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 initiatives
  • Enterprise DevelopmentThis portfolio generally focuses on the development of SMEs in agriculture, manufacturing and environmental sectors.
  • Skills Capacity DevelopmentThis portfolio aims to support accredited skills training programmes for unemployed people that lead to permanent job placement.
  • EducationOur focus on developing maths and science provides school learners with an opportunity to access tertiary studies.
  • 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.
  • Vulnerable CommunitiesA responsible society must protect and provide for vulnerable children, those with disabilities and the empowerment of women.

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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March 25, 2016 Graham White (19) grew up on a farm just outside of Malmesbury in the Western Cape. "I was always interested in cooking," he says, "As a child I used to help my ouma make malva pudding in the kitchen, measuring out the ingredients and stirring the mixing bowl." So when he read in the newspaper that the…
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March 23, 2016 "Just lean right," says Thandanani facilitator Agnes Mkhize, who is busy directing us to Dambuza township just outside Pietermaritzburg, KZN. We are on the way to visit Ntombizonke Phenduka who is currently receiving support from the Thandanani Children's Foundation. Ma' Phenduka looks after five children and an elderly grandmother with the support of the Thandanani Children's…
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March 22, 2016 Walking into The Clothing Bank (TCB) in Mayville, Durban, I see a sign in large letters on the wall that reads 'Welcome to your Future'. The Old Mutual Foundation has walked a journey with TCB for a number of years, so I know that that sign is no exaggeration. The Clothing Bank sorting area, where donated…
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March 21, 2016 Elangabini Primary School is set high on a hill in KwaZulu-Natal, in an area outside Durban called Mpumalanga which means 'the place where the sun rises'. No wonder I was confused by my GPS, because I now learn that this area was so named long before the new provincial name for the then Eastern Transvaal…
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March 20, 2016 When we planned the itinerary for the #Journey2 road trip, we wanted to visit selected schools in the four provinces in which the Old Mutual Education Flagship Project (OMEFP) is running. Today we're visiting St Marks College (594 pupils) and St Marks Primary (482 youngsters) in Jane Furse, Limpopo where there are 12 schools on…
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