Community Development is at the heart of what we do

The Marathon Team is involved in the following

4 areas of community development: 

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Church leadership
  • Sport
  • Schools



Developing entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial businesses is at the core of Marathon’s purpose and business model and we are on this journey every day.

Our founder, Alwyn Rossouw, is an alumni and former Cape Town Board member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organisations (EO), a business network of +- 11,000 business owners in 48 countries, that aims to fuel the entrepreneurial spirit globally.

 Church Leadership



Marathon is a member and supports the Willow Creek Association (WCA), a Chicago Christian based organisation, whose mission it is to develop leaders globally to make a difference through their local churches. 

WCA's passions is to help leaders worldwide realize God's vision for their lives, churches and communities. They share ideas and build partnerships. Through The Global Leadership Summit (TGLS), Partners, and WCA Membership they deliver vision and inspiration to resourced regions; and they bring training and opportunity to under-resourced areas. The Global Leadership Summit is a two-day, world-class leadership event experienced by more than 250,000 leaders from 90+ denominations in 120+ countries, representing more than 14,000 churches and translated into 50+ languages. Marathon team members have been attending the live Summit in Chicago since 2008.


The Marathon team has a deep love for sport and recognise the important role it plays in society development. In the Marathon Group of companies 2 of our team members are actively involved in rugby coaching at the highest level :

Pieter Rossouw (Paarl Gymnasium, Toshiba Japan, Namibia RWC coach and former Blue Bulls coach),

Chris Rossouw (Stellenbosch Academy of Sport coach and former coach of the Maties 1st rugby team)

Reinier Matthee committed time and resources to help Ernst van Dyk, a South Africa wheelchair racer and hand cyclist, to build a business model around his personal brand. Ernst has won a record 10 wheelchair titles in the Boston Marathon and was also awarded the Laureus World Sports Awards for Sportsperson with a Disability of the year for 2006.



The education of children should be at the heart of any society. The leadership of Marathon is actively involved in a few schools to strengthen its structure and execution capacity. 

Marathon also supports the Partners for Possibility programme (, a Symphonia for South Africa initiative, that has a bold vision to achieve Quality education for all by 2022.

The programme incorporates a simple idea of partnering business leaders with school principles to enhance quality education, improve the school environment and encourage the engagement between parents and teachers in under-resourced schools.

Alwyn Rossouw is an advisory board member for Symphonia for South Africa (a registered NPO & PBO).