“Sport has the power to change the world …it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down barriers” – Nelson Mandela.


The Motsepe Foundation’s involvement in sport, music and the arts is driven by the belief through these fields, young people are able to escape social hardships that so commonly plague the youth in urban and rural areas alike. At the same time, the Foundation is aware that sport, particularly netball and football which is the sport most played by the underprivileged in South Africa, can alleviate the devastatingly negative effects of poverty.

Encouraging both girls and boys to partake in sport, music and art is part of the Motsepe Foundation’s goal to make a humble contribution to the development of these fields in South Africa.

As part of its National Development Programme in sport, music and the arts, the Motsepe Foundation announced a sponsorship amounting to R117, 5 million over the course of 10 years. The sponsorship will work towards the development of football, netball, choral and traditional music, across the country, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education.

During the first five years of the sponsorship from 2016, an amount of R55 million will be allocated to:

the Kay Motsepe Schools Football Cup to the value of R6 Million per annum.

the ABC Motsepe Eisteddfod, Choral and Traditional Music to the value of R3 Million per annum.

the Kay Motsepe Schools Netball Cup to the value of R2 Million per annum.

For the next five years, from 2021 to 2025, the Motsepe Foundation will contribute another R62,5 million.

Kay Motsepe Schools Football Cup

Few experiences better engage the youth than sport.  As part of the Motsepe Foundation’s objectives of improving the standard of living of South Africans, the program was established to positively contribute to the improvement of the learning and teaching environments in schools.
In addition to fostering the development of the youth, the program gives students the opportunity to progress in the world of football on a provincial and national level, and be identified for their talent.

The Motsepe Foundation has commited to sponsoring an amount of R6 million per year for the next 10 years. As part of the sponsorship, the winning school of the Kay Motsepe Schools Football Cup receives R1 million, which is used towards an improvement and development program for the school.

Kay Motsepe Schools Netball Cup

Female children are often faced with many challenges that deter them from advancing and grabbing the opportunities made available to them. Sport is one of the ways of providing the much-needed space, support and security for each girl. Generally, female sport does not receive much attention from the private sector for developmental purposes, therefore the Kay Motsepe Schools Netball Cup provides an opportunity for girls under the age of 15 to explore this opportunity to participate in organized sport. The under 15 netball tournament started on a very high note with over 5 500 schools registering their teams to participate in 2016.That translates to more than 66 000 young girls participating in this tournament throughout the country. The 3 teams that will win the National tournament will be presented with an opportunity to take part in the International under 15 tournaments in Singapore. One of the 3 teams will be the development team, from disadvantaged backgrounds. The exposure and experience of this team in an international tournament will inspire them to work harder and improve their skills.

The Department of Basic Education and South African Schools Netball have dedicated their time to ensure a seamless delivery of the tournament throughout the country. Massive parental support has been observed in all of the provincial competitions, which is very encouraging as there is a great need for parents to encourage and support their children when they are involved in these activities. The Motsepe Foundation remains committed to supporting and growing this tournament.

See the 2016 Provincial teams in the Gallery

ABC Motsepe League

The Motsepe Foundation sponsors the ABC Motsepe leagues as part of its contribution towards amateur football, in partnership with the South African Football Association (SAFA). The main objective of the contribution is to drive football development at the lower levels of the community and ensure growth of football in South Africa. This will ensure that young stars receive an opportunity to showcase their talent and enter a professional league

The league is named after the late father of Mr Patrice Motsepe, Mr ABC Motsepe. This is in recognition of the legacy of Mr Motsepe Senior, who was an educator, a school principal who was committed to the growth and development of the youth, an entrepreneur, a visionary and a philanthropist in his own right. As a school principal, he was renowned for ensuring that even students who were turned down by other institutions were admitted and educated and stressed the need for students to be innovative and passionate about whatever they do.