Tirhani foundation NPC’s fundraising events are mainly done in partnership; with third party organisations such as fundraising actions. charitable foundations. corporate foundations. universities. schools. political parties etc.
Tirhani Foundationsfacilitates SMME and Enterprises Development; mainly through interventions such as skills development mentorship coaching internship and apprenticeship.
Whilst success as an entrepeneur depends more on natural talent/traits than acquired knowledge and skills, Tirhani Foundation NPC has designed programs which cultivate the entrepeneurial culture and spirit among high school pupils, school leavers and graduates.
“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime” – Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1837 – 1919)
True to Ritchies quotation, Tirhani Foundation NPC’s modus operandi is inspired by a philosophy that ‘It is more worthwhile to teach someone to do something than to do it for them’. Tirhani Foundation NPC believes that interventions that promote dependency by making beneficiaries passive recipients of donor funds instead of promoting self-sufficiency do more harm than good. Accordingly, Tirhani Foundation NPC support self-sustainable developmental initiatives and programs as opposed to once-off donations and handouts.
“Inspire job creators and you breed self-reliance; breed job-seekers and you create dependency” – Tirhani Ezekial Mabunda (1963 – Date)
Tirhani Foundation NPC was founded by Tirhani Group Holdings (Pty) Ltd www.tirhaniholdings.co.za, a 100% BEE holdings and investment company with interests in diversified companies across different industries. Tirhani Group Holdings was; itself, founded by Tirhani Mabunda, a serial entrepeneur, self-made businessman, academic and administrator. While financial prosperity is a key determinant of Tirhani Group Holdings’ success, socio-economis impact is a key driver; particularly job creation, poverty alleviation and reduction of inequality. Accordingly, Tirhani Foundation NPC has been established to fulfill Tirhani Group Holdings’ articulated objectives for socio-economic impact and other charitable and philanthropic initiatives.
“To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only purpose of life”– Baruch Spinoza Tirhani Foundation NPC focuses its interventions and charitable initiatives only on a few areas with a view to achieve greater socio-economic impact by unlocking people’s potential and facilitating fulfilled lives. Our choice of focus areas is informed by our desire to support self-sustainable developmental initiatives and programs as opposed to once-off donations and handouts. Tirhani Foundation NPC currently supports interventions within three focus areas; namely, career guidance/development, entrepreneurship and SMME development, each of which is briefly outlined here under:
Tirhani Foundation NPC’s career development interventions assist learners to make informed decisions about life after school, particularly the transition from school to tertiary eduction and training, as well as the connection between career development and the world of work. Amongst others, our career development initiatives include the following:
- Early Intervention:
Tirhani Foundation NPC has designed programs which assist grade 8 and 9 learners to identify their interests and career preferences long before they choose their grade 10 subject streams and ultimately make their transition from school to tertiary education and training. Assisting learners to discover their interests and career preferences at an early stage goes a long way to help them realise their full potential.
- Experiential Education:
Tirhani Foundation NPC has designed programs which expose young learners to as many careers as possible across different fields long before they make their career choices. The programs also secure the involvement/support of industries and businesses in and around schools in order to give learners acess to experiential learning and real life experimentation with practicing professionals.
Whilst success as an entrepeneur depends more on natural talent/traits than acquired knowledge and skills, Tirhani Foundation NPC has designed programs which cultivate the entrepeneurial culture and spirit among high school pupils, school leavers and graduates. Tirhani Foundation NPC’s programs expose high school pupils, school leavers and graduates to the possibilties of creating their own jobs or starting their own businesses, instead of seeking jobs. The programs demystify the myth of entrepeneurship by revealing the personality traits and characteristics necessary for entrepeneurs to succeed, such as creativity, imagination, passion, independence, persistence, drive (hard work), self-reliance, competitiveness, appetite for risk, being a self-starter, etc.
SMME and Enterprise Development
Tirhani Foundation NPC facilitates SMME and Enterprise Development; mainly through interventions such as skills development, mentorship, coaching, internships and apprenticeships as briefly outlined hereunder:
- Skills Development:
Tirhani Foundation NPC’s skills development programs include learnerships and skills programs for business skills and technical skills. Tirhani Foundation NPC sources grant funding from development organisations such as Sector Education Training Authorities (SETAs) and corporate skills development.
- Mentorship and Coaching:
Tirhani Foundation NPC mobilises corporate and individual professionals to provide SMME and Enterprise Development in kind by contributing their resources and expertise in the foundation’s SMME mentorship and coaching programs.
- Internships and Apprenticeships:
Tirhani Foundation NPC has designed programs which expose students and graduates to unpaid, paid or partially paid internships (white collar/professional careers) and apprenticeships (trade/vocational jobs), in order to give them the opportunities for on-the-job training and workplace experience. Tirhani Foundation NPC sources grants and stipends from development organisations such as Sector Education Training Authorities (SETAs) and corporates to fund its internships and apprenticeships programs.
“Help the weak if you are strong” – Bob Marley
Tirhani Foundation NPC mobilises funding mainly through the following sources:
Endowments from Tirhani Group Holdings
As a private foundation, Tirhani Foundation NPC is primarily endowed from annual CSI contributions derived from the subsidiary companies of the founder (Tirhani Group Holdings). Each Tirhani Group Holdings subsidiary company contributes 5% of its net profit after tax (NPAT) annually for CSI to Tirhani Foundation NPC. In return, Tirhani Foundation NPC assists contributing subsidiary companies with the fulfillment of their B-BBEE scorecard requirements.
Considering that the flagship of Tirhani Foundation NPC’s founder (Tirhani Group Holdings) is Tirhani Auctioneers, which is South Africa’s biggets black-owned and black-managed auction company, Tirhani Foundation NPC leverages Tirhani Aucioneers’ in-house auction capabilties for fundraising purposes. Tirhani Foundation NPC’s fundraising events are mainly done in partnership with third party organisations such as charitable foundations, corporate foundations, universities, schools, political parties, etc. As a not-for-profit organisation, all revenue and commission generated through Tirhani Foundation NPC’s fundraising auction activities are retained for the foundation’s self-preservation, expansion and charitable purposes.
Tirhani Foundation NPC solicits grant and donor funding from developmental organisations and agencies which identify with the socio-economic impact objectives articulated in the foundation’s vision and mission statements. Potential funders and donors in this regard include government departments, government agencies, parastatals, NGOs, as well as global and local charitable organisations. Tirhani Foundation NPC also applies for grant funding from developmental organisations such as Sector Education Training Authorities (SETAs) to provide skills development, mentorships, internships, etc.
CSI Contributions from Third Party Foundations and Corporates
Tirhani Foundation NPC solicits CSI contributions from third party foundations and corporates in lieu of the fulfillment of B-BBEE scorecard requirements through interventions such as skills development (SD), enterprise and supplier development (ESD), and socio-economic development (SED)
Tirhani Foundation NPC presently offer seven programs briefly introduced hereunder. Participants for Tirhani Foundation NPC’s programs are selected from the most rural and disadvantged schools and communities.
“The real tragedy of life is not that each of us doesn’t have enough talents, it’s that we fail to discover and use the ones we have” – Marcus Buckingham
It takes someone who knows him/herself well to make fulfilling career choices. Many people wander through life aimlessly and fumble their way through career identification. Tirhani Foundation NPC uses well researched tools and programs such as Strengths Finder assessments and Guiding Circles workbooks to help participating pupils navigate the journey through school towards career discovery and work. The Self-discovery Program is delivered by Tirhani Foundation NPC facilitators and professionals.
Career Awareness Program
The Career Awareness Program targets grade 8 pupils who are transported to universities and colleges in and around the vicinity of their schools during the weekends where they get exposed to as many careers and professions offered at such institutions. The different career options are presented by post-graduate students at the participating universities and colleges.
Career Discovery Program
The Career Discovery Program targets grade 9 pupils graduating from the Career Awareness Program. The main outcome of the Career Awareness Program is for particpants to narrow their career preferences to a maximum of five fields. Participants are then offered the opportunity to sample/experiment with each of their chosen careers at universities, colleges and businesses in relevant settings and workplace environments under the tutelage of post-graduate students and practicing professionals.
The Entrepeneurship Program uses case studies and practical exercises to expose high school pupils, school leavers and graduates to the possiblities of creating their own jobs or starting their own businesses, instead of seeking jobs. Participants are engaged and encouraged to initiate real life entrepeneurial projects.
SMME and Enterprise Development Program
The SMME and Enterprise Development Program is delivered as outlined under the ‘What We Do’ section of this profile.
SMME Mentorship and Coaching Program
The SMME Mentorship and Coaching Program is delivered as outlined under the ‘What We Do’ section of this profile.
Internship and Apprenticeship Program
The Internship and Apprenticeship Program is delivered as outlined under the ‘What We Do’ section of this profile.
Tirhani has had an illustrative career as an administrator, educator and entrepeneur. Tirhani started his career as a clerk in the civil service in 1981, branched to teaching in 1988 and became registrar of the Giyani College of Education between July 1990 and December 1993.
Tirhani started his business career on a part-time basis when he ventured into the taxi business in 1988. Tirhani launched his formal business career within the retail sector in 1993, owning two Nandos franchises by 1995. During 1996 and the early part of 1997, Tirhani did part-time consulting for Statomet; a research division of the University of Pretoria. This development started Tirhani’s consulting career.
He moved to Johannesburg and joined Africa Now Consulting as MD in 1997. Shortly thereafter, Tirhani co-founded Plus 94 Research in 1998 and served as Executive Director until 2000. Tirhani founded Tirhani Group Holdings in 2000 www.tirhaniholdings.co.za, a holdings and investment company with interests in diverse industries; including auctioneering, construction, funeral services, investments, logistics, resources, technologies, training and skills development.
Tirhani is a shareholder and director of more than a dozen companies, with annual turnover of more than R300 million. Tirhani is well read, and holds numerous academic and professional qualifications. He completed a PhD (MOTI): Management of Technology and Innovation with Da Vinci Institute Business School of Leadership. Tirhani is a business and community leader who holds numerous past and present positions as chairperson of professional bodies.
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