The Motsepe Foundation has donated a total of R117-million to the Department of Basic Education to promote sports and culture over the next ten years, Minister Angie Motshekga and Motsepe Foundation founder and Chairperson Patrice Motsepe have announced.
The Minister explained that all the 25 000 public and private schools in South Africa, from both rural and urban areas, will be invited to participate in all three competitions – the Kay Motsepe Schools Football Cup, the ABC Motsepe Schools Choral and Traditional Eisteddfod and the Kay Motsepe Schools Netball Cup.
In the first five years, R55 million will be allocated for these competitions, and in the subsequent five years, from 2021 to 2025, the Motsepe Foundation will contribute another R62.5 million. “Sporting and cultural activities in education help advance social cohesion and are an integral part of a holistic education system. “As the Department of Basic Education, we are extremely grateful to the Motsepe Foundation for this generous contribution, which we believe will go a long way in advancing the development of our learners within the system,” Minister Motshega said.
The Minister said these educational programmes will help to enhance the national identity of learners and promote the country’s diverse cultural understanding. Co-founder and Deputy Chairperson of the Motsepe Foundation, Precious Moloi-Motsepe, said sports and music make an important contribution to the growth and development of youth and they also help youth to become good role models.
“My father-in-law ABC Motsepe loved choral and traditional music and before he started his businesses, the school where he was the headmaster (Sekitla High School) was an eager participant in choral and traditional music competitions.
“I am also excited that we will be sponsoring netball, which is very popular among our girls in the rural and urban areas,” she said. The department and the Motsepe Foundation are currently in discussions to finalise the prize allocation for the winners of the various categories of the ABC Motsepe Schools Choral and Traditional Eisteddfod, as well as the Kay Motsepe Schools Netball Cup.
The Kay Motsepe Schools Football Cup is the biggest schools soccer tournament, carrying a national first prize of R1-m. The prize money goes towards a project identified by the school, and often benefits the larger community. Provincial winners receive R100 000. The competition has been running for the past 10 years.
Chairman and Founder of the Motsepe Foundation Patrice Motsepe, said that he was excited by the partnership with the Department of Basic Education in developing school sport and culture.
Minister Motshega said that she noted that the South African Football Association (Safa) had been supporting and partnering with the Motsepe Foundation and the Departmentt of Basic Education to further develop schools’ football.
She added that the donation would “go a long way to advancing the development of learners” and pointed out that research had shown that schools which had been successful in sports also tended to have higher academic results, while some of the best schools in the country had strong choral music programmes.
“We have to enhance the national identity of our learners and promote our diverse cultural understanding,” Motshekga stated.
Safa president Danny Jordaan and Spanish premier football division La Liga president Javier Tebas, who was reportedly in South Africa to open a local La Liga office, which would help facilitate tournaments between teams in the domestic Premier Soccer League and teams from La Liga, were present at the announcement
Jordaan said that SAFA believes that football should be promoted throughout the country at basic education level, which would help the organisation realise its Vision 2020