Saturday, 8 June 2019

Sunday, 14 October 2018

New website in the coming months

We are busy with the  launch of a new website for Sizanani mentorship programme. We are currently in the process of updating all the information on this blog.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Sizanani will celebrate its 10 years anniversary on October 14 th at St Mary’s School.

The Sizanani Mentorship Programme assists 300 learners from Alexandra township who benefit from extra tuition classes at St Mary’s school (Ikusasa Lethu).  Sizanani provide them with mentors (successful professionals) who play a crucial role in building self-esteem of those learners and providing them with information, counselling, motivation, communication skills or study tips. This year, 82 mentors from various fields of industry (including 42 from France) are coaching 137 learners. 


 Sizanani offers also life skills development, career guidance and job shadowing opportunities; help them to enter tertiary education and provide funding and laptops to some students. 
The RATP Foundation, Bombela operating company and Wallonia Brussels international have been the main sponsors of the programme (mainly students bursaries). The ONG is certified B-BBEE level 4.
Sizanani is looking for companies interested to support our activities, by encouraging their staff to become mentor, by offering company visit, job shadowing to our school learners, as well as training, internship or job placements for our students and graduates. It is also in need of funding to hire a local assistant and support students bursaries

Additional information can be obtained from Valérie Hirsch at 083 7507725 –

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Nsfas - deadline for appeal is end of this month

If your student loan was not approved, you need to launch an appeal before the end of February

Next induction meeting on March 11

Are you interested to become a mentor ?

On Saturday 18 of February, 20 new mentors joined the programme and met Grade 10 and 11 learners

Our second induction meeting for new mentors will be held on March 11, 2017, at 12 30 pm, at St Mary’s school in Waverley, near Sandton.

Please contact Sizanani manager: Valérie Hirsch – 083 750 77 25

Facebook: Sizanani Mentors 

Scam !

Beware of the scam regarding the Sizanani engineering bursary - don't pay any deposit of R350 into the account of MT Rafalelo ! This is a scam

Friday, 20 January 2017

February 18, 2017 - First induction meeting for new mentors - join us !

Do you think “education is the most powerful tool to change the world” ? Do you want to help young learners to achieve their dreams and get a university degree?

You can make a huge difference in the life of young people from Alexandra township.

Mentors and mentees during a guided tour of the street art in Johannesburg

The “Sizanani mentorship program” was launched 10 years ago. Our mentors are South African and foreign professionals who coach Grade 10, 11 or 12 learner(s) from Alexandra township. Learners and mentees are part of the “IKusasa Lethu project”, run by St Mary’s school (Waverley) which offers Saturday classes in five subjects to top learners of Alexandra high schools.
In 2016, 85 mentors – from South Africa, France and other countries – took care of 131 mentees. Mentors are expected to meet their mentee(s) once a month on an outing independently organized or with other mentors. Sizanani also proposes collective outings and activities throughout the year (exhibitions, camps in the Magaliesberg, talent show, etc.).  Mentors play a crucial role by providing mentees with career information, counselling, motivation, communication skills and study tips. Except for the outings, there is no financial involvement in the programme.
Motivational speakers, representatives of tertiary institutions, professionals and students are invited every month to talk to our learners. Workshops are also organised to help them choose their future career.

Thanks to our sponsors, many of our ex-mentees, now studying at University, have been assisted with bursaries.
Are you interested to become a mentor or to share your professional experience with our learners? 
Are you willing to donate a used laptop or calculator to one of our students? Or would you like to help with funding?
Our first induction meeting for new mentors will be held on February 18, 2017, at 12 pm, at St Mary’s school in Waverley, near Sandton.

Please contact Sizanani manager: Valérie Hirsch – 083 750 77 25 - Facebook: Sizanani Mentors