Who we are

Bitou 10 Fpindation16Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant becomes a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that the child of farm workers can become the president of a nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another. 

- Nelson Mandela -

The Bitou 10 Education and Development Foundation (Bitou 10 Foundation) evolved out of the Cadbury School Development Initiative (CSDI) and was launched on 13 March 2006 as an Association incorporated under section 21 of The Companies Act 1973. The Foundation was officially launched by Naledi Pandor, the then Minister of education on 1 November 2007.

The Bitou 10 Foundation has provided support services to local state schools since 2006 and has acquired a deep understanding of the needs of the learners, teachers, schools and communities within Bitou. The organisation has an agreement with Western Cape Education Department’s (WCED) Circuit 4 team to work together to achieve common goals

As a community-based organisation, the Bitou 10 Foundation has provided educational development and support to the local education sector, addressing key factors that impact on the quality of teaching, learning and performance at all levels in the area. 

Since the education sector is a microcosm of South African education, this makes Bitou an ideal environment for testing innovative approaches to educational support. If successful, these approaches could be replicated in other communities throughout South Africa.


Board Members

Marietta Van Rooyen


Mlulami Faleni


Colin Wildeman


Jean Jullies


Douglas Baartman


Dianne Kloka-Speight


Office Staff

Sooneela Naina


Madeleen Janse Van Vuuren

Finance and Administration Officer