Sporting and cultural activities in education help advance social cohesion and are an integral part of a holistic education system” – Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga said yesterday during the launch and activation of the Motsepe Foundation’s 10-year sponsorship agreement for the development of schools football, choral and traditional music and netball.

The Motsepe Foundation had announced a sponsorship amounting to R117,5 million over a period of 10 years in partnership with the Department of Basic Education. This initiative is also supported by the Department of Sports and Recreation, as well as the Department of Arts and Culture.

Founder and Chairman of the Motsepe Foundation, Mr Patrice Motsepe, on Tuesday, 12 April 2016, announced that the Motsepe Foundation was activating a pledge to donate R117‚5 million over 10 years to promote soccer‚ netball and the arts at schools.

An amount of R55-million over the first five years of the agreement will be allocated to:

  • › The Kay Motsepe Schools Football Cup
  • › The ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod, (Choral and Traditional Music)
  • › The Kay Motsepe Schools Netball Cup

For the following five years (2021 to 2025) the Motsepe Foundation will contribute another R62,5 million. The Motsepe Foundation said that all the 25 000 public and private schools in South Africa, from the rural and urban areas have been invited to participate in all three competitions.

The Kay Motsepe Schools Football Cup has been running for the last 10 years and, and arguably carries the biggest prize for the winners in school sports in world football – a whopping R1-million first prize, R600 000 for the runner-up and R400 000 for the third prize.

The priize money is ring-fenced for projects at the winning schools which are identified by the school, and are often projects which benefit the whole community around the school as welll.  In addition, each of the provincial winners also take home R100 000 in prize money.

The co-founder and CEO of the Motsepe Foundation, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe said, “Sports and music make an important contribution to the growth and development of our youth and helps them become good role models.  My father-in-law, Mr ABC Motsepe loved school football as well as choral and traditional music.  Before he started his businesses, the school for which he was a headmaster participated in schools football and choral and traditional music competitions.  I am also excited that we will be sponsoring netball which is very popular among our girls in rural and urban areas.”

The Kay Motsepe Football Cup is run in partnership with the South African Football Association and the Department of Basic Education.

Said SAFA President Danny Jordaan: “This partnership is a great platform and vehicle that will assist our Vision 2022 goals. We have insisted that we need to increase the number of participants that play the game of football and the biggest potential of growth lies within schools. We want more kids to be exposed to football at an early age and we also believe it is within schools that the future Bafana Bafana stars will be identified. We have also introduced an online registration platform called Inqaku for all the school’s football registration. This will assist us in having a database for all the players and curb the age cheating syndrome. The online registration for school is available on on the homepage.”

The sponsorship  for the ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod, (Choral and Traditional Music) will amount to R3- million per year and the sponsorship for the Kay Motsepe Schools Netball will amount to R2- million per year.

“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 and promote our diverse cultural understanding” said the Minister of Basic Education, Mrs Angie Motshekga.