Kagiso Trust wins 2015 East African Philanthropy Award
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Kagiso Trust, South Africa’s oldest, black led non-governmental organisation (NGO) won the 2015 African Grantmakers Network (AGN), African Philanthrop
Kagiso Trust, South Africa’s oldest, black led non-governmental organisation (NGO) has won the 2015 African Grantmakers Network (AGN), African Philanthropy Award in Tanzania.
This award, which is run by AGN, celebrates exemplary philanthropists and philanthropic organisations that employ practices effecting positive change throughout Africa. Themba Mola, Kagiso Trust Acting CEO says, “We are very proud and honoured to receive this award and to be recognised by our fellow African diaspora. This year marks our 30 year anniversary celebration and receiving this prestigious award is an indication to us that we are on the right track in pursuit of alleviating poverty and empowering marginalised communities.”
Kagiso Trust has two flagship programmes in education namely the Beyers Naudé Schools Development Programme (BNSDP) which empowers and trains educators in rural communities by providing school governance structures, leadership training and infrastructure upgrades, and works with communities around the school to participate in the management of their school. The Eric Molobi Scholarship Programme (EMSP) (which is an extension of BNSDP) provides financial support for disadvantaged learners as they study towards tertiary education degrees or diplomas, primarily in the engineering or commerce sectors.
Kagiso Trust also supports rural businesses through Kagiso Enterprises Rural Private Equity Fund (KERPEF) which strives to bridge gap for rural entrepreneurs.
Kagiso Trust Trustee, Girlie Silinda upon receiving the award on behalf of Kagiso Trust said, “ I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate the important contribution made by Kagiso Trust’s founders, i.e. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Dr Beyers Naudeì, Dr Max Coleman, Dr Abe Nkomo, Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, Dr Allan Boesak and Professor Jakes Gerwel. The driving force behind their ideal of creating a just and free society was a powerful vision and a strong devotion.”