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Our goal is to alleviate poverty and to sustainably
improve the living standards of the poor,
unemployed and marginalised people.

- Patrice Motsepe and Precious Moloi-Motsepe

The Motsepe Foundation was founded in 1999 by Mr Patrice Motsepe and Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe. In 2013 the Motsepe family were the first on the African continent to join the Giving Pledge, started by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet. The Foundation was founded on the philosophy of ‘ubuntu’, the African concept of giving and caring for your neighbour and other members of your community. This selfless and compassionate quality is part of the age-old African culture and expresses the core value of humanity as goodness to our fellow men . The act of giving back has been and still is an integral part of our moral duty and collective responsibility. It is a concept that has held African families and communities together for generations, despite the continent’s many challenges. We are proud to pass it on to the next generation.


  • Improve the quality of life for all, including the unemployed, women, youth workers and marginalised communities in South Africa.
  • Support projects that have the potential to assist beneficiaries to become self-reliant.
  • Build non-racialism in South Africa, promote respect for diversity and encourage all races and all people of different faiths and cultures to move forward.


  • Our success comes from serving our people with humility and respecting our relationships with our internal and external partners.
  • We will consistently conduct ourselves in a manner which displays honesty, integrity, commitment and credibility.
  • We will continuously strive to be the best in everything we do.
  • We are driven by our commitment to helping others help themselves.


  • The Motsepe Foundation is rooted in South Africa but has a regional, continental and global footprint through collaborations with various partners.


Partnership and collaboration: 

  • The challenge of achieving sustainable development is beyond any organisation or government to meet on its own. We believe that building strong partnerships and collaboration is the only way to enable change and drive transformation. Accordingly, we work with different international, regional and national partner organisations including the Government, development institutions, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), civil society, academic institutions, business and the private sector, as well as faith-based organisations and traditional leaders.

Community engagement:

  • A significant amount of our work is undertaken at the community level in partnership with traditional and community leaders, NGOs and faith-based organisations. This approach encourages communities to participate in finding solutions to prevailing development problems, and in prioritising problems. It also gives communities a sense of ownership of projects, thereby, ensuring their sustainability.

Geographic focus:

  • The Foundation’s reach is global, at the national level, we work with 26 Development Forums in all nine provinces in South Africa. These areas in which the Development Forums are situated have been identified as being relatively poor, predominantly rural, townships with high population density. Within the Forums, we work with churches and anchor schools with the highest levels of enrolment and academic excellence. These schools act as our foundation for linking to the surrounding schools and the community. Given that 80% of our bursary recipients are drawn from anchor schools, they are also a recruitment pool for our bursary programmes, as well as sports, music and outreach programmes.

Over the last 30 years, worldwide absolute poverty has decreased sharply, from about 40% to under 20%. But in African countries the percentage has barely changed. Still today, over 40% of Africa’s sub-Saharan inhabitants live in absolute poverty. Against this backdrop, the Motsepe Foundation strives to reduce poverty through educational initiatives, job creation and by redressing inequality, with a specific focus on marginalised and rural communities. This commitment is also reflected in the Giving Pledge.