The Indaba Education Fund invests in Early Childhood Development in the Winelands of South Africa

About Us

The Indaba Education Fund (IEF) improves young children’s capacity to develop and learn by providing world-class, internationally-recognized, and accredited Montessori teacher training, learning materials, and educational infrastructure.

Introducing skilled and resourced educators into these communities in the child’s earliest years of life will greatly improve their chances of a successful adulthood – enhancing family life, elevating societies, and building a better future for South Africa.

Our History

The IEF was established by Cape Classics which has invested in South African education since 1996

Indaba scholarship established

Awarded to financially needy and academically deserving students to pursue wine-related studies in South Africa

1996

2003

1st recipient awarded

Mzokhona Mvemve becomes one of South Africa’s first black Africans to be a certified winemaker

Indaba Scholarship transforms into Indaba Education Fund

The IEF obtains status as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit to address the needs of the region’s most vulnerable children by investing in Early Childhood Development

11th recipient awarded

11th and final recipient of Indaba scholarship graduates

2015

2016

Cape Classics creates sales donation

For every sale of a case of Indaba wine from January 1, 2016, Cape Classics donates $0.50 to the IEF

Launch of the Indaba Montessori Institute (IMI)

Lynedoch Early Learning Centre upgrade

Upgrade interior and exterior of on-site Montessori school

1996

Indaba scholarship established

Awarded to financially needy and academically deserving students to pursue wine-related studies in South Africa

2003

1st recipient awarded

Mzokhona Mvemve becomes one of South Africa’s first black Africans to be a certified winemaker

2015

Indaba Scholarship transforms into Indaba Education Fund

The IEF obtains status as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit to address the needs of the region’s most vulnerable children by investing in Early Childhood Development

11th recipient awarded

11th and final recipient of Indaba scholarship graduates

2016

Cape Classics creates sales donation

For every sale of a case of Indaba wine from January 1, 2016, Cape Classics donates $0.50 to the IEF

Launch of the Indaba Montessori Institute (IMI)

Lynedoch Early Learning Centre upgrade

Upgrade interior and exterior of on-site Montessori school

Our People

Board of Directors and Officers

Andre Shearer

Andre Shearer

BOARD CHAIRMAN

CEO, Cape Classics

Robert Bradshaw

Robert Bradshaw

BOARD PRESIDENT

President & Chief Operating Officer, Cape Classics

Marc Cohen

BOARD MEMBER

Western Carriers

Jeff Lepon

BOARD MEMBER

Law Office of Jeffrey M. Lepon, PLLC

Doug Shaw

BOARD MEMBER

Senior Vice President, M.S. Walker, Inc.

Molly Choi

BOARD SECRETARY

Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing, Cape Classics

Nico Redelinghuys

SOUTH AFRICAN REPRESENTATIVE

General Manager, Cape Classics

Evan Whitacre

BOARD TREASURER

Controller, Cape Classics

Association Montessori Internationale Advisory Council

Eve Annecke

Sustainability Institute

Sally Hall

Auburn House Trust

Jennifer Moore

Auburn House Trust

Pru Ramsey

Blue Ridge Sustainability Institute

Staff: Indaba Education Fund

Emma Giglio

Emma Giglio

SENIOR CONSULTANT

Ashley Wagner

Ashley Wagner

PROJECT MANAGER

Nico Redelinghuys

Nico Redelinghuys

GENERAL MANAGER

Staff: Indaba Montessori Institute

Jess Schulschenk

DIRECTOR

Sustainability Institute


Pr
ovides strategic support and guidance to the Indaba Montessori Institute

Zainab Karriem

MANAGING DIRECTOR OF LEARNING

Sustainability Institute


Leads curriculum design, implementation, and accreditation to the Indaba Montessori Institute

Naledi Mabeba

PRINCIPAL

Lynedoch Early Learning Centre (LELC)

Manages the LELC at the Sustainability Institute (the Indaba Montessori Institute’s observation school) 

Julia Hilson

0-3 COURSE DIRECTOR

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)

Course Director for first AMI course to be hosted at the Indaba Montessori Institute

Colleen Erasmus

TEACHER

Lynedoch Early Learning Centre (LELC)

Teaches at the LELC (the Indaba Montessori Institute’s observation school) 

Emma Snowball

TRAINED CONSULTANT

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)

Provides strategic support to the Indaba Montessori Institute on AMI principles

Our Partners

Behind every farm, winemaker, bottle, and grape lies an untold story. Collectively, we discover these tales and share them with our customers. Demanding authenticity, Cape Classics operates the “old-fashioned” way, with the relationships and social responsibility at the forefront of our business. The 29 wineries we represent throughout South Africa and France embrace sustainable eco and social practices, doing their part to help preserve lands for future generations while improving the human condition now. Our wines are expressive, crafted with passion and perspective, and delivered with the same hallmark levels of service and professionalism since 1992.

The Indaba Education Fund appointed the Sustainability Institute (SI) as its local partner to house the globally and locally accredited Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training center, the Indaba Montessori Institute. The SI, a nonprofit trust, founded in 1999 focuses on learning for sustainable African futures. The institute is based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and has provided development facilitation to create a child-centred approach to building sustainable communities in Africa.

The mission of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), is to work with organizations like the Indaba Education Fund to further the rights, education, and welfare of children worldwide. AMI is committed to transcending borders in order to serve children through innovative educational initiatives using Montessori principles and practices.