Ululations and clapping of hands occurred in Khayelitsha on Tuesday when chairperson of Motsepe Foundation, Patrice Motsepe, announced he is donating R500 000 annually toward developing Khayelitsha and surrounding areas.
Motsepe said the initiative is to support long-term sustainable developmental and upliftment projects in partnership with local residents and their communities.
He made the announcement in Khayelitsha’s OR Tambo Hall where a number of religious organisations, NGO’s, businesspeople and aspiring entrepreneurs gathered.
Accompanied by his wife Precious Motsepe, provincial ANC leader Marius Fransman and ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile, he told hundreds of people that his donation must by used over the next 12 months.
“This money is for a year and we want it be used, because sometimes you find amounts of money stuck in a bank are not used while people go hungry,” he said.
He said the Foundation would “work together with companies that are associated with the Motsepe family and where appropriate, will partner and work together to increase the impact and benefits for the poor, the unemployed and other marginalised persons”.
He said the challenges of unemployment were not only for the government to deal with challenges of un-employment, but business and civil society also had to help.
With assistance from the Foundation, the community would select a committee which will put forward suggestions on how best to spend the money,
He said the Foundation would also make suggestions on how to spend the money but “it must be clear that the committee will be selected by the people”.
Mayoral Committee Member for Human Settlement, Thandeka Gqada, welcomed the initiative on behalf of the executive Mayor Patricia de Lille.
Gqada encouraged people of the Western Cape to use the opportunity.
Khayelitsha resident Nombulelo Manyosi she was happy with the donation and the money could help young people who had a vision to start their own business.
Manyosi said she’s part of a group of five women from different parts of Khayelitsha who have been making traditional dresses since 2010 and “would love to benefit” from the initiative as they would like to expand. – Nombulelo Damba