Atlas South Africa was founded in 2018 after a successful Atlas Trek to Botswana and Zimbabwe attended by South African Rugby Champions. Since then two successful rides in the Cape Town Cycling Tour have supported Atlas's work in the townships and poorest rural communities, bringing new hope to children through the power of rugby.


The Atlas Foundation was founded by England and British Lions legend, Jason Leonard OBE, to harness the power of the global rugby family and tackle the big issues facing vulnerable young people around the world.

Today ATLAS works across 16 countries, empowering 53 456 young people.  All our projects are centered around rugby and education, developing the tools and support networks to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty.

ATLAS All Schools South Africa

In 2019 we officially launched the ATLAS All Schools programme in South Africa. This proven model combats crime, inequality and discrimination. It creates resilient, honest, capable young people who attend and achieve at school, and who are willing and able to help themselves and others. 


The Atlas South Africa Team

Jason Leonard OBE

Atlas SA Trustee

Former England prop, appeared for England 114 times plus 5 times for the British and Irish Lions, and won the 2003 Rugby World Cup. He was President of the RFU in 2015 and hosted the Rugby World Cup in England. As well as having a busy and successful corporate career, he is a prolific supporter of charities and has raised over £2M through his annual dinners for a number of rugby, youth and health charities. Jason founded Atlas and remains Chairman of the Board of Trustees.

John Le Roux

Atlas SA Trustee

John grew up in Rondebosch and matriculated at Rondebosch High School. He did a BCom Hons at UCT and became a CA.  He played lots of enjoyable rugby at UCT from 1965 – 1971 and played for False Bay Rugby Club thereafter.

He also played for Western Province and Gazelles. John still has rugby involvement with UCT, Rondebosch High School, Masiphumelele Rugby Club and Atlas Foundation.

He was also a founding director in 1980 of Personal Trust (Pty) Ltd, a small financial and investment services company, where he still works and is currently a Director and Chairman.

Sue Anderson

Atlas SA Trustee

The Atlas office is led by Sue Anderson, who is instrumental in placing the spotlight firmly on the Foundation and spearheading fundraising initiatives with the SA rugby-loving corporate and business community. Sue is well versed to direct the collaborative power that stems from the exceptional rugby ‘brotherhood’ of giving back, mentorship and friendship.