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    Educating the future leaders of South Africa

  • About the IDH Foundation


    The IDH Foundation was founded in 2017 by Ian Douglas Hamilton. The Foundation is committed to an initiative for the benefit of all those living in South Africa. The initiative enables and allows donors and partners in the IDH Foundation the opportunity to contribute to the initiative.

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    Ian Douglas Hamilton

    Ian Hamilton completed his schooling at King Edward VII in 1970.

    Subsequently he obtained the B Comm. Llb. and MBA degrees and is Advocate of the High Court of South Africa.


    In March 2002 Ian founded Investment Data Services Group, (now Sanne Group South Africa), providing administration for hedge funds, private equity funds and administering conventional unit trusts operating in Southern Africa and Malta.


    Ian has been associated with the investment industry for over thirty years as an analyst, portfolio manager and director of well-known South African investment houses.


    Since selling IDS Group Ian has concentrated on the Scotstone Group that is an international investment house and as a director of several investment funds in South Africa and internationally.


    He recently joined Simera Sens as a non-executive director. Simera Sens is in the international space industry.

  • Trustees


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    Jacques Floris Louw

    Jacques took over the role as senior partner in the practice Lionel Murray Schwormstedt & Louw after Gordon Schwormstedt resigned during 2001. He heads the media division. Jacques has been involved in a number of high profile media cases over the years, ranging from defamation cases to opposing witness subpoenas. The other part of his practice is in the commercial field.


    He is an active committee member of the Cape Law Society and also serves on numerous charities.


    When not at the office or tinkering in his woodwork studio at home, Jacques spends time with his family, plays squash and travels through the countryside on his motorcycle.

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    Jill Janet Fisher

    Jill has a bachelor of accounting science attained from Unisa and bachelor of commerce honours accounting from the University of Natal.


    With 20 years’ experience as an accountant which includes auditing, management reporting, fund accounting, the management of a corporate finance division, payroll and HR as well as managing a team in preparing IFRS financial statements.


    Over the years she has attained a skill set which includes excellent attention to detail, technical ability, problem solving, people management and coaching. She is passionate about learning new things and always eager to take on new challenges and always willing to use these skills to help develop young people in their careers. Currently Finance Associate Director of the Sanne Group SA.


    She enjoys baking, sewing and being creative in all aspects of life.

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    Xolisa Dhlamini, CDFA

    Xolisa an independent consultant in the area of sustainable responsible investment. He is a Chartered Development Finance Analyst (CDFA) with the Chartered Institute of Development Finance (CIDEF). He holds a BCom from Wits University, a BCom (Hons) from UNISA and a Masters in Development Finance from the UCTGSB.


    Xolisa has taught responsible investment and impact investment modules on the Masters in Development Finance, the Post-Graduate Diploma in Management and the Impact Investing Executive course offered at the UCTGSB. He has also been a regular contributor on responsible investment at conferences in Africa, including the annual Africa ESG Forum. He also a member of investment committee at the Institute of Retirement Funds Africa.


    He is currently in the 3rd year of the PhD programme at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCTGSB). His research focuses on the implementation of responsible investment by South African pension funds as part of their fiduciary duty.

  • Objectives

    The IDH Foundation objective is to assist families and individuals from a previously disadvantaged background secure financial support for education.


    The Foundation does not select individuals or receive applications from applicants. Instead the Foundation relies upon the donors to the Foundation to select candidates they know and would like to assist.


    The Foundation was established at the beginning of 2017 and currently provides assistance to five school going children, a technical colleague student and a university student.






  • Sponsors

    Channeled donations from companies that would like to sponsor a Beneficiary and get a tax and BEE credit are welcome.


    Criteria requirements for sponsorship:-

    • The chosen degree nominated by the Beneficiary must be relevant with viable employment opportunities once the degree has been complete.
    • It is recommended that the Sponsor is prepared to offer vacation/internship work and a permanent job/position within the company once the degree has been completed.

    For enquiries relating to sponsorship please contact the Foundation via the Contact Form on this website.


    Please note that unsolicited emails from those seeking sponsorship will not be acknowledged or answered.

  • The KES Scholarship

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    The KES Scholarship is to provide as financial assistance to a Matric Scholar from a previously disadvantaged background.


    2021 is the first year the scholarship will be awarded. The beneficiary will be chosen by the school.


    Donations will be channelled through the IDH Foundation. This means that for South African donors the donation is tax deductible and the IDH foundation will provide the tax certification.


    There are no administration fees. All the IDH Foundation costs are carried by the Foundation’s Founder. This means that 100% of donations go to the beneficiary.


    Please contact the IDH Foundation using the below contact form for further information.


    To date R20 000 has been raised.

  • Contact The Foundation

    Please email the Foundation regarding sponsorship.


    Note that the beneficiary selection is the choice and responsibility of the sponsors, unsolicited emails from those seeking sponsorship will not be acknowledged or answered.