Mamelodi Sundowns Vs FC Barcelona
NELSON MANDELA CENTENARY CUP

Sport is another key focus area where the Foundation creates positive impact among young men and women. Young people who participate in sports tend to do well in their studies, they also develop strong physical, mental and social skills as well as future careers.

Sport is another key focus area where the Foundation creates a positive impact among young men and women. Young people who participate in sports tend to do well in their studies, they also develop strong physical, mental and social skills as well as future careers.

The ABC Motsepe League focuses on amateur youth football. This partnership with South African Football Association (SAFA) creates a talent pool for the National Professional football programmes. Additionally, the Foundation’s partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE) hosts 4 000 schools in football competitions, as well as over 3 000 schools in netball competitions nationally. Prize monies for the winning teams is invested back into the schools’ infrastructure and community development.

In the spirit of nation building, The Motsepe Foundation recently hosted a football match between La Liga Champions, FC Barcelona and PSL Champions Mamelodi Sundowns in honour of the Mandela centenary celebration. The tournament brought together South Africans from all races, ages and social classes, a true testimony to Madiba’s famous words: “Sports has the ability to bring people together.” The Motsepe Foundation has always supported the Nelson Mandela Foundation and will continue to honour Madiba’s legacy and support his work.

As a result, both the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital received investment funds from The Motsepe Foundation at the football match. The football game was only one of several events planned to honour Mandela’s legacy and to mark his 100th year celebrations. The Nelson Mandela Foundation in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation will host the Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture which will be delivered by former President of the United States of America (USA), Barack Obama on the eve of what would have been Madiba’s 100th birthday, on 17 July.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation will also host a dinner and several other lectures throughout the year in partnership with the Motsepe Foundation. The partnership between the two foundations will endure for at least the next three years.

The Motsepe Foundation has also partnered with Global Citizen (GC) a USA-based, movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. GC hosts the annual Global Citizen Festival, which is a music concert held annually in New York to coincide with the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. GC’s goal is to mobilise the youth and to lobby world leaders to commit to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This year, the concert will be held for the first time in SA in honour of Madiba. The concert draws on big name artists such as Stevie Wonder and Rihanna, who volunteered to perform in the past.

Young people gain entry tickets based on the points they have accumulated through community service or acts of activism. “It’s easy for us to work with the Nelson Mandela Foundation because our founding principles are very much aligned with what Madiba stood for,” says Dr Moloi-Motsepe. “Our Giving Pledge, and the philosophy of our Foundation is based on the values of ubuntu – we believe that we wouldn’t be who we are without the support of others and that we also need to sustainably improve the lives and living conditions of the poor and marginalised people in our country, the continent and the world. That’s what drives us. Mandela was the epitome of humility, integrity, love and respect for all people. These are values we hold dear and practice in everything that we do.”

FNB Stadium welcomed local ABSA Premiership and La Liga champions with a sell-out crowd.