Investing in Education

Jeanette van der Merwe, Principal of Waterfall College

Jeanette van der Merwe, Principal of Waterfall College

It is hard to believe that what began as a small home school in 2000 has grown into a burgeoning educational hub with the potential to change lives far beyond our beautiful campus. Formally established in 2004, Waterfall College has seen exceptional growth and achieved a 100% IEB pass rate, 15 years running.

Through hard work (and prayer) by a dedicated team of staff, supported by a passionate parent and student body, Waterfall College has earned a reputation as a centre for high-quality independent learning.

While we have always striven to achieve beyond expectation, the creation of Waterfall Schools on the iThemba Campus, incorporating Waterfall Pre-Primary and Waterfall Preparatory School, has invigorated our school community. This has solidified the God-given vision that we hold of a place where young adults are given the strength and humility to fulfill their potential and make a difference in our world.

From 333 students in 2017 to 594 in 2018 and 700 projected for 2020, Waterfall Schools has an exciting story – proudly South African and designed to enhance the future of our country.

Not only do we aim to support our students in their growth, but we extend that support to the exceptional work done by Focus on iThemba, promoting Early Childhood Development in our neighbouring community of the Valley of 1000 Hills and through the dynamic iThemba Scholars programme, which offers Waterfall Schools scholarships to selected pupils from the Pre-Schools with which Focus on iThemba partners.

To make our dream a reality and to accommodate the young learners soon to graduate from the Prep, we require eight new classrooms. September has seen exciting developments in this regard, with the launch of the 2020 Campus Capital Campaign, with a fundraising goal of R8 400 000. A joint team from Focus on iThemba and Waterfall Schools, together with experienced fundraiser Janet Burgess, are engaging with potential donors to try secure funding for the new classroom block.

Ground works began in September 2018 and construction is well on schedule, with the College likely to move in during the second half of 2019. We are so grateful for the generosity of donors who have contributed to this project. As at 1 March 2019, we had a total of R3 200 000 to raise. 

For more information and the full proposal, please be in touch with Tayla-Anne Goss on Waterfall Schools parents are encouraged to contact Hayley Dennyson on

We look forward to keeping you updated on this extraordinary journey!




Jeanette van der Merwe
Principal, Waterfall College


Ways to Invest:

1. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

Account Name: Focus on iThemba
Bank: Standard Bank
Branch Name: Hillcrest
Branch Code: 045726
Account Number: 050184911
Please use reference ‘2020 Campaign’

2. Zapper donation (once-off and monthly options are available)

Focus on iThemba’s finances are externally audited and in 2018 they, once again, received an unqualified audit from Baker Tilly Morrison Murray. Focus on iThemba is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) this allows donations received to be tax deductible. The NPO is BBBEE compliant and has up-to-date BBBEE certificates available to donors. Our Friends from the USA are able to donate through our accredited 501(c)(3) educational foundation company, Friends of iThemba, which provides an opportunity to receive tax deductions.