Support The Help An African School Project

The ‘Help a South African School’ project launches new competition to UK primary schools.

Support the ‘Help a South African School’ campaign.

The nationwide initiative, which is part of the South African Fruit campaign, invites schools to submit an assembly script based around ‘Doing Good with South African Fruit’.

The winning school will be awarded £2,000 to spend on school resources and the two runners up will receive £500 each.

Judging the scripts will be the South African embassy in the UK and British television presenter, author, broadcaster and live-show performer, Stefan Gates. The winner will be asked to perform the assembly in front of the judging panel and local press.

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Stefan Gates said: “I have supported this initiative for several years by putting on one of my science stage shows (Gastronaut Live) for the winning school. The competition is a fantastic opportunity for UK primary schools to learn about fascinating South Africa, and understand how buying South
African fruit can have such a great impact on the lives of the country’s growers and workers.”

Alongside the competition will be the opportunity for UK primary schools to donate unwanted English text and reading books to deprived schools in South Africa. All you have to do is visit”, fill out the form and your books will be collected.

The South Africa fruit industry is committed to supporting its workers and their families. Jacques du Preez, General Manager Trade & Markets, Hortgro said: “This project illustrates the strong link between purchasing South African fruit and making a difference to the country; it has galvanised
support from across the industry and beyond”

  • The Help a South African School competition is run by HORTGRO, the industry association representing South African fruit growers
  • The Beautiful Country, Beautiful Fruit campaign has been running in the UK and Germany since 2009
  • The South African fruit season begins in December with peaches and nectarines. This is then followed by plums and then apples and pears.