Presidential Golf Day to raise funds for the poor

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

As part of post State of the Nation Address (SONA) activities, the annual Presidential Golf Challenge (PGC) is scheduled for Thursday to raise funds for a social responsibility initiative.

The purpose of the PGC is to raise funds for charities designated by the sitting President, while simultaneously facilitating an opportunity for networking among decision-makers within the private sector and entities from the three spheres of government.

“The initiative, coordinated by the Ministry of Public Service and Administration, is a joint effort with the private sector to partake in developmental initiatives to empower society, with this year’s contributions to be made to the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (CRF),” ministry spokesperson Joe Makhafola said on Tuesday.

The golf day, which will start at 8am on Thursday, will be held at the Atlantic Beach Golf Estate in Cape Town, while the fundraising dinner will be held at Century City Conference Centre, also in Cape Town.

Makhafola said the golf event will afford the President an opportunity to continue to emphasise the role of business in economic development and growth, using education as a tool for sustainable development and economic growth, and to also allow for corporate social investment alignment that seeks to make education for the poor a reality.

The Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation will, in turn, distribute the proceeds to deserving charities. 

The CRF, formerly known as the Shanduka Foundation, was established in 2004 by the Shanduka Group and its founder, President Cyril Ramaphosa.

In 2015, the foundation changed its name to Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation and became an independent organisation.

Over the past decade of its existence, the foundation has had a meaningful impact on the economic and social development of South Africa by making a remarkable difference in the lives and circumstances of many underprivileged individuals.

Attending the golf day will be Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Members of Executive Councils; Directors-General, Heads of State-owned enterprises and executives from the private sector. -

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