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 04, 2016 Graaff Reinet is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and is situated in the Camdeboo district in the Eastern Cape. For many young women arriving here, it is a road to hope. Our project visit to the SA College of Tourism actually started yesterday with a flight from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. After sorting…
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March 02, 2016 Although the social development focus of the Old Mutual Foundation is primarily on economic empowerment, in certain circumstances the Foundation will also step in to provide disaster relief funding. Last year in March 2015, the entire Cape Peninsula was ravaged by wild fires which devastated huge swathes of land. A central fire relief fund was set up by media…
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March 01, 2016 "Active ageing, in the community, for as long as possible, is our goal" says NOAH Deputy-Director Gavin Weir who is kindly hosting the Old Mutual Foundation's visit to Selby Lodge in Maitland, Cape Town. Selby is one of 11 lodges in the local Cape Town area run by Neighbourhood Old Age Homes (NOAH), which provides affordable housing…
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February 29, 2016 When I was a youngster, I remember my school principal's comments written in my school reports, "Louise needs to read more." Decades later, this sage advice still rings true for any child today. However, it's difficult to encourage a love for reading in children if they have no books in their home and if there're…
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February 27, 2016 Waking up at 4h30am at Grootbos Private Nature Reserve is an almost spiritual experience. The pre-dawn air is cool and still, and a calm peace rests over the remains of the night. There is nothing but complete bush silence. But what is most striking is the waning moon still high in the sky, reflecting brightly…
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