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Phoenix College

Education is the greening of the mind to achieve sustainable mental development

Business Profile for 2018

Executive Summary

Since the founding of Phoenix College in 1994, it has been providing quality education at an affordable cost. Today it is one of the best “low fee independent schools” serving the lower socio economic group of previously disadvantaged learners. It was recently mentioned in “Hidden Assets”, a report by the “Centre for Development and Enterprise” on “low fee independent schools”, sponsored by the Templeton Foundation in the U.S.A.

Phoenix College has made its mark as a valuable and integral part of the community by obtaining:

  • 100% Matric Pass rate since 2008
  • 2018 Top school in Athletics (primary)
  • 2018  Top school in soccer, Inner city league.
  • 2018 Top school in drama in Gauteng.
  • 2018 Menelisi Ncube Under 18 Top Chess player.
  • 2017  Top school in Volleyball.
  • 2017 Top debating team in Gauteng.
  • 2017 Top Matric students in Economics and Business Studies
  • 2017:Talia Ndlovu Captained Gauteng Chess Team that came 2nd in SA National Competition.
  • 2017:Number 1 Volleyball team for U15 & 17 in the district.
  • 2017;Thabisani Sibanda obtained a UNISA certificate for CELLO.
  • 2016 Best production ensemble in drama
  • 2015:Zakhele Mthembu Top learner in Gauteng Maths Lit
  • 2013: Rachel Mhlomi 2nd in Gauteng School Chess  
  • 2013: Our top student in matric achieving 7 distinctions
  • 2012: Our top student for 2012 in grade 12, Nkosinathi Sibanda, was the Top (Dux)

            student in Gauteng, thereby being awarded the Nelson Mandela Trophy.

  • 2012: Visit by Professor, Doctor Ball, head of Education and prolific author visits Phoenix College
  • 2012: Runners up in TV Maths/Science show.
  • 2012: Winners of the HSS trophy for Gauteng for grade 10
  • 2008: Obtaining the trophy for the “Top Achieving School” in Gauteng South..
  • 2007: Obtaining an international award from a Swedish N.G.O. as a child caring school.
  • Ms S Sebata – Top Matric Educator in the district in Isizulu Home Language. (2012, 2015, 2016)


  • Ms N Nleya –Top Matric Educator In the district in English FAL (2013, 2014)
  • Providing skills training courses such as Entrepreneurship and Project Management to learners, when available, placing them in front of the queue for jobs or university entrance upon completing their school education.
  • Providing an outreach program consisting of computer and mathematics lessons to learners from public schools in the townships on Saturday mornings at R16-00 per lesson.

It should be borne in mind that not only were these achievements obtained by a low fee school costing  parents less than the fees at former model ”C” schools, but educating a learner in this school also costs the state less than one third of what they would have paid to educate a learner in a public school.

Many of our learners completed their education from grade 1 to grade 12 at Phoenix College and are now sending their children to Phoenix College.

Many of our learners are now studying overseas and one of our learners is a judge in a High Court of South Africa while many others are engineers, attorneys and educators.

The college provides a comfortable working environment for staff members and many have expressed their loyalty by remaining at Phoenix College for many years.

The role played by Phoenix College was acknowledged in 2010 when a photograph of our learners carrying South African flags was put on the cover of a birthday card sent to Madiba from the Johannesburg district of the municipal council. (Esther Dipale)

Many parents are engaged in the informal economic sector which limits the tuition fees that can be charged and the present economic crisis is affecting fees income. The revision of the National Norms and Standards for School Funding in order to cap the level of government subsidies to independent schools, is now placing further expenditure restrictions on independent schools,  leading to serious financial problems.

Looking at the future survival of Phoenix College, plans will have to be made to:

  • Obtain sponsorship.
  • Enlarge the school.
  • Expand the activities at the school by introducing a computer college.
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