Targeting Talent / Talent Development Programme (TTP/TDP)

Targeting talent, investing in excellence, facilitating success


The Targeting Talent/ Talent Development Programme (TTP/ TDP) was launched in 2007 as a pre-university enrichment programme in partnership with the Goldman Sachs Foundation and Telkom foundation. It was piloted from 2007 – 2009 with 267 learners from the Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces.

TTP/ TDP aims to increase the academic, social and psychological preparation of academically talented learners from disadvantaged and better resourced backgrounds to access higher education opportunities. The programme recruits top performing learners in maths and science to be part of the programme annually. Once selected, learners become involved in the programme over a two or three year period from grade 10/ 11 through to grade 12.

The programme consists of the following elements:

  • Learner supplementation and enrichment  programmes
  • Residential assistants programme
  • Educator’s enrichment programme
  • Family Workshops 

Learner supplementation and enrichment

The programme includes academic, social and psychological enrichment. Three contact sessions are held annually to prepare learners for their final grade 12 examinations and for access higher education institutions by providing additional support to improve their academic performance and psychologically prepare them for university life.

The first and last contact sessions, held every March/April and September/October for a one week period focuses on mathematics and science supplementation to improve learners’ academic performance in these areas.

The main contact session, the two week residential academic enrichment camp (RAEC), is held every June/July for a two week period .This contact session aims to promote the academic and personal development of learners through a range of academic and social activities.

The programme currently hosts approximately 1090 learners from grade 10 – 12 from schools nationally of which approximately 520 learners are newly selected learners who have joined the programme this year. All learners are jointly funded by the South African National Roads Agency, Ltd (SANRAL), Beyond Petroleum Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd. and the Department of Science and Technology (DST).  

1163 learners have graduated from the programme and are currently being tracked by the SETMU team. Some of these learners who graduated from the programme in 2009 and 2011 are currently in their third and final year of study.

Of the learners who graduated from the programme in 2012, some who are pursuing studies this year are currently in their second year of study. Amongst this graduate cohort, approximately 46 learners were top grade 12 achievers provincially and nationally. Please see below.

TTP/TDP and GUTS Top Achieving Learners of 2012

Lastly, of the learners who graduated from the programme in 2013, some who are pursuing studies this year are currently in their first year of study.

Residential Assistant Programme

A group of responsible university students are recruited to assist in the implementation of the programme. The students selected are trained by the Counselling and Careers Development Unit (CCDU) based at the University. The role of these volunteers includes: looking after the learners during the residential programmes; escorting learners to various venues; and mentoring, motivating and supporting learners throughout the programme. Through responsible behaviour and support, these volunteers also act as role models to the learners. Some of these assistants are graduates of SETMU’s programmes, who have chosen to take up this role as a means of self-development and ‘giving back’ to the unit.

Educator enrichment programme

The June/ July contact session, in addition to learner development, also promotes educator enrichment.

Maths and Science educators from the same schools as the learners are invited to participate in a week-long professional development programme. Educators participating in the programme receive input from various experts on effective methods of teaching the mathematics and science curriculum. The educator enrichment programme aims to academically and socially enrich educators who are part of the programme. 



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Target Talent students


 The opportunity of being part of this programme exposed me to a whole different side of education. I received the privilege of being taught by some of the best and highly qualified lecturers. During the past six contact sessions, we have all had the chance to meet new people from different walks of life and engage with them. In the midst of our conversations whether short greetings down the corridor, or long talks about the Johannesburg weather and intensity of the programme in the dining hall; I have discovered that no matter how different we are; there will always be that element that we all have in common, and that is the power to dream and achieve- because we are all capable of that. 

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to our loyal donors BP and SANRAL for fuelling our future and paving our road to success. I would also like to say “thank you” to the Limpopo Department of Education for going the extra mile to make our education ooze with value.

My gratitude also goes out to all parents, guardians and educators for your unconditional support and endless words of encouragement from the beginning till now. Ms Zena Richards and the SETMU team, thank you for making our participation in this programme extra special. Professor Loyiso Nongxa, thank you for taking time from your pounding schedule to be with us today; your presence is highly appreciated- thank you for being part of this journey.

Finally, my fellow TTP diamond, soon-to-be university students; let us not allow the hardwork of every team player who contributed to making this programme a success go to waste but let’s keep the flag flying high by making the most of every opportunity available to us. The time to make things happen begins now. Keep walking like Jonny Walker and be the captain of your own ship like Captain Morgan, and always remember, the future begins with the present.

Vukosi Maluleke, Learner from Lemana High School