Press release

18 July 2012 – The Spur family donates R670,000

July 18, 2012

The well-known and internationally recognised Mandela Day, which is a celebration of former President Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, was established to inspire individuals and companies to contribute 67 minutes of their time to help those in need and help change the world for the better.

The Spur Group, home of some of South Africa’s favourite family restaurants including Spur Steak Ranches; Panarottis Pizza Pasta; John Dory’s Fish & Grill and DoRego’s, has been inspired by the example set by Nelson Mandela and the philosophy of “Take Action; Inspire Change; Make Every Day a Mandela Day”.

Spur recognises that many members in our ‘South African Family’ need our help, and in recognition of this, The Spur Group has recently established The Spur Foundation which will drive the company’s corporate social investment initiatives”, says The Spur Group CEO, Pierre van Tonder. He adds: “To inaugurate The Spur Foundation, The Spur Group will donate R670,000.00 to The Spur Foundation this Mandela Day to support families in need, on behalf of our family that started in 1967.

The Spur Foundation will distribute the monies amongst various beneficiaries including the FoodBankSA; Reach for a Dream; Teddy Bear Clinic; JAM, Creating Change and Sisanda FunDaytion. The Spur Foundation also has various activities planned for the years ahead, including in-store coin collection points, annual fundraising events and staff initiatives aimed at uplifting local communities.

The primary goal of The Spur Foundation is to uplift and improve the lives of South Africa’s families, with a special emphasis on assisting children. The Spur Foundation will support various initiatives that administer feeding schemes and provide basic necessities and amenities to children in impoverished communities. The Spur Foundation hopes to grow as a charitable institution and provide financial assistance for educational bursaries and general community upliftment.

People can follow The Spur Foundation through its social media campaign which will elaborate on each beneficiary’s objectives and how individuals can make a difference and contributions of their own. This information can be found on and on Twitter: @SpurRestaurant

In conclusion, The Spur Group and its beneficiaries would like to wish Mandela, the father of our nation, a very Happy Birthday—with love from the restaurant of the South African family!