Construction sector insurers to contribute to improved education in South Africa

The Federated Employers’ Mutual Education Foundation (FEMEF), an initiative of the Federated Employers Mutual Assurance Company (RF) (PTY) LTD (FEM), has confirmed its support of the Partners for Possibilities (PfP) programme, by funding the leadership development of 100 principals, from under-resourced schools in impoverished communities.

Established in January 2017, with the goal of supporting impactful, systemically orientated interventions in education, the foundation focuses on interventions of a scalable nature – a trademark feature of the PfP programme.

FEMEF’s support will enable Symphonia for South Africa, through the PfP programme, achieve its goal of reaching over 250 under-resourced schools during the 2018 financial year. Schools to benefit from the funding will participate in circles in the Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The first series of these partnerships will be launched in June 2018.

PfP Stakeholder Engagement Lead, Robyn Whittaker, noted the enormity of the FEMEF collaboration:

‘’We are extremely grateful to the FEMEF, and its Board of Trustees, for their vote of confidence in PfP. In addition to enabling 100 partnerships through their generous support of the principals, three of the trustees nominees will be personally participating in the programme as business leader partners.’’

PfP’s recent ‘700 partnerships in seven years’ celebration event in Johannesburg featured an address by FEM CEO  and chairman of FEMEF Ndivhuwo Manyonga, where she briefly touched on the importance of creating a pro-education society, and the exciting partnership between FEMEF and PfP:

‘’As a daughter of a retired principal who hails from Venda, Limpopo, I truly appreciate the challenges faced by school principals in South Africa.’’

‘’FEMEF aims to partner with organisations that are aligned with our vision. We want to support the often overlooked schools in South Africa – the low quintile primary schools. We were able to find common ground with the PfP programme in this respect,’’ she added.

Other organisations funded through FEMEF include, Making A Difference (MAD) Leadership Foundation and Columba Leadership Trust. It is hoped that PfP’s existing collaborative engagements with these organisations will enable significant, transformative change in schools, where two, or all three organisations work with the assistance of FEMEF.

FEM was established as a mutual insurer in 1936, to provide Workmen’s Compensation to the construction industry. They operate under license to the Department of Labour. FEM is a private organisation and prides itself in the exceptional service offered to employers and employees in the construction industry. Contact FEM on

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