How we help

In the 2019, we officially launched the ATLAS All Schools Programme in South Africa. The model combatted crime, inequality, and discrimination while creating resilience, honesty, and capable young people who attend and achieve at school.

Today, we have progressed the model into coherent programmes at the Ocean View High School and Masiphumelele High School while expanding our work across another four programmes across South Africa, Eswatini and Kenya, as well as our Atlas DigiBus in Langa. We have a diligent and focused team as well as, committed rugby champions, supporting children across South Africa and southern Africa with education, health, employment and well-being, using the values and spirit of rugby. 

See our Atlas South Africa Rugby Champions

''We need to empower the children beyond our rugby fields, we need to create children who will become great social leaders, with a capacity to uplift others. Children that will enshrine the human values that are shared by rugby; the values of respect, tolerance, integrity and empathy.We have an opportunity of creating a new Gang (using the words of negativity into positive). I have seen it happen, I believe it can and will happen''.Head Coach at Masiphumlele, Fundile (Frank) Charlie

Our Work

We are immensely proud of each one of our projects and partners across southern Africa and South Africa. Click the photos below for more in depth information.

Atlas DigiBus, South Africa

The innovative project is transforming education for children in Langa, Cape Town. The Atlas Digibus is equipped with laptops and technology, helping the children transition between mother tongue and english.

Gauteng Women's Rugby Institute, South Africa

Atlas partners with Gauteng Womens Rugby Institute (GWRI) to provide safe accommodation, food and hygiene products for young female rugby players who need it most. Women here are given the chance to study and train, developing opportunities to reach their potential and prepare for a career.

Ocean View and Masiphumelele High School, South Africa

Run as part of The Atlas South Africa region, the Ocean View and Masiphumelele High School programmes are using rugby and mentoring sessions to help the children tackle the drug and alcohol problems plaguing their communities.

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How you can help Atlas South Africa

If you would like to show your support and help us in our mission to improve thousands of children's access to quality education and rugby coaching through our projects in South Africa, please get in touch with Sue Anderson by emailing [email protected].

There are several ways you can get involved and make a direct impact on disadvantaged children in South Africa. See the ways you can help here.

To make help children in South Africa today, donate here.

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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.

Contact Atlas South Africa

For more information on Atlas South Africa, please email Sue Anderson: [email protected]

The Atlas Foundation SA is a PBO registered organisation and Section 18A. Certificates are issued for donations to projects. View our past newsletters.

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