Press release

Spur Foundation saluting their heroes.

June 30, 2014

Joining the theme of the 2014 International Mandela Day, “Living the Legacy”, the Spur Foundation has embarked on a countrywide initiative, “Spur Salutes You” to honour the commendable leaders in the communities they support.

“As these women are the backbone and leaders of the community and often the ones whose efforts go unnoticed, we have decided that it is time to recognise them, like we are able to recognise Nelson Mandela’s leadership, love, forgiveness and work to change the world for the better,” says Chairperson of the Spur Foundation and Chief Financial Officer of Spur Corporation Limited, Ronel van Dijk.

The Foundation was born out of the desire to uplift and improve the lives of South African families, with a special emphasis on nourishing and nurturing children, and aims to put smiles on the faces of those who need it most – the children of South Africa. Without leaders like the ones the Spur Foundation is saluting, Spur will not have been able to achieve the remarkable success in changing lives that it has.

Generous Spur franchisees have joined hands with the Spur Foundation to contribute towards the identified needs of selected charities in the major provinces. This includes basic needs like bedding, mattresses, baby milk, repainting, curtains, slippers, cutlery and crockery, toys, basic furniture and food. The leaders and servers that will be recognised through various media channels, like the Spur website and social media are:


The Gauteng leaders, all based in Alexandra, form part of the ASHA (African Self Help Association) Trust. The Spur Foundation will be recognising:

  • Alice Komane – Happy Hours Day Care
  • Dineo Phala – Mante Day Care
  • Emily Mahlobo – Owethu Day Care
  • Faith Ballintulo – Pure Day Care
  • Fikile Nkambule – Sunshine Day Care
  • Itumeleng Khumalo – Phila Day Care
  • Lindiwe Moakale – Enjabulweni Day Care
  • Nthabiseng Mabaso – Arethabeng Day Care
  • Smangele Malinga – Siyakhula Day Care
  • Zanele Mothupi – Dreamers Day Care

Western Cape

  • Maria Solomons – Solomon’s Haven, Mitchell’s Plain, Cape Town

Eastern Cape

  • Karen Hermanus – Inn Safe Hands, Port Elizabeth


  • Thina Hlophe – Durban Children’s Home

The Spur Foundation was founded on Mandela Day in 2012, with an initial R670 000 donation from the Spur Group. This resonates with the ‘67 minute’ theme of Mandela Day and also recognised the founding of the Spur Family in 1967.

“We have recognised leaders who operate with little money, restricted resources and limited manpower, but who make a real difference and personify our Foundation’s slogan Nourish, Nurture, Now! ,” Van Dijk adds. This International Mandela Day initiative of the Spur Foundation forms part of the Foundation’s support of various initiatives throughout the year.




 NAME: Ronel van Dijk, Chairperson of the Spur Foundation and Chief Financial Officer of Spur Corporation Limited
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