Our Story

Dr. & Mrs. Strüngmann

Andreas Strüngmann and his South African-born wife Sue live in Southern Germany, fifty kilometres outside Munich, although they spend part of each year in Cape Town, South Africa. They have two adult children, Nicole and Florian. The family enjoys travelling together, sailing, playing tennis and golf in the summertime and skiing in winter.

Andreas came to South Africa as a medical intern, after studying in Freiburg and Munich. At that time, he and Sue worked together in Tsolo, in the Eastern Cape, where they were struck by the lack of resources in both the hospital and the school where Sue was working. “There wasn’t enough medicine and there weren’t even pens and pencils available to learners. We made a promise to each other that if we were ever successful enough, we would do our part to help young people in this country get a good education”, remembers Sue.

In 2007, the two established the Andreas and Susan Strüngmann Foundation to sponsor educational initiatives, currently focused in the Western Cape. The Foundation has undertaken three key initiatives to date: the Sue Strüngmann Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT), the Students for a Better Future® High School Scholarship Programme and the construction of Disa Primary School in Imizamo Yethu (opened January 2012) which offers excellent educational facilities to the children of Hout Bay.

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Vision

Individuals who can successfully contribute to positive change.

Mission

SBF’s mission is to ensure individuals with academic ability and financial need have access to quality education, holistic support and opportunities for growth, through collaborative and strategic partnerships.

Values

Family

Family is the overarching value. Family members guide one another and learn the other values together in the spirit of love and care. Family is not limited to the traditional nuclear family. Family includes people close to you who show care for your emotional, personal, social and intellectual well-being. Family provides a sense of belonging. It means showing up for one
another, communicating with one another clearly and providing love, care and support to grow positively.

Accountability

Accountability includes doing the best you can, owning the good and the bad, taking responsibly for actions and consequences, within one’s control.

Respect

Central to the SBF programmes is respect for humanity, the notion of ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. Respect includes communicating with one another as clearly as possible to avoid misunderstandings, to show care for others’ feelings.

Growth

Growth is also central to SBF programmes, with a recognition that positive growth is interdependent (ubuntu) for positive outcomes and includes opportunities for learning.

Integrity

Integrity is to be a person of your word, say what you mean and striving to walk the talk.

Fairness

Equity is central to fairness, to ensure access to opportunities and an equal platform for the most marginalised. Equity is different to equality and recognises that providing equal opportunities does not necessarily lead to an equal platform for all.

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