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Years in grant-making

> R1,5bn

Funds disbursed

Watch Thandi Orleyn, the Zenex Foundation’s chairperson and founding Trustee, speak to the evolution of the Foundation since 1995. .


The Zenex Foundation is an independent education grant-maker established in 1995 to improve teaching and learning outcomes in language and mathematics in South Africa. This strategic focus is driven by evidence of a proven relationship between language proficiency and success in mathematics, as critical for overall learner achievement. The Foundation’s experience and expertise reinforce its reputation as a leading and influential grant-maker.

The Foundation’s entire budget is committed to the fields of language and mathematics in basic education. To date, the Zenex Foundation has disbursed over R1,5 billion in the South African education sector, the impact of which continues to be evaluated through extensive research, monitoring and evaluation to ensure that every investment drives the advancement of education.

The Foundation’s value proposition lies in its mission to strengthen the education system through delivering evidence-based grant-making, playing a thought leadership role and building strong partnerships with all stakeholders, including government, donors, implementing agencies and researchers. Every project it invests in is driven by the vision of creating an equitable and just education system that empowers young people to participate in the growth, development, and transformation of South Africa.