Old Mutual | Do Great Things
  • About usThe Old Mutual Foundation is one of the corporate social investment pillars of Old Mutual, and has the mandate to invest in socio-economic development initiativesRead More
  • Enterprise DevelopmentThis portfolio generally focuses on the development of SMEs in agriculture, manufacturing and environmental sectors.Read More
  • Skills Capacity DevelopmentThis portfolio aims to support accredited skills training programmes for unemployed people that lead to permanent job placement.Read More
  • Education Our focus on developing maths and science provides school learners with an opportunity to access tertiary studies.Read More
  • Staff VolunteerismOur staff are the visible heart and hands of Old Mutual in the communities. We support our staff volunteers and provide financial aid to organisations at which they volunteer.Read More
  • Vulnerable CommunitiesA responsible society must protect and provide for vulnerable children, those with disabilities and the empowerment of women.Read More
 

Welcome to the Old Mutual Foundation

Empowering people, cultivating communities, building a nation

At the Old Mutual Foundation we believe in transforming hardship into hope, obstacles into opportunities and tribulation into triumph.

It’s not just about providing funding. We’re committed to creating the kind of change that has a positive, sustainable impact across South Africa – empowering people and communities through skills development, education, socio-economic transformation and job creation.

While we’re committed to enhancing the lives of all South Africans, our main focus is currently on rural communities, where financial support and transformation is most needed. By strategically investing in individuals and organisations across these communities, we begin to strengthen the very foundation of our society, helping to build brighter futures and – ultimately empowering our nation to do great things.

Since the Old Mutual Foundation was established in 1999, we’ve been continually inspired and amazed by the resilience and power of the human spirit and its ability to triumph in the face of adversity. This is what compels us to continue reaching out to those in need across our country.

Over the last two decades, corporate social investment in South Africa has aligned itself with global practices. As a Foundation, we’ve learned invaluable lessons about CSI, the most important of which is the fundamental need to develop strategic social investment projects across key areas.

Our five key focus areas are: Enterprise Development, Education, Skills Capacity Building, Support for Vulnerable Members of our Community and Staff Volunteerism. By integrating these CSI activities into the very core of our business, we can measure and improve their effectiveness.

This website is designed to showcase the inspiring work of five local initiatives, each representing one of our five key areas of focus; organisations that are committed to actively empowering and positively transforming the lives of people and communities in need.

The Old Mutual Foundation celebrates the rich diversity of our nation and commends the countless individuals and organisations that remain steadfastly committed to breaking the cycle of marginalisation and poverty across South Africa.

“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.” – Nelson Mandela


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May 22, 2014 Schools are sites of learning and hope and the Meerhof School, a special-needs school in Hartbeespoort, is no exception. On Friday, 9 May it also became a place of joy when Old Mutual handed over R85 000 towards funding a much-needed revamp of the school’s computer lab. The support coincides with Old Mutual’s 21st year as…
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September 30, 2013 Of South Africa’s 16 million school-going children, 12 million walk to school. Of these, 500 000 walk more than two hours each way, spending four hours getting to and back from school each day. Bicycles are the most effective and economical method of addressing this problem. On 26 September 2013, the Old Mutual Foundation donated 50…
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September 06, 2013 The Old Mutual Legends programme assists Bayede! to expand their exclusive Royal luxury wine collection On 7 August 2012, seven exclusive new wines were launched at the One&Only in Cape Town by Bayede!, a social Job Creation enterprise supported by the Old Mutual Legends programme.   Through the support of the Old Mutual Foundation and the effective…
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May 23, 2013 This week Old Mutual celebrates its 168th year of business, and to commemorate this special occasion Old Mutual has partnered with Stop Hunger Now to pack 16 800 meals for impoverished communities at its offices in both Cape Town and Johannesburg. Stop Hunger Now coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid to vulnerable communities…
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May 02, 2013 Old Mutual South Africa CEO Marshall Rapiya returns to his former high school to pay it forward. 4th March, King William’s Town, Eastern Cape – Marshall Rapiya, CEO of Old Mutual South Africa, today returned to his secondary school, Thembalabantu, to officially hand over a donation made by the Old Mutual Foundation to strengthen…
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