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An Update on the Tanda Tula Scholarship Program

Shara Burger | Foundation

We’ve always worked with a purpose. A purpose centred on people and on the future which is why we started the Tanda Tula Foundation. We focus on education, it is why we started the scholarship funds and also at the core of why we run our Foundation.

Education is not a privilege. It is a human right. We’ve placed it at the heart of our Foundation’s work because it’s the key to unlocking better futures for our staff, their children, and our community. Our scholarship programs give young people access to the best education from preparatory school right through to university.

Our scholarship student’s achievements go beyond only academic results. More importantly they find new skills, passions, and perspectives for their futures and in conjunction develop the confidence to pursue their dreams.

Currently we have six scholarship students at Southern Cross Schools in Hoedspruit.  These young learners show up every day, they give their best and are excited for what their futures hold.

Ralph is 16 and only became part of our Foundation earlier this year. He is ambitious and brave, a brilliant sportsman and his huge smile and warm nature gives him all the qualities to do really well and go really far in life.

Expect is also 16 and is following in his father’s footsteps as he grows into the most gorgeous and popular young man, he has the same charm and laughter as his dad, Scotch. He is a good friend and loves hanging out with everyone at school or playing soccer on the Astro.

Vutomi is a typical 13 year old boy, if there is not soccer involved then he is not interested! He has a deep passion for this game, whether he is playing it or watching it. Vutomi has developed some wonderful friendships around this sport.

Lesego is a quiet, mature 13 year old. She is a diligent learner and most of the time you will find her with her nose in a book. Lesego is always polite and kind, she is generally quite a serious young girl, but loves being at school and learning and spending time with the other girls in her class.

Jayden is a  small firecracker, he always has an answer for everything and loves to be the funny guy. This lanky 10 year old who is all arms and legs at this stage knows exactly what he wants and is not share to tell you!

Skhumbuzo is the youngest member of the Foundation. At 8 years old he still just considers school to be a lot of fun, hanging out with mates and kicking a ball is what fills his days. He loves to chatter and makes friends easily.

Do you want to help?

While we carry the majority of the costs,  generous donations from guests assist us to help more young people fulfil their potential. If you are interested in helping or would like to donate we would be extremely grateful.

You can provide a once-off, monthly or annual contribution to the Foundation. These funds are allocated to various priority projects and bursaries identified by the governors of the Foundation.

These may include some of the following:

  • Full Primary School and High School (college) scholarships, grade 1 to 12
  • Uniforms and stationery
  • Transport
  • School outings and sporting activities
  • Extra tuition and tutoring
  • University tuition, housing, and living expenses




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Bookings can be held as provisional for up to 14 days, after which the booking is required to release or confirm. A 20% refundable deposit is required to confirm the booking.


Once confirmed with a 20% deposit, the booking is held on a status of ‘confirmed with refundable deposit’ until any of the following becomes true:

  • The booking is cancelled in writing by the agent.
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Cancellations must be received and acknowledged by Tanda Tula in writing.

‘Confirmed with refundable deposit’: bookings carry no cancellation fees up to 61 days prior to arrival.

‘Confirmed with commitment’ or ‘Confirmed with full-payment’: in the event of any reservation being cancelled after Tanda Tula has issued a confirmation, for any reason other than a WHO-recognised pandemic that impacts the booking, the following cancellation fees will apply:

  • ‘Confirmed with commitment’: if cancelled more than 60 days prior to arrival, the cancellation fee shall be equal to the 20% non- refundable commitment fee.
  • ‘Confirmed with full-payment’: if cancelled between 60 days prior to arrival, the full reservation value is forfeited.

All cancelled bookings that qualify for a refund, will be refunded less a handling fee valued at 5% of the refund amount.


Tanda Tula will allow postponement of a booking for up to 12 months, if travel is cancelled with a commitment fee or 60 days or less prior to arrival due to a WHO-recognised pandemic directly impacting the guests’ ability to travel (e.g. lockdown, no flights, guest not allowed to board a flight, guest falls ill due to a pandemic and unable to travel).

In the event of a WHO-recognised pandemic directly impacting the ability of Tanda Tula to meet its obligations with respect to the booking, all monies received, including the commitment fee, will be fully refunded (e.g. lockdown in RSA, government restrictions on trade).

Any refund is given at the discretion of Tanda Tula management and will be charge a handling fee valued at 5% of the refund amount.

All travellers are advised to take out fully comprehensive travel insurance with ‘cancellation for no reason’. This insurance must be able to fully cover cancellation of travel fewer than 60 days prior to arrival.

The Terms and Conditions are subject to change without notice.