About Us

Overview

Forward Foundation was officially founded by brothers Le Roux and FC Conradie and is an amalgamation of 15 years of nation-building, social innovation, and a call to impact communities. All our programmes are centred and geared towards two distinct philosophies that direct our moral compass with dignity and respect - Education Through Movement and Moving Forward, Faster.

We combine sports and physical activities with several other innovative and key developmental programmes, including early childhood development (ECD), primary and high school programs, and young adult career path development.

Our Team

Meet our team of go-getters, building the path to move forward faster.
Click on each team member’s photo to get to know us better.

Le Roux Conradie

Managing Director

Rozanne Jantjies

Admin Manager

Arrie Houggaard

Play 4 Life Project Manager

Mario Penwarden

Executive Head of Kinetix

Zhaun Booysen

Head of Rugby Programmes

Janovan Apollis

Physical Education Facilitator

Bianca Bezuidenhout

Head of Marketing Communications

Patrick van Wyk

Touch Rugby Head Coach and Conditioning Specialist

Armien Bailey

Head of Rugby Recruitment

Allison Collins

Rugby Team Manager

Curtis Gordon

Life Skills Coach

Ricardo Booysen

Rugby Manager

Cleo Minnaar

Head Netball Coach

Our Team

Our Partners

Our Partners

Our partners play a critical role in our success.
Click on each partner’s logo to find out more about each of them.

Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors

“Our ambassadors are public figures who are leaders in their field, representing the fields of sport,
culture, music and beyond. They demonstrate leadership in their professions and serve as positive
role models through their work and passions. They are committed to move South Africa forward,
faster and play a critical role in raising awareness of the needs for skills development. They continue
to use their talent and voice to fundraise, advocate, and educate on behalf of the South African
youth"

Bottomless Coffee Band / RAAF

The Bottomless Coffee Band (RAAF), Lourens & Este’ Rabe’ is a multi-instrumentalist folk-rock band from Cape Town. The husband-and-wife duo writes, Lourens and Este’ Rabe’ composes and performs songs about sharing a fierce love for life, music, traveling and coffee. The partnership between the foundation and the well-known artists is purposed to advance the foundations work through music and creative expression. The inspirational power of music is at the heart of this project and is focused on reaching and transforming young people. The song and video, titled, Moving Forward Faster, is aimed at spreading a message of hope for youth, and to inspire them to overcome the social struggles they face. The much-needed funds that are raised through telling the story of this song will be administrated by the foundation to fuel a variety of youth focussed projects on under- resourced communities in the Western Cape.

Bianca Bezuidenhout

Bianca Bezuidenhout is the Head of Marketing at Forward Foundation as well as one of our ambassadors. She obtained her BA degree in Marketing Communications at AAA School of Advertising and specializes in Marketing Communications and Fundraising. She is also a Zumba dance instructor, speaker and business owner of a swimwear brand called; She Succeeds. In 2021, Bianca also made it to the Top 5 of Miss South Africa and is passionate about helping the South African youth to grow their skills and capabilities and to use every opportunity to stand up, speak up and show up for their future.

Muller Du Plessis

A professional South African athlete and sevens player for the South Africa Sevens team in the World Rugby Sevens Series. Muller's preparation for a professional rugby career began when he was just five years old. Growing up, he loved the farm, outdoors and is passionate about sports. As a Christian, his faith and family mean everything to him. Muller believes that talent is God's gift to you and what you do with it is your gift back to God. Therefore, he wants to inspire every young aspiring South African athlete to believe in the power of their dreams and to embrace their God-given them.

Branco Du Preez

Branco Bewinn Nazeem du Preez is a South African rugby union player, playing with the South Africa national rugby sevens team. He is a utility back, but usually plays as a scrum-half for the Blitzbokke. He is also the most capped SA Sevens Player and is known as a positive male role model in the sport industry. He is passionate about working with the youth, especially inspiring young aspiring athletes to chase their dreams and to believe in themselves, despite their circumstances. He has shown tremendous support towards our sport development programmes and events where he uses every opportunity to inspire, equip and educate young players to work hard towards their rugby dreams.

Eloise Webb

Eloise Webb is originally from East London and form part of the women’s SA 7’s team. She represented the Springbok Women's Sevens team at the Rugby World Cup Sevens in what can only be described as a ground-breaking year for women's rugby in our country. She has a passion to inspire young female rugby players to dream big and equip them with the needed skills to further enhance their capabilities and chances to play nationally and internationally. She is a positive female role model in the sport industry and has shown tremendous support towards our Women’s Rugby Clinics.

Mathrin Simmers

Mathrin Simmers is a South African rugby sevens player. She is one of the first female rugby players to get a professional contract in South Africa. She is 3 x World Cup Sevens player, captain of the South Africa Women’s Team, 8 x African Champion with the South African 7s Women's Team, 2 x Commonwealth Games player, 1 x Rugby Tens Championship player. She has a passion to inspire young female rugby players to dream big and equip them with the needed skills to further enhance their capabilities and chances to play nationally and internationally. She is a positive female role model in the sport industry and has shown tremendous support towards our Women’s Rugby Clinics.

Unemployment is one of the most important issues in South Africa at present and the Forward Foundation has found a way to begin to address this challenge. That is why they deserve our support.

Johan Fourie Professor of Economics at Stellenbosch University, Author of “Our Long Walk to Economic Freedom”

At Unitrans we recognize that it is a constitutional and economic imperative to secure a sustainable and prosperous future for all South Africans. As such we are committed to make a difference in the communities that we operate in. We have partnered with Forward Foundation who enables us to make a difference by providing early childhood development skills and resources as well as socio-economic development expertise.

- Unitrans

Most of us has got the potential but not all of us the opportunity and therefore we are very proud of what the Forward Foundation is doing. To be part of changing someone’s life forever through development, sport, learnership and leadership programs run by the Forward Foundation is really special especially looking back at all the success stories. We firmly believe that we all need to do our part in uplifting our community even if we could only make a difference in one person’s life.

- Bidvest McCarthy Toyota Paarl

Sport plays a big role in the development of our youth. Not only is it important for their physical health it also helps them with social interaction and teaches them various other disciplines. Forward Foundation plays a role in developing our youth, that is why we support Forward Foundation.

- Chill Beverages