After studying in Munich, Dr Andreas Struengmann came to South Africa as a medical intern and met his wife Sue. The two travelled to Tsolo, in the Eastern Cape and were struck by the lack of resources in both the hospital where Andreas was placed and the school where Sue was working.
“We made a promise to each other then, that if we were ever successful enough, we would do our part to help young people in South Africa access a quality education.”
In 2007 the Andreas and Susan Struengmann Foundation was established to sponsor educational initiatives in the Western Cape. To date, the Foundation has launched the Sue Struengmann Chair in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Disa Primary School in Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, as well as the Students For A Better Future High School Scholarship Programme.
To develop well-rounded and goal-oriented individuals who will contribute positively to the future of South Africa and become citizens of the world.
To ensure that individuals with academic ability and financial need have access to quality education, holistic support and opportunities for growth, through collaborative and strategic partnerships
We strive towards creating and advocating for inclusive spaces where the whole SBF family feels connected and part of, both in their communities and institutions
Our five branches reflect our organisational values and the principles we aim to instill in our scholars, students and alumni.
Family creates a sense of belonging and a feeling of home. It is about growing together in the spirit of love and understanding. Family gives care and attention and supports a journey of personal growth. Family goes beyond the idea of the nuclear family, into the broader community, with a shared empathy and a collective responsibility for the well-being of others, of society, of humanity.
To have integrity is to be a person of your word. To say what you mean and to do what you say. People with integrity take ownership of their actions. They are accountable. They have self-respect and show that same respect to others. Integrity stands up for what is right, what is fair and what is true. Especially when it might be challenging or unpopular to do so.
We champion self-expression, curiosity and passion. They hold the clues to who our scholars want to be and the paths they want to take in life. We are here to light their way. By celebrating their uniqueness and individuality they come to understand what it means to value themselves and the special gifts they have to offer the world.
Our scholars are people first. With complex lived experiences, realities and challenges. An assessment of character might start with academics, but it does not end there. True well-being means nurturing the physical, psychological, financial, social, as well as the intellectual. This is essential if we are to properly prepare individuals for the demands of post-secondary and professional life.
A significant indicator of future success, grit means having the stamina to consistently work at achieving your goals. It is a work-ethic, a resilience, a determination to strive and to grow. Grit is having the mind-set of a marathon runner, not a sprinter. Knowing that it is ok to fall down. Because grit will get you back up again.
Halli is an experienced and accomplished development specialist, with over 15 years of working experience in education, healthcare, and social development. She has an extensive background in programme leadership, development and design of international programmes and is a specialist in strategy development and team leadership. In her role as Executive Head at SBF, Halli is responsible for operational and team management, programme strategy development, stakeholder relationship development and financial oversight.
Retired CEO of Research Surveys, South Africa’s largest consumer research company, Henry holds a number of marketing and business management qualifications both in South Africa and from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, California
Sue Struengmann holds the Chair in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, the first and only such Chair in Sub-Saharan Africa. As an educator, she has a passion for the potential young minds hold.
Andreas Struengmann (born 1950) is a German businessman and founded generic drug maker Hexal AG. He spends his time between Tegernsee and South Africa and is married to Sue, with whom he has two children.
Professor at the University of Cape Town and a senior consultant in the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital where she heads the UCT Parent-Infant Mental Health Service
A retired headmaster of 26-years, Bruce is currently part of an innovative UCT Graduate Business School-developed Executive Management Programme for School Leaders, with the goal of turning schools into centres of excellence in underperforming areas.
Gordon Rushton is a practising attorney. He graduated in 1982 from the University of Cape Town with a BA LLB Degree, and is currently a director of Bowman Gilfillan Inc. specialising in litigation.
Heather is currently the director of the South Africa Grants Programme for The TK Foundation, a private independent foundation supporting programmes working in the youth development and maritime sectors.