As 2017 draws to a close, we wish to update you on the work that the Motsepe Foundation has undertaken over the past 9 months.
The application process for the 2018 intake is currently open to students who reside within the Foundation’s Development Forum network across the country. Applications will be open until the end of October 2017, after which qualifying students will receive correspondence from the MF.
The Motsepe Foundation continues to provide opportunities for students who wish to further their university education in STEM. Currently 1600 bursaries have been committed over the past 3 years.
For more information about bursary applications, contact; firstname.lastname@example.org
The Motsepe Foundation Alumni Launch:
The Motsepe Foundation launched its first group of alumni in July this year. Here is what some of our graduates had to say;
“My mother is the only person who updated me about this bursary, and she personally applied for me. This is the best bursary as it helped me avoid a financial burden, as my parents they were going through financial limitations. Motsepe Foundation came through for me and enabled me to further my studies without limited resources like books, proper accommodation and meals.”
– Khutso Fenyane, Motsepe Bursary Graduate and Alumna
The Alumni sub-committee, is currently working on putting together a survival kit for 1st year students, is comprised of the following members;
The Kay Motsepe School Cup Finals:
The finals of the Kay Motsepe Schools Cup were played out at the FNB Stadium as a curtain raiser to the much anticipated Bafana Bafana game against Burkina Faso.
The Kay Motsepe Schools Cup National Finals kicked off on the 4th of October 2017, at the Vaal University of Technology, with 18 provincial teams playing for their stake in the coveted Championship Cup. After a series of exciting and energising matches, four provincial teams proved their resilience and emerged as the top performers for 2017.
The National Championship Cup winners for 2017 are;
Winners: Rosina Sedibane Secondary School (Gauteng)
Second place: Guzana High School (KZN)
Third place: Haggai High School (Limpopo)
Fourth place: Beaufort West High School (Western Cape)
The provincial winners in soccer are set to receive R100 000 each, R1 million for the National Champions, R600 000 for the second runner-up, R500 000 for the third runner-up, and R400 000 for the team that secures the fourth position.
The Motsepe Foundation congratulations to all the winning and provincial teams for their inspiriting performance and commitment to sport.
One hundred and twenty-five schools participated in provincial competitions across the country. Thirty-five schools qualified for the National Finals, which were played between the 5th and 7th of October.
Out of the 35 schools that qualified for the National Finals, Four schools out of the thirty-five qualified for an opportunity to travel to Singapore in November to represent South Africa in an international tournament.
The 2017 Ubuntu and Botho top three division winners are as follows;
Gold: Morwathebe (Lim)
Silver: Manzomtombo (WC)
Bronze: Machakela (NWP)
Gold: AHMP (Gaut)
Silver: Paarl Girls (WC)
Bronze: Menlo Park (Gaut)
Motsepe Foundation National Roadshow
The 2017 leg of the Motsepe Foundation National Roadshow commenced this year in July. Vhembe, Mopane, Tshwane (Attridgeville, Mamelodi, Soshanguve), Kwa-Mhlanga, and Mmakau, followed by Sedibeng, Empangeni and Nelson Mandela Bay were visited, where 121 school and church beneficiaries received a donation of R150 000 each for infrastructural development. These schools and churches have joined a wider network of 170 schools and churches that received donations in 2016.
The purpose of the roadshow, is to bring impact to our people on the ground, by working closely with the local churches and schools.
To date, R25.5 million has been committed to upliftment programmes in South Africa. Each donation will be used towards a series of infrastructure refurbishment projects, including ICT centres, laboratories, libraries, roof upgrades, etc.
For the remainder of the year, 31 schools and 23 churches are scheduled to be visited in the following communities;
Christmas with Our People
The biggest end-of-year highlight for the Motsepe Foundation’s team members and stakeholders alike, is sharing in the spirit of Christmas with children in each province.
The Motsepe Foundation will donate 279 000 toys to children; from toddlers to 10+ year old children across the country. The drive will commence in the Freestate, followed by the Western Cape, Limpopo, North West, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Gauteng South, KwaZulu-Natal, and Gauteng North.
An initiative of this scale is made possible with the assistance of the Motsepe Foundation team, its network of National Development Forums, as well as grassroots efforts from volunteers in the government and private sector, who all help with the distribution of the toys to all 9 provinces in South Africa.
Nothing brings people together better than music, which is why we are excited to host our annual Christmas with Our People Concerts with an exciting roster of local and national artists. As part of our objective to uplift communities through social engagement, especially the poor and the marginalised, the Motsepe Foundation brings music and the joy of Christmas to ordinary South Africans. Coupled with these concerts are engagement initiatives with small local businesses as well as communicating with the youth through positive and healthy messaging.
The concerts are organized with some of the country’s top artists to achieve the broader objective of empowering our youth.
Concertgoers can look forward to inspiring performances by; AKA, Ricky Rick, Kwesta, Mafikizolo, Casper Nyovest, Oskido, DR Malinga, Fifi Cooper, DJ Zinhle, Sphe & Naves, Major League DJ’s, DJ Tira, Big Nuz, Nadia Nakai, and Emtee; who will all perform their latest and most-loved songs while opening up the stage for emerging local artists.
To top it off, national favourite – Thembi Seete – will bring her high-energy charm as the national concert MC.
Concerts are scheduled to take place on the following dates;
In case you missed it:
Following the successful launch of The Little Black Book (link to book page on website), the Women’s Unit has kept busy with partnerships and upliftment projects throughout the year. During Women’s Month, the Motsepe Foundation’s engaged girls from its affiliate schools across the country in the 2017 Girls in STEM initiative, hosted at the Johannesburg-based Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, in partnership with WomEng.
Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe and Minister Susan Shabangu gave messages of hope to young girls, encouraging them to work hard and reach for their dreams.
The objectives of the workshop were to showcase future careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields, and provide insight into the future of the workplace as a result of the increasing presence of artificial intelligence and robotics.
The workshop succeeded in engaging girls in the dynamic world of STEM with the help of women in engineering, which took girls on a journey of discovering and learning more about the STEM field. We hope that by laying the foundations in STEM we can help close the gender gap and shape a future in need of engineers, scientists, technologists, and the like.
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