About us

Our mission

To provide a platform for girl children growing up in under resourced “coloured” communities to become independent, intellectual and strong women and the role models and mentors of tomorrow.

Our values

Our work is informed and guided by our beliefs and commitment to our values and principles of integrity, respect, responsibility, and professionalism.

Our mission

  • Identify and enrol potential participants at grade 8 through to grade 12.
  • Career guidance and counselling for all participants.
  • All participants will undergo a psychometric test to align to the various programmes of support
  • 24 / 7 counselling and psychological support.
  • Ensure that all participants are partnered with a mentor.
  • Cultivate developmental programmes to ensure that the identified participants have the necessary support from grade 8.
  • Provide all matriculants with a readiness programme which will commence in Grade 11 until 1st year university.
  • Partnerships with the top universities, colleges, and other accredited higher educational institutions on a national and international level.
  • Ensure that all participants at the end of matric has a driver’s licence.
  • Access to medical practitioners for the participants.
  • Secure funding for the successful development of programmes.

Our Values

We are confident that with our foundation we can build critical changing chapters in their lives to promote positive outcomes, prevent a variety of risk behaviours and result in robust and sustained impacts. Our ultimate aim is to assist in navigating girl children to make healthy and long-term positive choices about their lives that will impact their peers and families. In this way they would be prepared for their future through promoting and fostering positive development tools. Our work will always be informed and guided by our beliefs and commitment to our values and principles.

Meet the Team

For Coloured Girls Bursary Foundation is the brainchild of Geraldine Engelman, who grew up in the Cape Flats. Other founder members, Lwandle Tshabalala, producer at eNCA and Olivia Erasmus, who were both subjected to challenges and interactions within the “coloured” community.


Geraldine Engelman

Founding member

From the Cape Flats, Geraldine has worked for over 25 years in corporate, community and organizational development with specific focus on nurturing knowledge amongst people especially the youth. She does motivational speaking on being a dynamic woman of diversity in society; health promotion; education; innovation for entrepreneurs and the arts.


Lwandle Tshabalala

Founding member

A graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand with a deep passion for youth development through photography, digital arts, and journalism. Played chess on a regional and national level and won the Best Player and Chess Thinker awards for 3 years running. Played rugby in his matric year, was captain of the rowing team at high school level. He participated in cultural activities as a drama student and has a love for soccer and gaming.


Olivia Erasmus

Founding member

Olivia still resides in the Cape Flats, in Bonteheuwel. She had the opportunity to study at University of Johannesburg, then worked as a data capturer working her way to a forensic investigator in the banking fraternity. She has a deep-rooted interest in ensuring that girls from the Cape Flats become women in their own rights with a bright and prosperous future as graduates. Currently she is the liaison for Coloured Girls Bursary Foundation.


Juanita Daphne Oostendorp

Board member

Juanita is a social worker by profession and has returned just under 2 years ago from Wales where she has been living for the past 15 years. Her passion for people speaks volumes with her expertise in student mentoring, community mediation, safeguarding of families and involvement in community projects specifically related to HIV. Juanita comes with a wealth of knowledge and we are pleased to have her on board.

You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself.

—Diana Ross