni and friends attended a production of War Horse at the Lyric Theatre, Sydney. The Handspring Puppets Theatre’s directors and creators of the lifelike horse puppets, UCT alumni Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler, were awarded honorary UCT Doctorates of Literature in 2012.

Aid and Development Activities

In 2012/2013 the UCT Australian Trust board and donors have prioritised education in South Africa as the main funding recipient – in response to the continuing education crisis in South Africa, and a wish to provide greater equality in education.

The UCT Australian Trust has supported a number of programs in education and health on the basis of greatest need, donor wishes and emphasis on sustainable development. A full list of these programs and a description of their aims and achievements can be found in Appendix 1 page 13.

In 2012/2013 the following units were selected by members, directors and staff for support through financial aid, strategic advice and volunteering services.

School Development Unit

The primary and high school system in South Africa is in crisis and has not improved for many disadvantaged communities since apartheid ended. Many teachers have emigrated over the past 30 years and many teachers in disadvantaged communities themselves received a basic education. Many teachers are underqualified, especially in language, maths and science. Of 2900 students who graduated from 20 high schools in the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town in 2011, only 20 graduated with a high enough pass to attend UCT. In the Khayelitsha primary schools, currently around 15% of students in grade 6 pass the national benchmarks in literacy and numeracy.

The UCT’s SDU has a three-pronged approach to improving school education in disadvantaged areas:

  • Providing bursaries for teachers to upskill in the areas of maths, science and language through advanced certificates of education (ACE)

  • Selecting 100 high-school students from 20 high schools in Khayelitsha to be mentored, tutored and counselled over years 10 to 12

  • Providing intervention programs aand screening for learning difficulties in years R and 1 in primary schools in Khayelitsha.

Impact – the ACE program is gaining acceptance among teachers, and greater numbers of teachers are qualified to teach maths and science. The long-term results of early school interventions will be researched over the students’ later educational outcomes. Initial results with the grade 3 benchmark tests shows signs of improvement, although higher grades require further improvement.

Education Assistance packages for Disadvantaged University Students

The UCT Australian Trust continues to support disadvantaged students to study at UCT, including fees and support to live on campus.

Research has shown that unless disadvantaged students live on campus and are financially assisted, they have a low probability of completing their degree. This is due to financial hardship, poor living conditions at home, including intermittent lack of electricity and internet, no running water, no toilets, lack of safety for female students returning after dark and long commute times.

Living on campus allows students to eat well, have access to library and internet, access to tutoring, mentoring and a good studying environment. UCT is committed to providing financial assistance to all students from disadvantaged communities who qualify academically.

UCT Australian Trust alumni remain keen to support disadvantaged youth so that they may receive the same excellent education they received and improve employment prospects, hence breaking the cycle of poverty. Students are encouraged to give back to their community.

Education Development Unit (EDU)

Located within the Commerce Department, the EDU accepts disadvantaged students who demonstrate potential, mainly from urban townships and rural areas, to complete their Commerce or Business degrees over a four-to-five-year time frame. Additional counselling, tutoring, mentoring, life skills, language assistance and employment opportunities are provided and students are financially supported to live on campus.

Results – Graduation rates have risen to 75% in the EDU, compared to 50% in the comparable mainstream courses, even though course content and standards are identical. Pass rates for postgraduate students have risen to 84%, well above national benchmarks.

Impact -A degree empowers students from poverty stricken areas to achieve employment and to become leaders in their communities. EDU students are highly sought after by employers and serve as role models for younger students in their communities. Many students tutor schoolchildren in university breaks. A higher graduation rate increases employment in South Africa in areas of skills shortage, assists the economic development of the country and produces future leaders. It reduces the high cost to the nation of a non-graduating student and problems of unemployment in townships.

Evaluation – The EDU has been one of the University’s most successful development programs and the model has been implemented in the Humanities faculty.

Womens’ Perinatal Mental Health Centre

This unit is situated in the Hanover Park township’s Womens’ Medical Centre. While this is a maternity unit, the UCT Medical Faculty has initiated a mental health unit within the centre.

Mental health is a major problem in South Africa. Women who attend the centre for their antenatal checkups are screened for depression. Around 50% are found to be suffering from this condition, a result of domestic violence, HIV ( often diagnosed during pregnancy), crowded living conditions, youth, low self-esteem, lack of education, abandonment by partner, unemployment and refugee status. Women are subsequently treated with counselling sessions during antenatal and postnatal checkups. These visits are convenient, low cost, attract no mental health stigma and are effective in treating the condition.

Impact – improved mental health has had improved outcomes for both mother and child. General health improves (depression leads to non-compliance with HIV and other medications), improved mother-child bond, greater resilience and employment confidence.

Evaluation – the unit wishes to increase screening for all women attending the medical centre if funding can be increased, due to the high prevalence of mental illness and the positive outcomes of counselling.

Volunteering Services

The UCT Australian Trust is participating directly with the following programs in South Africa.

School Development Unit

UCT Speech pathologist Alumna and NSW resident, Olwen Morgen, has developed a teacher training program for the School Development Unit to be instigated in 4 Khayelitsha Primary School in grades R and 1. The course aims to train teachers to identify students with speech, hearing and learning difficulties in the early school years. UCT speech pathology students will also be trained to provide intervention programs to support students identified by teachers, which will be undertaken in their 6 week clinical placement modules.

Promotion of UCT Education Packages to South African High Schools

While the UCT Student Assistance Office conducts marketing activities to promote the existence of financial assistance packages for all highly disadvantaged students who matriculate to UCT, such as print and radio advertising, significant numbers of students from urban and rural informal settlements remain unaware of financial assistance packages available for impoverished students. The UCT Australian Trust has identified South African partners to promote the financial assistance packages available directly to high schools.

Education Development Unit

UCT Australian Trust South African manager, Gary Shearer, and UCT Australian trust Director, Duncan Saville, have been directly involved in the Annual Awards for EDU students over the past 5 years. These awards aim to reward achievement, and provide incentives to aim for excellence in education amongst the cohort of disadvantaged students.

Non- Financial Donations to the UCT Australian Trust

Resimac Limited has provided the services of employee Lenore Plummer to manage the activities and governance of the UCT Australian Trust. They have donated office space, computer, printing and boardroom space for activities, administration and the AGM.

Mark Nicholaeff and Ciara McLoughlin of UHY Haines Norton Auditors and Accountants have provided pro bono auditing services to the UCT Australian Trust.

Marjorie McIntosh Nursing and Midwifery Bursaries

UCT Australian Trust member and major donor, Noel McIntosh, has founded these bursaries to enable disadvantaged students achieve a career in Midwifery, a vocation followed by Noel’s mother, Marjorie, in Cape Town for over 30 years. This will involve mentoring the reciepients.

APHEDA – Union Aid Abroad

Following the establishment of a Management Account with APHEDA in March 2012, the majority of donations to the UCT Australian Trust are made directly to APHEDA rather than to the UCT Australian Trust bank account. This enables tax deductible donations to be made to the University of Cape Town’s social development programs. The Trust wishes to thank Ken Davis and Karel Solomon of APHEDA for their continued assistance and support.

While the UCT Australian Trust does not yet have tax deductible status, an application for DGR1 status will be lodged with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2014, which will streamline administrative processes.

Australian Council for International Development(ACFID)

The UCT Australian Trust retains membership of ACFID. This entails commitment to the highest standards of governance and accountability for members and adherence to the ACFID Code of Conduct. Further details on ACFID and the Code can be found at The association provides training, support and advice on the governance of the UCT Australian Trust.

To comply with the code, the UCT Australian Trust has formulated policies encompassing complaints handling, disability policy, non-development policy and child protection policy. These policies are available on request and can be found on the website

Complaints procedures and register

The UCT Australian Trust is committed to respond promptly to any complaint received by members, donors, staff and the public. The trust keeps a register of complaints. Any complaint will be presented at the following board meeting.

To lodge a complaint about the governance, administration or fundraising of the UCT Australian Trust, contact should be made in the first instance to Lenore Plummer, CEO, Level 9, 45 Clarence St Sydney 2000, or at or on 0416034971.

The CEO will respond immediately to the complaint by phone and in writing where appropriate.

If this complaint is not resolved, or if a breach of the ACFID Code of Conduct is deemed to have occurred, a complaint may be made to ACFID at Private bag 3, Deakin ACT 2600 or or on 02 61829222. accounts 2012/2013

The UCT Australian Trust accounts are presented in Appendix 2, page xx.

Summary of income, expenditure and financial health

Donations of $ 53,228 were made directly to the Trust, $10 earned in bank interest and $2,505 was raised from the June 2013 film night, A Common Practice. In addition, over $88,000 was donated directly to APHEDA – Union Aid Abroad – UCT Australian Trust Management Account and distributed directly to the University of Cape Town.

The expenses for the 2012-2013 financial year totalled $2,848 in bank fees, government and ACFID fees. $51,978 was distributed to the University of Cape Town’s Development Department for disbursement to the individual projects nominated.

The UCT Australian Trust closed the year with assets or $1,602.

There are no plans to build the corpus of the Trust, merely to develop a cash buffer for administration and accountability expenses.

Audit 2012/2013

The UCT Australian Trust has been audited by Mark Nicholaeff, Partner of UHY Haines Norton. The audit report and accompanying documentation can be found in Appendix 2 and 3.

We again wish to thank UHY Haines Norton for their continued support of the UCT Australian Trust.

Lenore Plummer

Chief Executive Officer, University of Cape Town Australian Trust - December 2013

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