We partner or contribute funds to programmes where other organisations are better suited to effectively deliver on those programmes. Health is an important indicator of society’s social and economic well-being.
Our focus areas in health has been towards:
- HIV/AIDS e.g. Red campaign of mother-to-child transmission – a donation of R11 million ($1 million) was given to the (RED) Campaign towards its collaboration with the Global Fund.
- HIV/AIDS research; a contribution of $1 605 650 and €2 605 000 to AMFAR for the development of a cure.
- Cancer research; with the Milken Institute, which received a total contribution of $450 000 from 2013.
- Child survival programme; contribution of R750 000 ($107 000) through FC Barcelona, in 2007, in support of UNICEF SA.
The Motsepe Foundation is committed to playing its role in the prevention and treatment of diseases on the African continent and globally where a need arises.
Over the years, many organisations have played a significant role in fighting deadly diseases like malaria, HIV and tuberculosis. The Motsepe Foundation recently made a significant contribution in the fight against Ebola, donating US$1 million (About R12m) to the Ebola fund in Guinea.
The donation was made on behalf of the Motsepe Foundation and African Rainbow Minerals, of which Patrice Motsepe is the Executive Chairperson. The Motsepe Foundation hoped the donation will assist Guinea with clinical management, social mobilisation, medical coordination and other key mechanisms of controlling the disease.
“The Motsepe Foundation will continue to contribute and assist in the fight against Ebola in West Africa and will work together with various stakeholders and other interested parties.”
Motsepe called on the African and international business community, and medical fraternity, to continue contributing to the fight against the disease. “According to the World Health Organisation, Ebola is an epidemic in certain countries in West Africa,” Motsepe said.
“However the impact of the disease has potentially far-reaching consequences for West Africa, Africa and the world. It is a global issue which requires the global community to work together and bring an end to the disease.”
Ebola has killed nearly 5 000 people, mostly in Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
The Foundation has also donated US$1m to the RED Campaign, headed by Musician Bono, to help combat the HIV/AIDS issue globally.
Created in 2002, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria supports prevention, treatment and care programs for these diseases.
The Global Fund is the biggest donor towards programs that fight against the three diseases. During the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, held in Cape Town recently, the Motsepe Foundation announced that it had agreed to sponsor a Million-Swiss-Francs in a partnership between the Motsepe Foundation and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
This partnership aims to advance the social entrepreneurship agenda in Africa; by raising awareness, engaging the media, celebrating proven social innovators, contributing to research initiatives on best practices and scaling strategies, and lastly, building the capacity of African social enterprises through peer-to-peer exchanges.
Most of our donations have been private but the need and challenges are great and we hope that our Giving Pledge will encourage others in South Africa, Africa and other emerging economies to give and MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.