New Beginnings: Hilltop Legacy on a mission to make a difference in Paarl

Hilltop Legacy foundation started three years ago. It has two main focuses. One, it identified schools business plans were impossible to dissect. Their aim? To help schools develop a viable easy to understand business plan.

Jako Pienaar, Director of Hilltop Legacy, says most schools are sitting with a business plan of about 40 pages and nobody knows whats in it, let alone understands it.

Hilltop legacy seats with the schools management as well as the School Governing Body and came up with the idea of creating a one page business plan that everybody can understand and follow.

When you are running a school of about a thousand learners it becomes a business

Jako Pienaar, Director of Hilltop Legacy

We teach them business ethics and principles and show them that they cant do everything, we need to get people involved, take some teachers and make them project managers.

Jako Pienaar, Director of Hilltop Legacy

We have a philosophy where we saying we want to lead slightly from behind

Jako Pienaar, Director of Hilltop Legacy

The second project they run is a sports coaching initiative headed up by Project Manager Björn Alexander.

He had a rough upbringing with an alcoholic mother and drug addict father.

He is passionate about cross country running. He tells the story of how his mother would tell him that running was for white people and not for him. she felt so strongly about it that she would beat him up for wanting to run.

One day his father gave him R100. He used the money to get himself a pair of running shoes from gangsters who were selling stolen goods. That was his first proper pair of running shoes.

He later got a scholarship to study sports management at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology

I remember my mother saying it is for white people, why do you want to be something you are not. We can get some money and help you open a fruit stall or sell 50c chips.

Björn Alexander is the Project Manager for the Hilltop Legacy foundation

They were just trying to do their very best. It was uncharted waters and they didn't have a clue of what was happening

Björn Alexander is the Project Manager for the Hilltop Legacy foundation

Alexander is now helping young people achieve their goals working with the Hilltop Legacy, running a project called 'I Coach Bjorn'.

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