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CEO takes on Kilimanjaro challenge for Women’s Legacy Project

Keeping the girlchild in schoolIndustrial Development Corporation chief executive Geoffrey Qhena is taking on the Trek4Mandela challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise R1.5-million for the Corporation’s Women’s Legacy Project.

The climb is inspired by the ethos of International Nelson Mandela Day; Take Action Inspire Change.

He will be one of 27 chief executives who will summit the mountain on Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July. The number 27 is significant as it commemorates the 27 years Madiba spent in prison.


Qhena’s climb is to raise funds for the Women’s Legacy Project, an initiative championed by the CEO’s office.

Launched in 2013, the IDC Women’s Legacy Project commemorates the strides South African women have made. It supports young girls in schools the IDC has adopted by distributing sanitary towels. By doing this, the young women are able to continue their studies without interruption.

The project aims to donate sanitary towels across all nine provinces at the IDC adopted schools, which are mostly located in rural areas. This project will help almost 12 000 girls over the next three years.


You too can join the CEO and IDC employees help these young women.

To get involved and support the initiative to keep the girl child in school, make a donation via SMS or EFT payment:


  1. SMS to “Geoffrey” to 42513 to make a pledge of R30. Please note that will be no additional cost for sending the text message – only R30 will be deducted from your account.
  2. Should you wish to make a donation of more than R30, you can do so via an EFT payment.


    Account holder’s name:                The Imbumba Foundation Trust

    Bank name:                                        First National Bank

    Account type:                                    Cheque Account

    Account number:                             6234 5136 677

    Branch name:                                    Empangeni

    Branch code:                                      220130

    Reference:                                         Geoffrey (plus your initials and surname)

    Swift code:                                         FIRNZAJJ



The IDC’s Women’s Legacy Project is a natural fit with the Trek4Mandela and Caring4Girls initiative.

Trek4Mandela began in 2012 when the Richard Mabaso of the Imbumbu Foundation overheard a conversation between his niece and his mother on the challenges young girls have with menstruation.

He decided to make a difference – to take action and inspire change – and set up the Trek4Mandela challenge. Trek4Mandela and Caring4Girls creates awareness of the plight of girls in need in rural and poor schools during their menstrual cycles. It also encourages dialogues on issues of puberty and adolescence.

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