Today, the Motsepe Foundation National Development Roadshow landed in the UMgungundlovu District Municipality at the Life Bible Church near Imbali. The Speaker of the Municipality, Cllr N. Gabela, welcomed both the Chairman and the CEO of the foundation, Dr’s Patrice Motsepe and Precious Moloi Motsepe.
In her welcoming address, the Speaker quoted the goal of the foundation saying ,” The goal is to alleviate poverty and to sustainably improve the living standards of the poor, unemployed and marginalised people”.
She expressed gratitude to the Motsepe family for looking back with the aim to uplift poor people so that they too can have better lives. “ We May have political freedom, but we still do not have economic freedom. We need more people to come forward and assist marginalised and poor people.” Concluded Cllr Gabela.
The CEO of the foundation Dr Precious Moloi announced that 10 schools and 7 churches were beneficiaries. Each school benefited R320 000, and each church R220 000. She emphasised that as the foundation they need to know what they will do with the money, and will follow up if indeed that was done.
The Chairman of the foundation Dr Patrice Motsepe said” When we grew up, there are people from the community who helped us , especially when we had to go to University. We also saw my father assisting members of the community who were in need. Church played a very important role in our upbringing, that is why we are so close to the churches” He continued and said “It was this observation of people helping other people that motivated us to start a foundation to help people”.
Among the beneficiaries was Georgetown High School, Sbongumusa High Scholl, Nazareth Baptist Church, Life Bible Church and other schools and churches.