Since 1999, the KMF has identified promising young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and given them a chance to change their own futures.



To ensure access to quality education and equal opportunities for all – building a nation of positive leaders. and citizens.



The Kay Mason Foundation provides talented, under privileged scholars access to quality education, psycho-social support and life opportunities that build tomorrow’s leaders of families and communities, South Africa and the world.

A word from our CEO

The Kay Mason Foundation is unlike most scholarship funds.

We look at both the academic and personal potential of the candidate and support them in both areas for the duration of their schooling.

We’ve identified the top schools around South Africa and match the right learner with the right institute so that their experience is rewarding in all aspects.

We are proud of the learners who have passed through the Kay Mason Foundation program, excelling and developing as people along the way.

Watching our graduates begin to give back themselves later in life is additional reward.

Watch the video and meet the team who run the programme as well as some of the KMF Junior scholars in the Junior programme classrooms.

The KMF Team

Richard Mason


I was born in South Africa in 1978, at the height of the Apartheid regime. My parents were committed supporters of a multiracial democracy and my childhood world was a strange combination of Colonial calm and political activity. One of my earliest memories is of the police shutting down a multiracial nursery school set up by my mother, Jane, to care for children during the Soweto riots. In 1988, my family and I immigrated to the UK. I now speak with an English accent but consider myself proudly South African.

I have a First Class degree in English literature from the University of Oxford. I am the author of four novels, The Drowning People, Us, The Lighted Rooms (called Natural Elements in the United States) and History of a Pleasure Seeker. You can learn more about me at www.richard-mason.org.

Noëline de Goede


Noëline was born in the Overberg and after matriculating at High School Overberg, she went to study at the University of Stellenbosch, where she obtained her BA Social Work degree in 1996. She got married in 1997 to Jaco de Goede and they now have two children who were born in 2007 and 2009.

Noëline loves working with people and is passionate about good governance within the Non-Profit Sector. The biggest part of her professional career she worked at Cape Town Child Welfare Society and at Epilepsy South Africa. Noëline became the National Director of Epilepsy South Africa in 2005. She joined the Kay Mason Foundation in July 2012 as the CEO and is committed to see this organisation grow from strength to strength.

Sue van der Merwe

Kay Mason Foundation SA Chairperson

Sue van Der Merwe has a BA degree from the University of Cape Town. She is currently a Member of Parliament, where she has served in various capacities since 1996 including as a parliamentary whip and Parliamentary Counsellor to President Mbeki. She currently serves on the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry. Ms van der Merwe was also previously Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the period 2004 to 2010. She serves as an elected member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress. Ms van der Merwe has participated in various civil society organizations including as coordinator of the Black Sash Advice Office and director of UMAC, both Cape Town based organizations promoting human rights and currently serves as Trustee of the Kay Mason Foundation.

Why I serve on the KMF board:
The Kay Mason Foundation is an extraordinary organisation supporting school-going children with talent and drive to complete their school education in some of the best schools in Cape Town. These young people would otherwise not have had this opportunity. The desire of these young people for a better education and their commitment to achieving this is inspirational. I am proud to be part of this growing organisation and its admirable objectives.

Lindie-Maree Ammon

Finance and Administration Manager

Lindie was born in Cape Town and after matriculating at JG Meiring High School, went to study at Boland College Stellenbosch, where she obtained her Cost and Management Accounting Diploma. Lindie married Maans Ammon on the 9th of March 2013 and the couple was soon blessed with the birth of a little girl, Lené Ammon, born 20 November 2013.

Lindie loves working with children and have a passion to positively influence the lives of people less privileged. Her professional career started at PriceWaterhouseCoopers where she worked for 5 years. She then entered the non-profit sector during 2007 where she worked at Epilepsy South Africa for almost six years before joining the Kay Mason Foundation in April 2013 as the Administration and Finance Manager.

Lindie enjoys working at the Kay Mason Foundation where every day is so rewarding when one can see how the KMF children develop into strong leaders of the future.

Phelia Kramm

Scholar co-ordinator

Phelia Kramm was born in Pretoria (Gauteng Province) but completed her high school career at Stellenbosch High School. She studied B.Ed and completed a Diploma in Remedial Teaching at the University of Stellenbosch. Phelia started her career as a remedial teacher but has worked in the event and film industry. She returned to teaching in 2009 where she was an educator at Panorama Primary School until she joined the Kay Mason Foundation in May 2018. She is married and lives in Brackenfell in the Western Cape.

Phelia is passionate about education and has dedicated her life to teaching. She believes in education as the only way to make a real difference and bring tangible change in the lives of our South African youth. “At the Kay Mason Foundation, I have witnessed how the lives of the children and their families were changed and how they have received the best gift of all – HOPE.”

Kay Mason Foundation South Africa Trust
IT 397/2001
Registered address:
Unit 2 Omnipark,
102 Edward Street,

BEE Level 1 Contributor (SED & Skills Development)
135% BEE scorecard recognition level of your CSI contribution.
Partnering with the KMF gives you the opportunity for scoring both Socio-Economic Development and Skills Development points.

NPO registration: NPO 091-998

Duly registered and compliant with the NPO Directorate, a division of the South African Department of Social Development and regulator of South African NPO’s.

Registered with SARS for section 18A PBO registration 930036244

Contributions to the Kay Mason Foundation can be deducted from taxable income on presentation of the section 18A receipt.

Kay Mason Foundation USA Inc. (NY) (Under Section 402 of the New York Not-For-Profit-Corporation Law)

Certificate of Incorporation number: 131129000234 Exempt from Federal income tax: 501(c)(3) Employer Identification number: 46-4165645

Section 501 (c)(3) provides a deduction, for federal income tax purposes, for some donors who make charitable contributions to Kay Mason foundation USA Inc.

Registered address:
110 East 59th Street,
22nd Floor New York
NY 10022

Kay Mason Foundation

Charity Registered number: 1094073

Registered Address:
Unit 2 Omnipark,
102 Edward Street,

Registered with HMRC for Gift Aid a tax incentive in the UK if you give to Kay Mason Foundation.