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Uplands Outreach

Our Vision

‘Raising Achievement for All’

Part of Uplands NPC, Uplands Outreach is a dynamic educational organisation currently operating in several school circuits in Mpumalanga, for maximum focus and impact. We were established in 1994 by Uplands in order to boost educational outcomes in rural Mpumalanga, South Africa.
We work collaboratively at the circuit level, and with school leaders, teachers and pupils in an empirically proven approach known as ‘systemic alignment’. We track impact over time, not just outputs, and we are committed to continuous learning. The Uplands Outreach team is passionate about our work and is committed to long-standing relationships with our programme participants. This consultative, collaborative approach has resulted in a number of successes that are proven over time. We utilise evidence-based practices to guide our activities.

Our achievements include the holistic School Leadership for Excellence programme, the Continued Professional Development programmes for teachers, the SMILE conversational literacy programme, the Mathematics Proficiency programme, the Digital Literacy programme, and the refurbishment and workflow support of the Insikazi school circuit office. We also implement several ‘quick wins’ projects with our partner schools, which provide both practical and psychological support to our programme participants.

Uplands Outreach in a Nutshell!

Read Uplands Outreach’s Annual Report, Fast Facts, analyse our Impact Metrics, subscribe to our newsletter, like us on FaceBook, and view our website page. Uplands Outreach’s independent evaluator reports can be found here and here. Section 18A tax relief is available. Please join us on our next whistlestop Insikazi tour, introduce us to your Corporate Social Investment department, make a quick donation via PayFast, swipe your MySchool card at Woolworths, and drop by the Japhet Outreach Centre on campus to say hi to our welcoming team. Together, we can do so much more!

Reach out…and help us extend our reach!

Our community and country need your active citizenship. Talk to us about Uplands Outreach and how you can get involved.

Mrs Violah Moya, Head of Uplands Outreach SA

Meet Our Team

Outreach has seven dedicated full-time staff members, various part-time consultants and advisors, as well as several volunteers and interns (many of whom are graduates of our programmes). Outreach is also privileged to be able to call upon the skills and expertise of the Uplands staff and the greater Uplands community. There are many individuals who assist us on a regular basis, and who are essential ingredients in our success.

Uplands Outreach Executive Committee

The Uplands Board meets quarterly, as does the Uplands Outreach Executive Committee. The Uplands Outreach Executive Committee comprises:

  • Miles Japhet, Chairman
  • Rory O’Flaherty – Correlation Risk Partners
  • Mandrew Nyambi, Chief Education Specialist (Ehlanzeni District)
  • Sean Carlisle, Executive Head of Uplands
  • Jaco Diedericks, Business Manager
  • Violah Moya, Head of Uplands Outreach
  • Nicolette de Bruyn, Independent Consultant


We are audited annually, and audited financial statements are available upon request.

  • NPC Registration: 971852408,
  • PBO: 1811132816
  • NPO: 036217
  • Section 18A tax relief available

Sean Carlisle

Executive Head of Uplands

Sean Carlisle is no stranger to Uplands, having grown up in the Lowveld and having taught at both the Preparatory and College in his younger years…

Violah Moya

Head of Uplands Outreach

Violah has a Primary School Teacher’s Diploma, a BA in Education from the University of the North, an Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE) from the University of Pretoria (for pupils with special needs)…

Dr Nicolette de Bruyn

Outreach External Consultant

Nicky has a BA (Government), an MPA (Master’s Degree in Public Affairs, specialising in public management) and a PhD (Education Leadership)…

Katia van der Merwe

Finance Coordinator – Uplands Outreach

Katia has a National Diploma in Logistics Management from the University of South Africa (UNISA) with eight years of experience in the logistics field…

Dr Joanne York

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer – Uplands Outreach

Joanne performs monitoring and evaluation processes for all of Uplands Outreach programmes. She has a BSc (with majors in Psychology and the Sciences)…

Memory Sithole

Personal Assistant and Office Administrator – Uplands Outreach

Memory has a BCom Business Management degree from the University of Limpopo…

Tumelo Nkambule

Field Officer – Uplands Outreach

Tumelo is a graduate of the Uplands Outreach Learners for Excellence (L4E) Saturday Maths Programme (2012 – 2014)…

Charity Magagula

Programme Administrator – Uplands Outreach

Charity is a graduate of the Uplands Outreach Learners for Excellence (L4E) Saturday Maths Programme (2012 – 2014)…

Thank you for your interest, and your offer to donate to Uplands Outreach.

We are:

  • Section 18A tax exempt
  • Audited annually
  • Impact-driven
  • Donor-friendly
  • Research-backed
  • Independently-evaluated
  • Uplands Outreach can fulfil 100% of your organisation’s Social Responsibility/CSI needs

You are welcome to email Violah Moya, Head of Uplands Outreach directly at

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As the Head Teacher of Rathfern Primary School and Network Lead for the CCT Research Network in Lewisham (London, UK) I had the privilege of visiting South Africa in November 2019, together with a contingent of other UK Head Teachers. We spent several weeks visiting our partner schools in the Insikazi circuit, who participate in the British Council’s Connecting Classroom Campaign. My observations in the classrooms across the many schools was a team of passionate and determined educators lead by dedicated female school leaders under exceptionally challenging circumstances.

The powerful resourcefulness, creativity and commitment of teachers was evident in the teaching and learning across the classrooms. Classrooms were print rich, vibrant, stimulating and had a palpable warmth of spirit. The schools had embraced the development of the Sustainable Development Goals across the schools. The SDGs were promoting ‘envisioning’ – pupils and teachers being able to imagine a better future. I was inspired, humbled and enriched as a leader and educator – thank you!

N MaharasingamHead Teacher (London, UK)

In my professional opinion, there is no doubt that Uplands Outreach is highly effective and making a tremendous impact in the Insikazi Circuit. They are unquestionably achieving their vision, mission and stated objectives; donors can rest assured that their funds are in excellent hands. Uplands Outreach can be commended as a national leader in this field.

PL BrinkIndependent Evaluator

The hallmark of Uplands Outreach, reflected in both beneficiary and donor comments, is the dedicated, passionate, personal attention given to the project, resulting in a very positive relationship between Uplands Outreach, the Department of Education and most particularly the Circuit Manager and school leadership teams…it is clear that the programme has been exceptionally successful.

D GearIndependent Evaluator

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