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Presidential fund to launch on Africa-focused STEM research

Harvard University announces a new gift from South Africa’s Motsepe Foundation, which will launch the Motsepe Presidential Research Accelerator Fund for Africa to advance groundbreaking research on key issues impacting the continent. This gift will support faculty-led and student-driven science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research across Harvard’s Schools, exploring questions of crucial importance to the region.

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Innovation, Technology and Future Careers for Women

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The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need for robust national and global planning, which relies on the innovative technologies and scientific solutions available. In our transforming global world knowledge in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) is foundational to a nation’s socioeconomic development and success. Translating research into products, processes, ideas and systems that improve life requires the skilled collaboration of all active members of our society.

In a country where STEM professionals are in short supply, and the youth are the first generation to pursue higher education in many households, inspiring interest in STEM requires greater understanding around the industries authority to shape our lives and the diverse opportunities for innovation available to them. To continue the legacy of Professor Maathai, and others who have led transformation, it is important that training in STEM is encouraged at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education.

Women and girls in particular are challenged by intersectional forces of exclusion. This Women’s Month we aim to empower their participation in the knowledge economy through industry networks that build and invest in their progress.

This session we bring together South African women in STEM to: discuss the current trends transforming business and society; showcase the diverse roles they play within their sectors; highlight their impact and contributions; and discuss their motivations for nurturing a passion in STEM.

African Women Should Be at the Center and Forefront of the Continent's Development

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Emotional Intelligence for Personal Growth and Leadership Development

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There are skills and capacities that may be developed, understood and practiced, that assist with life’s journey in general and with navigating this uncertain landscape in particular. These attributes and skills refer to ‘Emotional Intelligence’. Rather than book learning intelligence or IQ, these capacities highlight the importance of flexibility, resilience, stress-management, self-awareness, forming meaningful relationships, self-management and developing realistic optimism.

Emotional Intelligence is considered the ‘Sine Qua Non’ of leadership, as well as individual fulfilment. These street smart skills are mobilised in response to stress and assist in dealing with situations where our control may be limited.

By breaking down the normalcy of our lives before COVID-19, and relating this to our behaviours and emotional state under the new-normal, the discussion will share insights that will assist us in growing into new ways of being.

Watch Webinar: 26 June 2020

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Youth Talk: Living Free

The youth of 2020 lead drastically different lives from the youth of 1976. Despite being born into democracy, inequality in South Africa – created from years of systematic oppression – remains divided across racial lines.

As the Black Lives Matter movement takes over the world, we are compelled to question our individual and collective roles in creating a society free from discrimination.

By inheriting democracy at birth, the “born frees” became pioneers of its creation.

Watch Webinar: 26 May 2020

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Mental Health and COVID 19 – Education Perspective

COVID-19 has had different impacts on different segments of the population, with some people being capable of learning and working remotely, while others are not. At the same time, during this pandemic we have seen a renewed spirit of care for educators, staff and students as institutions and organisations are forced to continue productivity in the midst of a national and global crisis.

The emotional distress of employees and students has become a noteworthy concern. As we embrace for an easing on lockdown restrictions such as isolation, organisations and institutions will serve as the main point of social contact for many – as social gatherings and other forms of recreational travel remains banned.

Watch Webinar: 12 May 2020

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Mental Health and COVID 19 – Perspectives of Mental Health

To appeal to a wide audience holding diverse perspectives, panellists who offer alternative support to those suffering from mental illness will discuss their role, in relation to the formal medical help available. This will include perspectives from religious organisations, gender organisations, cultural researchers and artists. These alternative support systems are often the first responders to families and individuals seeking guidance, through their churches, advocacy work, research and social media platforms.

Watch Webinar: 4 May 2020

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Motsepe Foundation In Conversation Mental Health and COVID 19

The mandate of the Motsepe Foundation, and the Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership (CGEL), is to promote the wellbeing of all South African people. Mental health interventions are necessary for improving the overall health and security of affected people and is vital for national growth and development.

Forthcoming Webinar: 12 May 2020 @14H00

Mental Health and COVID 19

Watch Webinar: 12 May 2020

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Mental Health and COVID 19 – Perspectives of Mental Health

To appeal to a wide audience holding diverse perspectives, panellists who offer alternative support to those suffering from mental illness will discuss their role, in relation to the formal medical help available. This will include perspectives from religious organisations, gender organisations, cultural researchers and artists. These alternative support systems are often the first responders to families and individuals seeking guidance, through their churches, advocacy work, research and social media platforms.

Watch Past Webinar: 4 May 2020

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Motsepe Foundation In Conversation Mental Health and COVID 19

The mandate of the Motsepe Foundation, and the Centre for Gender Equality and Leadership (CGEL), is to promote the wellbeing of all South African people. Mental health interventions are necessary for improving the overall health and security of affected people and is vital for national growth and development.

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Our goal is to alleviate poverty and to sustainably improve the living standards of the poor, unemployed and marginalised people.
- Patrice Motsepe

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

EDUCATION

IS POWER

Our Commitment

Our belief is that South Africa’s youth are the next generation of leaders, drivers of innovation and economic development. This belief underpins our investment in education, particularly in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Flagship Projects

Encourage young people to channel energy and free time into constructive, positive activities.

SPORTS

MUSIC AND ARTS

Our Commitment

As an integral part of youth education and personal development, sport, music & art helps to build both character and confidence, thereby preparing young people to meet the challenges of a competitive world.

The Motsepe Foundation has committed to a 10 year partnership with the Department of Basic Education. The agreement covers the following areas: ABC Motsepe League, Kay Motsepe Schools Cup – Football and Netball, ABC Motsepe Schools Eisteddfod

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Schools and churches are the core foundation for building better communities

Community Development

Roadshows

Latest Project

Schools and churches are the core foundation for building better communities and by supporting these institutions the whole community benefits.

Share the joy of Christmas with underprivileged families across the country

Christmas with

Our people

Latest Project

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.

The Foundation’s National Christmas With Our People (CWOP) concerts & 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.

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“EMPOWERING WOMEN AND GIRLS
CREATES GLOBAL PROSPERITY “

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Latest Project

While significant progress has been made across numerous fronts in most countries, gender equality for African women and girls is still far from satisfactory.

The Motsepe Foundation’s support for the achievement of this Sustainable Development Goal 5 is focused on four key areas:

  • Information in the form of the Little Black Book to empower women;
  • Gender responsive budgeting to ensure that women’s needs are accounted for in provincial and national processes;
  • STEM education to promote the participation and retention of women in STEM subjects within the education value chain;
  • Women’s summits to elevate and discuss issues that accelerate women empowerment and gender balance.

Projects that meet societal challenges and are viable, with long-term impact

Nation

Building

Latest Project

The Motsepe Foundation is committed to working with various stakeholders (international or regional) and other interested parties in addressing the many development challenges facing the African continent and international community, in the following areas:

  • Environmental: nature conservation, water and sanitation
  • International school sponsorships
  • Health
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