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​Sharing insights, experiences and pearls of wisdom through partnership with the Kagiso Trust​

The University of Johannesburg was honoured to be a part of the Kagiso Trust's anniversary roadshow in 2015. As the 30th anniversary is associated with pearls, the theme of the roadshow was 'collecting and sharing pearls of wisdom'. UJ's Soweto Campus hosted a community engagement workshop which examined and shed light on future financial models for NGOs.

The Kagiso Trust is committed to improving the quality of life for all South Africans, creating sustainable projects to benefit the people who need their assistance most at a grassroots level. Amongst their many projects include a focus on education, through supporting and uplifting poor rural schools to raise the level of education that they can provide. The Trust sets itself apart from other NGOs through the establishment of Kagiso Trust Investments, which generates the funds needed to make the Trust self-sustaining.​

On 16 April 2015, community stakeholders and NGOs came together at UJ's Soweto Campus to share their knowledge and experiences. The day centred around panel discussions featuring speakers such as Thebe Foundation CEO Mokgethi Tshabalala; Khosi Ratsomo, founder and MD of GAD Consulting Services INC; and Thabiso Ratsomo, a Trustee of the Kagiso Trust. The workshop attendees were then divided into smaller groups for in-depth discussions and networking opportunities. Overall, the event was a great success, an enriching experience for all who participated. UJ looks forward to collaborating with the Kagiso Trust on many more projects in the future and further solidifying the partnership.