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Liberty gives 5000 learners shoes ahead of the chilly winter

19 Jun 2019

To commemorate Youth Month, Liberty employees joined together as part of its staff volunteerism programme, to fund school shoes across the country. This year close to 5,000 pairs of shoes were donated to learners in nearly 30 schools. This initiative is symbolic of Liberty's commitment to improving education in South Africa. In 2018 Liberty invested R22.1 million in Maths, Science and English programmes.

"At Liberty we are passionate about education because it's the bedrock of achieving a sustainable future for our country", says Tracey Unser, Divisional Executive: Corporate Citizenship. “With so many families not being able to afford shoes for their children, we're so proud that our staff heeded the call to improve lives... one shoe at a time,” she adds.

Behind the programme is the recognition that today’s learners are the leaders of tomorrow. “Many communities are struggling in our challenging socio-economic environment and it's important that corporates like us become active corporate citizens," says Unser.  Liberty’s employees started with the Winter Shoe Drive in 2017. To date over 10,000 pairs of shoes have been donated to numerous primary schools across the country.

Unser adds, “As an extension of our Maths, Science and English programmes, we've enriched efforts towards teacher training and development programmes to enhance learner outcomes. One notable programme is our partnership with Mindset Network, which broadcasts Maths and Science tutorials for grade 8 - 12 on DStv. Through the channel we're able to assist thousands of learners to improve their results. In addition, we sponsor the South African Maths Olympiad and fund the provision of Maths and Science tutorials for under resourced schools in the East of Gauteng and Unmumbulu district in KZN. We also fund financial literacy programmes for high school learners in partnership with Prime Stars. These programmes further demonstrate our commitment towards the development of education in South Africa.

"Long-term, sustainable value growth can only be achieved through the development and success of the communities in which we operate. This notion is premised on our belief that an organisation cannot thrive in a failing society," concludes Unser.




The following schools will be recipients for this this year's winter shoe drive. For more information about Liberty's investment in education, kindly access our Report to Society.


Mothle Primary school

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Mpukunyoni Primary School

Bobuantswa Primary School

Veyana Primary School

Northern Cape

Venus Primary School

Ndzondweni SPS

Free State

Hanover Combined School

Nonkqubela Primary School

Tebang Intermediate School

Lower Brooksnek JSS



Makhahlela Primary

Upper Cabazana Primary School

Tsembalethu Primary School

Guguwini Primary School

Maqamela Primary School

Westlands Primary School



Mayfield Primary School

Kwa Mphikwa Primary School

Kuzimisela Primary School


Kurulen Primary School

Zonkizizwe Primary School

Hasani Primary School

Chief Luthuli Primary School

Eastern Cape

Kulokhala Senior Primary School

Western Cape

Sobambisana Primary

Port St Johns Community SPS

Imperial Primary School


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About Liberty

Liberty is an established and growing Pan-African financial services group, with a presence in 18 countries. It offers an extensive, market-leading range of products and services to help retail and corporate customers build and protect their wealth and lifestyle. These include life and health related insurance; financial support for retirement; and investment management provided through its subsidiary STANLIB. Liberty is part of the Standard Bank Group, which has a 53.6% stake, and has been operational for over 60 years. Liberty Holdings is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as well as the Nairobi Stock Exchange in Kenya.

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