In 1996, Africa Foundation, our community development partner, launched the CLEF (Community Leaders Education Fund) tertiary education bursary programme in South Africa. In the years following, CLEF has expanded to Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana and Namibia.
The CLEF programme provides promising young leaders from rural communities bordering our operations with the opportunity of a tertiary education that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.
The compounded impact of this successful programme – which has a first-time pass rate of 96% – extends beyond the students. Tertiary education unlocks the door to increased job opportunities and earning potential. Consequently, unemployment levels are reduced, family household incomes are supplemented and communities are uplifted.