The Motsepe Foundation is committed to playing its role in the prevention and treatment of diseases on the African continent and elsewhere 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 to help fight.
The donation was made on behalf of the Motsepe Foundation and African Rainbow Minerals, of whom Motsepe is the executive chairperson. The Motsepe Foundation said that they hoped the donation will assist Guinea with clinical management, social mobilisation, medical co-ordination 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 to programs to fight the three diseases. During the World Economic Forum on Africa held in Cape Town recently, the Motsepe Foundation announced that it had agreed to sponsor a million-Swiss-franc partnership (R13, 24 million) 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 and celebrating proven social innovators, contribute to research initiatives on best practices and scaling strategies, and build the capacity of African social enterprises through peer-to-peer exchanges.