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ibbamo Foundation

The foundation was formed in 2009 by Mr James Makamba, who was inspired by the historical presidential election of Barack Obama and the particular role that quality education played in the Obama couple’s life.

The Future of Africa is in our Hands

The foundation’s programmes are centred around four strategic pillars, namely:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Leadership
  • Social Responsibility
  • Entrepreneurship

Transparency and accountability are core to the effective functioning of the Ibbamo Foundation. The Ibbamo Foundation will display stewardship and sound management of funds in order to grow and attain stakeholder commitment. The Foundation will submit to an annual audit which will be available for stakeholders perusal if the need arises.


The “I AM JUNE 16” programme is an annual opportunity for young people to drive change within their schools by encouraging their entire community, teachers, parents and learners to participate in building a much-needed facility for their schools.
A National Education Forum focused on finding a solution as to how to improve the quality of public education in South Africa.
The National Summer and Winter Schools Programme is intended as a one-week leadership and skills development course which will take place during the June and December School holidays. In 2012, we will plan for a three-day December Summer Schools Programme that will increase to a full week in the 2013.

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Ibbamo is committed to ensuring that South Africa’s young people are challenged to look beyond their existing barriers and set ambitious yet attainable goals.


launch of the the " I Dream" philosophy which anchors thee programs

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2012 Event 2012 Event The Ibbamo Foundation objectives are directly linked to our four strategic pillars.
We create an environment where academic excellence is the accepted standard.

Charity Karaoke Night

Ibbamo Foundation will be hosting a charity Karaoke Night on the 30th of November 2016 from 7:30 pm – 9pm in Sandton, Johannesburg. And don't worry if you’re not a great singer, it's all about having fun on the night and donating to an important cause – the education South Africa’s youth.

Teen Hygiene Drive

Ibbamo Foundation announces first drive for 2016. The Ibbamo Foundation has kicked 2016 off with a needs-based initiative for a Soweto Based High School for whom the Foundation built a library in 2015, Mokgome Secondary school.