OUR GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS
AND COMMITMENTS

We believe that when governments, the private sector, civil society and the civil sector work together rather than in isolation, much more can be achieved. The Motsepe Foundation works in terms of inclusive partnerships that are built on the shared vision of a better life for all.

In 2013, Mr Motsepe and Dr Moloi-Motsepe joined the Giving Pledge, becoming the first family in Africa to do so. Established by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, the Giving Pledge is a philanthropic initiative established to help address development challenges facing developing countries and marginalised communities.

The initiative invites the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to commit to giving more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes either during their lifetime or in their will.

Our focus is on supporting projects we deem to be sustainable – those that meet societal challenges and are viable, with long-term impact. The restructuring of the Development Forums in 2016 created an enormous opportunity for us to embark on a review process to determine where the challenges lie, as well as the most appropriate support measures for meeting the needs of the communities.

The Motsepe Foundation is committed to working with various stakeholders (international or regional) and other interested parties in addressing the many development challenges facing the African continent

Viruses like Ebola, Marburg Fever and HIV/AIDS do not respect borders and have potentially far-reaching consequences, not only in Africa but worldwide. These global issues require the international community to work together in terms of preparedness and research to find cures.

ENVIRONMENTAL: NATURE CONSERVATION, WATER AND SANITATION: The Motsepe Foundation supports the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, which is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all Earth’s inhabitants, focusing on wildlands and ocean conservation, climate change and indigenous rights.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SPONSORSHIPS: Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective one-year Master’s programme at Tsinghua University in Beijing that is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders for the challenges of the future. The Motsepe Foundation supports the Schwarzman Foundation by taking African students to study in China every two years from 2014 to 2018

HEALTH: The Motsepe Foundation works with various stakeholders to address threats from existing or emerging diseases on the African continent and globally.

  • HIV/AIDS research: The Motsepe Foundation donated US$1 million to the RED campaign headed by musician, Bono, to help combat HIV/AIDS in Africa.
  • Cancer research: The Motsepe Foundation provides funding to the Milken Institute to support and accelerate medical research for a cure for cancer.
  • Ebola: The Motsepe Foundation donated US$1 million to the Ebola fund in Guinea. The donation was mainly to assist Guinea with clinical management, social mobilisation, medical coordination and other key mechanisms for controlling the disease.

Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, with a particular impact on poor and marginalised communities. The Motsepe Foundation supports the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation in its work to address this environmental and social challenge.