The Popo Molefe Foundation is about uplifting youth at the very bottom of the economic pyramid. The Foundation’s ethos is bound by the belief that education is the primary and inalienable right of each and every child in South Africa.
The foundation actively engages partnerships with the business community to fund its programmes. It is acutely aware of the importance of the youth in the creation of a society that upholds the values of our Constitution, and that creates opportunities and potential for growth and prosperity for all South Africans.
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Education, youth empowerment and development are issues undoubtedly very close to struggle stalwart Dr Popo Molefe’s heart.
He has always been conscious that many young people in South Africa have needs that neither government nor their parents can meet. So when he was approached by many youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds needing financial assistance to either further their studies or chase their dreams, he didn’t think twice about assisting wherever he could.
No stranger to poverty, Dr Molefe battled against all odds to become a leading light in the struggle for democracy. His credentials are impressive, traceable to the South African Student Movement (SASM), the Black People’s Convention (BPC), the Azanian People’s Organisation (AZAPO), the Soweto Civic Association (SCA) and its Committee of Ten. He also served as General Secretary of the United Democratic Front, before becoming a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the Provincial Chairperson of the ANC and First Premier of the North West Province.
At the end of his tenure as a public representative, he made the transition from formal politics to business. He served as chairperson of the Armaments Corporation of South Africa (ARMSCOR), the Petroleum and Gas Corporation of South Africa (PETROSA), and Deputy Chairperson of Tedcor, a waste management company assisting local government. He also founded Lereko Investmets (Pty) Ltd, a wholly black-owned company that made an historic contribution in the renewable energy space, with the recently launched, concentrated solar panel plant at Bokpoort in Upington.