KST refutes false allegations about alleged tender corruption in their partnership with the Free State Department of Education

KST takes exception to the recent news reports that make serious and groundless allegations that it is involved in tender corruption in the Free State Department of Education.

KST is not involved in tender fraud or corruption. Thus these allegations are false and baseless.

“We vehemently and categorically state that there has been no tender awarded to KST by the Free State Department of Education (FSDOE), and KST does not compete or bid for government tenders to build school infrastructure. We only implement school infrastructure projects that fall under the partnership agreement with the FSDOE,” says Themba Mola, Chief Executive Officer, KST.

According to Mola, KST entered into an innovative matched-funding agreement with the FSDOE in 2013 to implement a District Whole School Development model in disadvantaged schools in Fezile Dabi and Motheo Districts.  The partnership has been funded through contributions of over R500 million from its partners, the Kagiso Trust (R115 million), Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (R115 million), FirstRand Empowerment Foundation (R100 million), and the Free State Department of Education (R246 million).

The funds are used for the implementation of empowerment and transformation workshops, construction of school infrastructure, curriculum and leadership development and social development programmes, such as eyesight testing for primary school learners.

KST has well established governance structures that ensure efficient and effective delivery of the model. These include the external advisory board, which provides strategic counsel and guidance, and the provincial management committee, which facilitate joint planning and decision making.  These structures include representatives from each of the partners in fulfilling their different roles. 

“We are proud of the impact we have made in the Free State and our achievement speak for themselves. The benefits of the programme have been positively realised over the years and can be observed in the improvement in the pass rate and quality of matric results, in both the Motheo and Fezile Dabi Districts, concluded Mola.