For years, possibly a decade, I have been asked by Woolworths cashiers whether I have a MySchool card. It sounded like a scheme for rich housewives to channel some funds to their childrens' schools and I always replied in the negative without thinking much about it. But a bit of digging on the net has revealed that this is one of the largest (retail) fundraising drives in the country.
Anyone (even wage-slave singletons) can apply for this range of cards and select a range of beneficiaries; these institutions will then receive a fraction of the proceeds. It's not clear what the fraction is, but the programme raises R2.2m per month and it costs nothing for shoppers to join it. And it's not just a Woolies thing, there are various other retailers that support the scheme.
For more information: http://www.myschool.co.za/about-myschool and application form: https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/apply/. I was pleased to see that St. Barnabas College (my almer mater) and LEAP Maths and Science School (a school producing great matric results for the Alexandra community) are both beneficiaries.
(image sourced from: http://www.myschool.co.za/about-myschool).