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Zeekoegat Review 2018

Zeekoegat Primary School Trust

Donations to Feeding Scheme

Donations to Feeding Scheme

Food Donations to our Feeding Scheme – First National Bank – Oudtshoorn

To all our benefactors for their donations and continued support, thank-you! Our Teachers, learners and Zeekoegat Trust appreciate every single donation, with your continued support we will continue to strive for better education for our rural farm children.

Education starts with our toddlers.

Education starts with our toddlers.

“Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela

10 January 2018 – Zeekoegat School Project Review

As a Non- Profit Organisation, Zeekoegat Primary School Trust NPO 093-185, we raise funds privately in order to financially assist our rural farm school to continually improve the quality of education to our approximately 120 children at Zeekoegat Primary and Playschool.

Over the last 3 years we have found that funding is dwindling year on year and costs unfortunately remain increasing. Our funding from 2016 to 2017 decreased by 36%.

Therefore 2018/2019 our main challenge will be to work much harder at fund raising and in addition to that we will seriously need to relook our fixed monthly costs – see last page for financial analysis of 2017.

Looking at the financial expenses, our greatest expense is salaries – we as the Trust have 3 additional teachers that we employ so as to improve the level of education that the children receive.

This expense of R117’208.00 per year is more than crucial, as we are seeing hugely improved educational outcomes in our primary school learners. Our Pre-school is also essential so as to ensure that children that enter Zeekoegat Primary are school ready and it ensures a much better educational start for our learners.

Our Feeding Scheme too is essential in ensuring that all our children receive a meal at school and more importantly a healthy and balanced meal, twice daily. We spend R22’977.00 per year on this aspect.

Transport is another great expense, many of our children stay 5-7km from the school and we transport these learners daily, the cost per year amounts to R24’000.00.

Therefore these 3 crucial aspects of our project adds up to 71% of all our expenses = R164’185.00 of total of R231’824.00

Please see full financial breakdown on last page as per our Audited Financials of 2016/2017, full financials are available on our website:

Goals for 2018-2019

  • Education – Our need for extra private remedial teachers needs to be first priority – as far as funding is concerned
  • Educational materials/programs to assist in improving learning
  • Additional Kitchen and Bathroom Facilities need to be sourced
  • Upgrade of Eskom Power Supply to accommodate Computer Labs R18’000 required
  • Feeding Scheme – source additional donations to subsidise our costs
  • Vitamin B & Choline Supplements for our children
  • Our own Mini Bus for the transport of our toddlers/pupils as many stay far from the school up to 7km – cost entry level vehicle R400’300.00This will be our starting point for 2018 and further needs and priorities will be determined during the course of the year.


Bank Details

Account Name: Zeekoegat Primary School Trust

Bank Name: First National Bank

Account Code: 622 026 605 37

Branch Code: 210 414

Account Type: Call Account

Swift Code:FIRNZAJJ (International Deposits)

Bank Address: 132 High Street, Oudtshoorn, 6620 – South Africa

 Contact Details of Trust Members

  • Vanessa Engelbrecht – Trustee & Manager at Safari Ostrich Farm

Email: – Website:

Tel: +27 (0) 44 272 7311 or Fax: +27 (0) 44 272 5896

  • Paula Potgieter – Trustee & Owner at De Zeekoe Guest House

Email: – Website:

Tel: 044 272 6721

  • Stephen Menzies – Founder – Two Oceans Tours & Trustee

Email: – Website:


We have finalised our 2016-2017 Financial Statements for your to view. Please click on the link to view or download them : Financials 2016-2017 Full

Zeekoegat School Project – 2016

Donations 2015-2016                                                                                                  R162’703

Social Services Grant                                                                                                 R91’080

Interest Received                                                                                                        R759

Total Income:                                                                                                            R254’542

Accounting Fees                                                                                                          R2’394

Assets (Photocopier)                                                                                                   R8’929

Bank Charges                                                                                                              R3’226

Cleaning Materials                                                                                                     R1’814

Depreciation                                                                                                               R1’824

Employees Costs – Teachers                                                                                      R96’352

Entertainment – Year End Functions                                                                          R3’717

Feeding Scheme – 132 children                                                                                 R34’815

Repairs & Maintenance                                                                                              R27’665

Printing & Stationary                                                                                                  R2’928

Security (Armed Response)                                                                                        R4’005

Sport & Recreation                                                                                                     R18’509

General Expenses                                                                                                       R8’948

Total Expenses:                                                                                                          R215’126

Therefore with our donations in view we have managed to operate within and have saved R39’416 which will help with the year to come expenses.

Our next Audit will take place in February 2017 and we will be starting the school year with a Bank Balance of R43’723 + Social Grant R91’080 = R134’803 and a balance to be raised of approximately R80’000 to cut even with our expenses on average.

Our expenses at present are running at approximately R12’000-R15’000 per month of which the largest portion is Teacher Salaries = R9’500 per month for 3 additional teachers.

Scarves for Oudtshoorn

Louisa Lewie personally knitted 60 of the 120 scarves along with local ladies from Oudtshoorn.  This project was spearheaded by Ida Lipschitz – Co-owner of Safari Ostrich Farm.

These mostly retired ladies in the Oudtshoorn Community spent the whole summer feverishly knitting away for less fortunate children.  They have been knitting for years now for various needy children and send consignments of Jerseys, Beanies, Blankets and Dolls all over South Africa.  We are very grateful that they chose to again Zeekoegat Primary & Play School with much needed scarves.

A big Thank-you for African Eagle Canadian Group that gave us boxes of Stationary, toys, hair items and so much more! The children were thrilled and will enjoy colouring in with all their new pencils and crayons.

A wonderful Mandela Day thanks to Jaco & Angie van Zyl and their staff from Ocean Basket Oudtshoorn that brought food for all 130 children at our School.

Thank you to all our Benefactors for their donations to our Zeekoegat Project.  We have been blessed with wonderful donations.  Our children are doing so well when we started our project 9 years ago, we had an average pass rate of barely 40% now we are well over the 80%. This is largely thanks to your donations which allow for extra teachers and educational materials.

Goals for 2017

  1. Extra Remedial Teacher for Primary School – we require funding to the value of R48’000.00 for the year ahead. (R4000. Monthly a minimal salary)
  2. Vegetable Garden/s – we want to plant our new Vegetable Garden for Playschool and would like to put existing Vegetable Garden in a tunnel
  3. Kitchen/Office and Bathrooms & Kitchen Equipment required for De Zeekoe Play School, we have gotten first quote for 6m x 6m and the cost is R70’000
  4. Upgrade School’s power to allow for Computer Classes – R19’000
  5. Eye Tests for children–cost of Reading Glasses–approach organisations to assist.
  6. Feeding Scheme – continue to provide Healthy Balanced Meals for all the children
  7. Health Care – Vitamin Supplements required to assist in improving Health and Wellbeing of our children – malnutrition a problem
  8. Music Program and Facilities – music is proven to stimulate the brain
  9. Repair and Maintenance to Buildings – Paint, Cement work, etc


To all our benefactors that have donated towards our project we would like to say THANK YOU, all your donations make a difference daily in the lives of these children, we look forward to 2017 and will work hard to achieve our goals and add to them if we have the means to do so.


Vanessa Engelbrecht

Zeekoegat Primary School Trust


Zeekoegat Project Vision for 2016

NPO 193-185

Zeekoegat Trust is now going into its 9th Year of existence and we find ourselves yet again taking stock of what our Project has achieved, and more importantly, how can we improve, how can we achieve more for the children of the Welgeluk and Volmoed Farming Communities.

We support a local Rural Farm School and Playschool – Zeekoegat Primary and De Kleine Zeekoe. We started this project because we think that Education is one of the most important ways in which to improve the future of underprivileged children. We at Safari Ostrich Farm firmly believe in giving back to the Community within which our business operates.
Thank-you to all our Benefactors that supported our Project in the last year, every single cent is appreciated and used as best we can. We are approaching the end of our Financial Year in February and will then give you a Report back as to how much we were able to raise and how we spent your precious donations.

Zeekoegat Primary School Trust – September 2015 

Zeekoegat is a charity organisation set-up to help change the lives of dis-advantaged children from the farming district of Welgeluk and Volmoed – Oudtshoorn – Western Cape – South Africa.

The support financially that Zeekoegat Primary receives from Government to run a Primary & Play School, just simply is not enough and we face many challenges due to poverty within these farming communities.  We as the Trust are there to bridge the financial gab between the funding from the Government and what is actually required to run a good school. (more…)

Zeekoegat Project 

NPO 093-185

Zeekoegat Primary School Trust raises funds privately to support a small previously disadvantaged Primary & Pre-School School in Oudtshoorn – Western Cape – South Africa.  Located 7km on outskirts of Oudtshoorn on-route to Safari Ostrich Show Farm.

Zeekoegat Primary School


Zeekoegat Play School Jungle Gym

Great excitement this week when Zeekoegat Play School Jungle Gym was installed.  The children watched wide eyed as the Jungle Gym was put together and could barely wait to get a chance to try it out. (more…)

Thank-you, YOU made a difference!

With another financial year done and dusted for Zeekoegat Primary School Project, I want to take a moment and say Thank you, YOU made a difference!

In my previous newsletter I explained what we were able to raise financially for the year 01 March 2014 till 28 February 2015 and I went on to breakdown for you how we allocated those funds.  The most important role that we as the Trust play is to improve the children’s Education, so 63% of our funds are spent on additional educators.  Our Feeding Scheme is also crucial as a Hungry & Mal-nourished child can’t learn, 13% is spent on ensuring balanced healthy meals.  The rest can be broken down into the following:


Zeekoegat Primary School Trust – Annual Report February 2015

With the Zeekoegat Primary School Project we strive to change the lives of disadvantaged children from the farming district of Welgeluk and Volmoed – Oudtshoorn – Western Cape – South Africa.

The support financially that Zeekoegat Primary receives from Government to run a school, just simply is not enough and we face many challenges due to poverty within these farming communities.  

Financial Standing – Donations vs Expenditure

 Annual Report February 2015

 Our Project Room at Safari Ostrich Farm has helped us in raising R149’806.85 for March 2014 – February 2015

To each and every client and company that donated to our project, Thank-you.

 Our expenses for this period has been R177’811.95 and we therefore had to dip into our savings with an additional R27’337.84



28 November 2014 – Amended for NPO 093-185

The purpose of our Trust is to build a new school for Zeekoegat Primary and The Little Hippo Play School and work on a holistic Social Upliftment Program.  We intend doing this with the approval and backing of the Western Cape Department of Education and the NDA & DSD.  We will be launching various Fund Raising Initiatives over the next few years and indefinitely, in order to build a new school and provide for basic needs of the children and community.  We amend the Zeekoegat Project Constitution to include our new Play School: The Little Hippo Play School/Die Kleine Zeekoe Speel Skool. (more…)