“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter – when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” – Isaiah 58:6-7


The National Development Plan (NDPs) was adopted by South Africa in 2012 and acts as a guiding document or blueprint to tackle the challenges faced by the republic. The ultimate goal is to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030 by driving progress and addressing challenges in the economy and employment, infrastructure development, Environmental sustainability, Education, training and innovation, health care, social protection, fighting corruption and building safer communities. This plan envisions a South Africa where everyone feels free yet bounded to others; where everyone embraces their full potential, a country where opportunity is determined not by birth, but by ability, education and hard work.

The NDPs are a collection of 13 interlinked priority areas that are broken down into achievable chapters (we’ve termed them ‘Goals’ at Domino to make it easier to follow) that allow for focused interventions and change. Achieving the NDPs will require the partnership and active participation of government, the private sector, civil society and citizens alike to ensure that we continue to take our country forward and “make our future work”.

“South Africa belongs to all its people. We, the people, belong to one another. We live the rainbow. Our homes, neighbourhoods, villages, towns and cities are safe and filled with laughter. Through our institutions, we order our lives. The faces of our children tell of the future we have crafted”

National Development Plan 2030, Our future – make it work


  • Quality basic education
  • A long and healthy life for all
  • All people in South Africa are and feel safe
  • Decent employment through inclusive economic growth
  • Skilled and capable workforce to support an inclusive growth path
  • Efficient, competitive & responsive economic infrastructure network
  • Vibrant, equitable, sustainable rural communities contributing to food security for all
  • Sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life
  • Responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government system
  • Protect and enhance our environmental assets and natural resources create a better South Africa, a better Africa and a better world
  • An efficient, effective and development oriented public service
  • Social protection
  • Nation building and social cohesion


Our biblical mandate calls us to be “caretakers and stewards” of creation and so ‘Dominion’, therefore, does not mean to exploit or destroy but rather to exercise care and responsibility for both creation and the created.

At a Global level, currently, this manifests itself in the development of the SDG’s and at a National level, this is expressed in the National Development Plan, and so our programmes align with a number of the ambitious goals. Collectively, our programmes outwork 3 of the 13 NDP’s and Corporates, philanthropists and other civil society role players can support these programmes, which ultimately contribute towards meeting the NDP objectives.

Although the NDP’s largely focus on achievement with national figures and percentages, Domino applies our monitoring and tracking to our beneficiary base and the communities we currently serve, as we believe, if we focus on who we can reach, and ensure the proportion of our beneficiary base are succeeding, this will have a #DominoEffect on our national and global success.


Since we have termed each chapter a new goal, we thought we would clear this up and align with the full NDP document:

Chapters 1 & 2 = Introductory chapters and demographic trends

Chapters 3 – 15 = We have re-named to highlight NDP Goals 1 – 13 respectively i.e. Chapter 3 = NDP 1, Chapter 6 = NDP 4 and Chapter 10 = NDP 8 etc.

Addendum= The NDP ends with an addendum called ‘Conversations with South Africans’



“By 2030, South Africa’s transition to an environmentally sustainable, climate-change resilient, low-carbon economy and just society will be well under way.”

This chapter focuses on

planetary boundaries or ecological ceilings that provide the framework in which humanity exists in relation to our environment. This chapter seeks to answer what the critical things are that we need as humans, for the planet to be a safe operating environment to exist in and how do we ensure future generations get to benefit too by building resilience and capacity.

At Domino, currently this is addressed by building the capacity and resilience of communities and individuals to mitigate, prepare for and recover from climate-related disasters and shocks. Our disaster response programme not only provides relief support and humanitarian aid to vulnerable groups when disasters strike, but the team seeks to train and equip grass-roots community members and churches to mitigate the impact of disaster events through workshops and training times.

We track our progress by measuring;

Chapter 5, Sub-Sectors: 5.2.

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“By 2030, South Africans should have access to education and training of the highest quality, leading to significantly improved learning outcomes”

This chapter/goal focuses on Early Childhood Development, Basic Education, Post-School training, life-long development and the national research and innovation system. Building national capabilities requires quality education at all levels.

This goal seeks to intervene early in the lives of children and to improve levels of nutrition to combat stunting, wasting and obesity. A focus is also placed on family planning, birth registrations, parenting support, and quality learning to ensure learners are on track for formal schooling. Emphasis is also placed on improving the quality of teacher training at all levels, and school infrastructure, as well as improving literacy, numeracy and science outcomes. Post-School education covers universities, FET colleges and other adult education establishments and by 2030, South Africa hopes to increase the participation rate and throughput rate at universities and also increase the number of trained artisans entering the job market.

At Domino, our cradle-to-career implementation framework, which drives our Socio-Economic Development (SED) activities, allows Domino to walk a journey with individuals and families to change their trajectory from a cycle of brokenness and desperation to a future of hope and potential.

We believe that quality education is one of the golden keys to breaking the poverty cycle and so our education interventions are designed to support learner’s progress from foundation phase learning opportunities, right through to tertiary level education. From providing formalised ECD services, ensuring every child can read and write in English by the end of Grade 3, teaching critical thinking capacity and vital values-based life skills to the provision of bursaries and learnerships for tertiary education, Domino’s cradle-to-career model places education front and centre. Undergirding this development journey is the provision of adequate nutrition for holistic development and growth.

We track our progress by measuring;

Chapter 9, Sub-Sectors: 9.1., 9.2, & 9.3.

We track our progress by measuring;

  • ECD Child Milestone tracker
  • Stunting, Wasting & Obesity measures
  • Literacy proficiency at programme, learner and school level
  • Life Skills Values tracker
  • Skills Development learner pass rate and completion
  • ECD 150 tool measures the learning establishment and teacher qualifications
  • Domino LifeTrack

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“A health system that works for everyone and produces positive health outcomes (medical, behavioural and lifestyle) for all.”

This chapter/goal seeks to increase the average life expectancy of all South Africans, progressively improve disease prevention strategies, reduce mortality rates and prevalence of non-communicable chronic diseases, provide universal health care coverage and increase healthcare worker training, graduates and support. The NDP also recognises that the underlying factors of lifestyle choices and behavioural decisions being made by our fellow South Africans are contributing towards our quadruple burden of disease.

At Domino, our nutrition programme concentrates efforts to identify and refer children under 5 to medical support, if they present with signs of childhood stunting, wasting and obesity. We also draw on nutrition workshops to disseminate information about physical exercise and healthy eating, to help reduce diet-related non-communicable ailments such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Our Life Skills intervention seeks to reduce youth’s involvement in risky behaviour because they have taken a values-based stance on matters involving drugs, alcohol and sexual behaviour. We see critical-thinkers and individuals with hope and purpose stepping forward and making wise life choices. At Domino we also provide tertiary level education opportunities and encourage studies and bursaries within the medical/health care streams, through our Skills Development programme.

We track our progress by measuring;

Chapter 9, Sub-Sectors: 9.4., 9.9.

Tools and metrics used:

  • (S)tunting.(W)asting.(O)besity. Metrics
  • Life Skills Values tracker
  • Skills Development learner pass rate and completion

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“Create an effective social protection system that addresses all areas of vulnerability”

This chapter focuses on ensuring that every South African thrives within the limits of our planetary boundaries and social foundations. These social floors act as a minimum requirement that we know if we meet as a society, everyone is better off. We know that a society where everyone has access to food and water (not living with starvation and hunger), access to basic health and education, experience equity and equality, and live with peace and justice, is a more stable society. Social protection creates the foundation where we can all live out our best lives and express choice.

At Domino, we believe in a cradle-to-career approach covering an individual from conception to economic participation while maintaining the ‘social floors’ and ensuring below which, no-one should fall, in particular focusing on the plight of vulnerable groups such as orphans, children, youth and those who bear the brunt of poverty and inequality. Our babies home provides shelter, health care and other essential services to abandoned children, while our nutrition programme works to improve food security measures to eradicate starvation and hunger. The Domino education initiatives aim to provide individuals with quality, life-long learning from ECD, through primary and secondary school, through to tertiary level education. Our disaster programme seeks to provide relief during crisis situations while building community resilience and supporting individuals and households to develop their own capacity to respond to shocks and challenges.

We track our progress by measuring;

Chapter 11, Sub-Sectors: 11.1., 11.2., 11.3., 11.5. & 11.7.

Tools and metrics used:

  • (S)tunting.(W)asting.(O)besity. Metrics
  • ECD Child Milestone tracker
  • RedLight
  • Skills Development learner pass rate and completion

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We believe in building mutually beneficial relationships with our partners working towards community centric goals and values. By partnering with and supporting The Domino Foundation you leverage a 16 year history of consistent and significant transformation development termed the #DominoEffect of changing a life, changing a community, changing a nation.

  1. CSI/CSR and Community Development Alignment: Supporting any of the aforementioned programmes allows your organisation to outwork their desire to impact effective social change within our country through Social Justice, Education and Nutrition.
  2. B-BBEE Compliance and Tax Benefits: Investing in these allows your organisation to take advantage of the additional B-BBEE contribution points through the Socio-Economic Development (SED) Enterprise Development (ED) and Skills Development elements. We can provide relevant Certification, Affidavits, Section 18A’s and Impact Reports as necessary.

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