The Foundation plays a key role in MTN's commitment to bringing about meaningful
and measurable change in disadvantaged and rural communities across South Africa.
Using technology to drive social development, particularly through education, is
core to the Foundation's efforts.
In 2015, over R75m was invested in ICT in education, enterprise development, health
and other projects, including building and equipping customised ICT centres at two
special needs schools for over 300 learners. Formalised as a non-profit entity in
2001, the Foundation partners with communities, civil society, government and other
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Education is one of the MTN SA Foundation's four main portfolios. We focus on improving information and communication technology (ICT), connectivity in rural schools, building educator capacity in maths, science and languages, supporting existing science centres, building tele-teaching aids and skills amongst educators and learners and making infrastructure improvements in schools.
MTN SA Foundation recognises that the wellbeing of a community is inextricably linked to the health of its people. Without good health, people are unable to actively contribute to the socio-economic growth of their society. Through its health portfolio the foundation promotes sustainable healthy lifestyles in communities. This is achieved through school and community-based initiatives targeting TB, lifestyle diseases and HIV and AIDS. The Foundation undertakes these interventions in partnership with different organisations, promoting programmes that support disease prevention, early detection, as well as treatment, care and support for needy communities.
Arts and culture
The arts and culture portfolio of the MTN SA Foundation oversees programmes that provide schools with access to teaching skills and curriculum-aligned educational resources. We also manage community arts programmes that build the capacity and skills necessary for people to access employment-creating opportunities in the cultural industries. Our work includes the management of the extensive exhibition programme of the MTN Art Collection, ensuring that MTN's pledge in 2001 to use its many artworks for educational purposes is fulfilled through travelling exhibitions, seminars, classroom mini-exhibitions and loans to high-profile galleries.
The promotion of entrepreneurship and small business development remains an important priority in addressing socio-economic challenges facing our country. The foundation contributes towards the creation of enabling environments that encourage an entrepreneurial culture and the development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). We support a number of programmes that encourage self-reliance in individuals and communities. This idea is promoted through programmes that inculcate entrepreneurship among school-going youth, through the establishment of business support centres, by business mentoring and by developing capacity amongst MTN SA Foundation's suppliers.
In addition to implementing socio-economic development programmes, MTN SA Foundation is responsible for ensuring MTN's good corporate citizenship. This mandate is realised through high-visibility programmes which create developmental platforms, particularly for disadvantaged communities. Our special projects include 16 Days of Activism Against Women and Children Abuse, Women's Day celebrations, and sponsorship of the South African Democracy Education Trust (SADET) for publication of The Road to Democracy books.
Each year over 4 000 company employees participate in the MTN Employee Volunteerism Programme (EVP). Through this initiative MTN creates opportunities for employees to make meaningful contributions to community development. This programme provides sustained positive benefits for communities through EVP campaigns such as 21 Days of Y'ello Care, Mandela Day, Cansa Shavathon and Christmas Drive.