Note from the Motsepe Foundation CEO
The past public holiday afforded me a moment to reflect on the work of the Motsepe Foundation; how far we’ve come, and how much we have yet to achieve. This national holiday reminds us of the fragility of our hard-earned freedom and rights in SA. As a Foundation, we have to continue to strive to improve the lives of the poor and the marginalised, and help our people to become self-reliant, because we believe that our future and success is intricately linked to the future and success of all our people.
Over the last few months, the Motsepe Foundation has been busy; Liaing with students and univeristies for our student’s bursary programme, with the school and church refurbishment projects we committed to during our 2016 National Development Roadshow, many of which have been completed; the successful launch of the resource booklet -Little Black Book by the Women’s Unit, a heartening and enlightening experience we hope to bring back through other events; the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Awards at the World Economic Forum (WEF), where we recognised community changemakers with the Schwab Foundation; the upcoming Kay Motsepe Schools Cup, where we work closely with the Department of Basic Education to promote sport among the youth; and lastly, the 2017 ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod choir competition in July, that brings together schools from all over the country.
What I am particularly excited about, is the graduation of our scholarship students. I am pleased to extend my congratulations to them, as they embark on a new chapter following all the hard work they’ve put in over the years. I hope their next chapter is filled with success, adventure and of course, a sense of charity towards those around them.
The Motsepe Foundation team and I are hopeful about what’s to come, in the near future and beyond. Our unyielding commitment to uplifting the people of South Africa, including the marginalised, drives every initiative and project at the Foundation.
We thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to sharing our latest projects with you going forward.
Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe
BURSARY STUDENT GRADUATION
Every graduation marks the entry of a new wave of ambitious professionals in the workplace. Through its bursary programme the Motsepe Foundation has allocated 1200 scholarships to students from under-privileged backgrounds who will soon be armed with degrees in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) fields. This year, we are proud to announce that 63 students will graduate from some of the country’s top universities, earning them a future in Medicine, IT, Engineering, Pharmacy, and other much needed professions.
We look forward to seeing how our students will pay-it-forward in their careers with the values and ethics they share with the Motsepe Foundation.
The Motsepe Foundation already supports the arts through the annual music competitions at primary and secondary school level. It is our intention to extend our bursary programme to include students in the Arts.
Message from a recent graduate:
Good day Sizakele;
I just wanted to thank the Motsepe foundation for funding me to Degree level. Without the funding, it would have been impossible to finish my studies as there is no one at home who is employed. My mom sells meat for a living, but the funding helped a lot, from tuition fees to textbooks.
I am so thankful. On 5th of April I graduated. I have no words to thank the funding.
Enkosi kakhulu ku Motsepe foundation!
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK LAUNCH BY THE WOMEN’S UNIT
International Women’s Day bode well for women across the world, particularly for women in South Africa, some of whom gathered to celebrate the launch of the Little Black Book by the Women’s Unit of the Motsepe Foundation. This highly-anticipated occasion was also an opportunity for over 300 women of all stripes to discuss key pressing issues around access to information that affect them today; in business, health, education, and media. Core issues centred around finding sustainable and effective ways to advance and empower women in order to reach a collective call to action that the invited guests and organisations could commit to. This includes providing access for, and encouraging, young girls to take up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) subjects to open them up to opportunities in the economic and financial world, where a gender parity remains an issue.
Attendees included members of the government, public and private institutions, youth and women’s rights organizations, international NGOs and development partners.
If the success of this book launch is anything to go by, then the Women’s Unit can look forward to organizing many such events to empower and engage women.
In case you missed out on the book launch, you may download a digital copy of the book here. You may also watch one of the book launch panel discussions.
THE SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR (SEOY) AWARDS AT WEF
Many of the world’s best entrepreneurs, freshest thinkers, and influential voices descended upon Durban on 1-3 May for the annual World Economic Forum (WEF). Each year, the Motsepe Foundation partners with the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, to acknowledge Africa’s leading change-makers.
The evening kicked-off with a rousing performance by the Umlazi School Choir, the provincial winners of the ABC Eisteddfod Schools Choir Competition (find out more about this upcoming event below). Following the choir’s performance, 11 social entrepreneurs were awarded in recognition of their work, hailing from Rwanda, India, the United States, Vietnam, and other nations.
The Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) Awards was established to recognize and promote social entrepreneurship on the African continent, and advance and foster social entrepreneurs as an important catalyst for societal innovation and progress. Additionally, these Awards help to raise awareness on the role and importance of African social entrepreneurs, and the importance of advancing their social agenda.
As part of its 3-year partnership with the Schwab Foundation, The Motsepe Foundation nominates outstanding social entrepreneurs from the African continent, and sponsors the Award gala dinner, as well as an Executive Programme for social entrepreneurs at Harvard University.
The partnership contributes to the academic and business growth of the awarded entrepreneurs. The award exposes entrepreneurs to a pool of possible partnerships and networking opportunities through the Schwab Foundation’s association with WEF.
Last year, Tracey Chambers, the CEO of the Clothing Bank (who completed the Harvard Executive Programme in March 2017) and Luvuyo Rani, the CEO of Silulo Ulutho Technologies, were the recipients of the 2016 SEOY Awards.
UPCOMING EVENT: KAY MOTSEPE SCHOOLS CUP
The power of sport has proven itself time and again as one of the foremost catalysts of youth and community upliftment. Starting in July until September, the Motsepe Foundation, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, will host the provincial games of the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup in netball and football. Last year, some 5200 schools in netball, and 4840 schools in football participated, making the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup one of the biggest school tournaments in the country.
The three netball finalists that emerged as the National champions in 2016, won an opportunity to participate in an International Netball Tournament in Singapore. Two of the three teams that partook in the tournament, came from disadvantaged communities. In football, the national finalists received a donation of R1 000 000 for first place, R600 000 for second place, R500 000, for third place, and R400 000 for fourth place. Each school that made it to the provincial level received an award of R100 000. The first provincial game in 2017 is set to take place in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.
The closing date for the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup is the 28th of April 2017. Updates will be provided on the Motsepe Foundation website.
UPCOMING EVENT: 2017 ABC MOTSEPE SCHOOLS EISTEDDFOD CHOIR COMPETITION
School children across the country are preparing the for the biggest choir competition in the country, as they clear their throats for a stake to compete at the penultimate choir competition this July. To kick-off this melodic affair, the provincial leg of the competition will soon be underway. Farm schools, special schools and mixed choirs from primary and secondary schools participate every year.
The National Executive Committee of the Eisteddfod competition is preparing to meet at the end of April to confirm the dates of the provincial competition which will lead up to the Nationals at Rhema Bible Church in Randburg, Johannesburg. Last year, a total of 11 200 schools participated, performing a variety of traditional, national and religious hymns and anthems.
Considering the high benchmark set by last year’s competition, the 2017 Eisteddfod choir competition is on track to be an event to remember for many children across South Africa.
The national leg of the ABC Eisteddfod Choir Competition will take place on 4-6 July 2017. Updates will be made available on the Motsepe Foundation website.
PROJECT UPDATE: THE 2016 NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ROADSHOW
In 2016, the Motsepe Foundation kicked-off its annual National Development Roadshow; visiting communities in all 9 provinces of the country, such as the community of Mdantsane in East London, and the community of Umlazi in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Schools and churches are often positioned at the heart of most communities, therefore the agenda of the National Forums last year was to identify local schools and churches in each community and provide monetary donations of R150 000 towards infrastructural developments and refurbishments. A total of 101 schools and churches were the beneficiaries of the development fund. Since then, 47 refurbishment projects have been completed.
Working closely with the leaders of the 26 Development Forums spread out across each province, and building new relationships with their respective schools and churches is paramount to the Foundation’s commitment to understand and effectively identify challenges that affect each community, address problems at a local level, identify areas of improvement, and review progress at ground level.
Updates on the development projects will be made available on the Motsepe Foundation Website. See gallery of the Development Forum projects and the National Development Roadshow.