WITH OUR PEOPLE
The Foundation’s National Christmas Toy Distribution initiative is a social outreach programme launched in 2011, to share the spirit of Christmas with children between the ages of 0 to 15 from mostly disadvantaged communities. The programme is predicated on the spirit of giving and sharing, born out of the recognition that millions of underprivileged children cannot share the cheer and joy that traditionally comes during the Christmas season, due to poverty. The festive season is a time of joy and a time to share in the spirit of Christmas, yet so many families are hindered by poverty and despondency.
To date, almost a million toys have been distributed to children who otherwise would have not received a toy for Christmas.
Toys are distributed though our anchor schools, community centres and churches to children identified by municipalities as coming from low income households.
Over the past three years, the Motsepe Foundation has held concerts in five provinces, and has attracted an average of 200 000 people each year. Featuring the country’s top musicians, Christmas with Our People is a free music concert held in five provinces in December every year.
They also provide a platform for young and upcoming artists from disadvantaged communities to share the limelight with national performers.
Participating Provinces include: The Eastern Cape (East London), KwaZulu-Natal (Durban), Limpopo (Polokwane), Mpumalanga (Mbombela) and Gauteng (Tshwane). Artists are paid by the Motsepe Foundation. Some of the artists who have performed on this platform include Big Nuz, Mafikizolo, Cassper Nyovest, AKA, Kwesta, Emtee, Babes Wodumo, DJ Zinhle, DJ Tira, DJ Sphe and Naves.