- Motsepe made a R8.5m donation to churches and schools
- He calls upon parents to guide the youth and encourage them to attend church
- The president of Mamelodi Sundowns football club called upon the people to help alleviate poverty in anyway that they can
On Tuesday the Motsepe Foundation made a donation to different schools and churches in Soweto of more than R8.5-million.
Various church members and pupils from the beneficiary schools attended the event. There were also soccer legends such as Kaizer Chiefs’ Nelson “Teenage” Dladla‚ Sundowns’ Esrom Nyandoro‚ Surprise Moriri‚ Daniel “Mambush” Mudau‚ Godfrey Sapula and Orlando Pirates’ Johnny “Black Sunday” Masegela.
Patrice Motsepe who is the president of Mamelodi Sundowns football club‚ pleaded for South Africans to assist in helping the issue of poverty.
“Many of our people have no jobs. Many of our people go to bed at night without food. Many of our young children go to high school‚ perform very well but have no money to go to university. Many of our people cannot get the good medical treatment they need. All of us must try in our very humble and small way [to help] because none of us can fix all the problems.”
Speaking in the Regina Mondi church in Soweto‚ Motsepe called onto parents to encourage the youth to attend church.
He used this as an avenue to tell the story of how the relationship with the churches came about.
“We must encourage our children to go to church. I remember when I was a young boy‚ I did not always want to go to church because I thought there were other things that were more exciting outside church.”
“I went to a Catholic school which was very far from home. They would wake us up every day in the morning and we would be forced to go to church. At night‚ every day‚ before we slept we would also be forced to go to church. Those were probably the best 10 years of my life. When you are young and you recognize the importance of Jesus Christ‚ God and prayer‚ even if when we get off the line‚ as we always do‚ that experience [of going to church] stays with us forever.”
“The Motsepe family is what it is and I am what I am because of the love and the support of many people in this country. That is why there is a huge obligation on me‚ in a very humble way‚ to try and give back.”
A big event for people of the churches and schools and a kind gesture from Motsepe indeed.
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