The Indaba Foundation invests in Early Childhood Development in the Winelands of South Africa

About Us

The Indaba Foundation (IF) improves young children’s capacity to develop and learn by providing world-class, internationally-recognized, and accredited Montessori teacher training, learning materials, and educational infrastructure.

Introducing skilled and resourced educators into these communities in the child’s earliest years of life will greatly improve their chances of a successful adulthood – enhancing family life, elevating societies, and building a better future for South Africa.

Our History

The IF was established by Cape Classics which has invested in South African education since 1996

Indaba scholarship established

Awarded to financially needy and academically deserving students to pursue wine-related studies in South Africa



1st recipient awarded

Mzokhona Mvemve becomes one of South Africa’s first black Africans to be a certified winemaker

Indaba Scholarship transforms into Indaba Foundation

The IF obtains status as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit to address the needs of the region’s most vulnerable children by investing in Early Childhood Development

11th recipient awarded

11th and final recipient of Indaba scholarship graduates



Cape Classics creates sales donation

For every sale of a case of Indaba wine from January 1, 2016, Cape Classics donates $0.50 to the IF

Launch of the Indaba Institute (II)

Lynedoch Early Learning Centre upgrade

Upgrade interior and exterior of on-site Montessori school

Our People

Board of Directors and Officers

Andre Shearer

Andre Shearer


CEO, Cape Classics

Fabio Ficano


Academic Advisory

Linda Richter

Director of the Department of Science and Technology & National Research Foundation Centre of Excellence in Human Development, University of the Witwatersrand

Adele Diamond

Canada Research Chair Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Takao Hensch

Joint professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School at Boston Children’s Hospital; Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard’s Center for Brain Science

Angeline Stoll Lillard

Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia; Elected Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science

Philip H. Fisher

Dr. Fisher is Philip H. Knight Chair and Professor of Psychology and is the director of the UO Center for Translational Neuroscience.

Staff: Indaba Foundation

Andrè Shearer

Andrè Shearer


Staff: Indaba Institute

Emma Snowball


Stella Burger


Jasmine Jacob


Juliet McGear


Nomvelo Lupuzi


Our Partners

Behind every farm, winemaker, bottle, and grape lies an untold story. Collectively, we discover these tales and share them with our customers. Demanding authenticity, Cape Classics operates the “old-fashioned” way, with the relationships and social responsibility at the forefront of our business. The 29 wineries we represent throughout South Africa and France embrace sustainable eco and social practices, doing their part to help preserve lands for future generations while improving the human condition now. Our wines are expressive, crafted with passion and perspective, and delivered with the same hallmark levels of service and professionalism since 1992.

The Indaba Foundation appointed the Sustainability Institute (SI) as its local partner to house the globally and locally accredited Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training center, the Indaba Institute. The SI, a nonprofit trust, founded in 1999 focuses on learning for sustainable African futures. The institute is based in Stellenbosch, South Africa, and has provided development facilitation to create a child-centred approach to building sustainable communities in Africa.

The mission of Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), is to work with organizations like the Indaba Foundation to further the rights, education, and welfare of children worldwide. AMI is committed to transcending borders in order to serve children through innovative educational initiatives using Montessori principles and practices.