After a successful visit to East London on the 17th of November, the Motsepe Foundation took its 2016 National Development Roadshow to Umlazi V Section in Durban.
Two schools and six churches from Umlazi were given a donation of R150 000 each, earmarked for infrastructural developments. The donation made by the Motsepe Foundation is part of a wider agenda to uplift and develop communities across the country.
Many members of the Umlazi community gathered at the St Augustine Anglican Church, including an appearance by local artist, DJ Tira, to bear witness to the recipients of the non-profit’s contribution.
The spirited affair was led by Radio host, Mroza Buthelezi of Ukhozi FM, who assisted the Chairman of the Motsepe Foundation, Mr Patrice Motsepe, and the Vice Chairman, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, with their announcement.
During the ceremony, the Chairman reiterated on the Motsepe Foundation’s mission in the field of education. “Part of the message of the Motsepe Foundation is that…when we uplift and help the poor, we have a future. If the poor don’t have a future [and] the unemployed don’t have a future – [then] all of us don’t have a future.”
The funds given to Umlazi Secondary School will be funneled into a Life Sciences laboratory and a Dramatic Arts room, while Thamela Primary will receive a new concrete walkway in addition to other necessary developments. St Augustine Anglican Church will use the funds to acquire musical instruments and machinery for skills development. Oasis of Fellowship Church will build a new stage with their donation, while Fortress of Hope International Church can look forward to a public address system and two shipping containers.
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church will use its donation to build an extension of the existing building. Methodist Church of Southern Africa, from the Ogwini Section, and KwaMashu Christian Centre will use its funds to renovate the church premises.
The respective principles and representatives of the selected churches and schools received their donations with visible excitement, often turning to the Chairman and Vice Chairman to give their thanks before the congregation broke into song with church hymns.
A focus on education, in addition to sports and the arts, remains as the core focus of the Motsepe Foundation. To ensure that it’s donations and initiatives address the most pressing issues in the country, the Motsepe Foundation works closely with religious and traditional leaders, in the belief that these leaders best understand the needs and challenges of their respective communities.
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