Category:South African philanthropists
Pages in category "South African philanthropists"
The following 18 pages are in this category, out of 18 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 18 pages are in this category, out of 18 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Nelson Mandela – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the countrys first black head of state and the first elected in a representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid by tackling institutionalised racism, ideologically an African nationalist and socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress party from 1991 to 1997. A Xhosa, Mandela was born in Mvezo to the Thembu royal family and he studied law at the University of Fort Hare and the University of the Witwatersrand before working as a lawyer in Johannesburg. There he became involved in anti-colonial and African nationalist politics, joining the ANC in 1943, after the National Partys white-only government established apartheid—a system of racial segregation that privileged whites—he and the ANC committed themselves to its overthrow. Mandela was appointed President of the ANCs Transvaal branch, rising to prominence for his involvement in the 1952 Defiance Campaign and he was repeatedly arrested for seditious activities and was unsuccessfully prosecuted in the 1956 Treason Trial. Influenced by Marxism, he joined the banned South African Communist Party. Although initially committed to non-violent protest, in association with the SACP he co-founded the militant Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1961, in 1962, he was arrested for conspiring to overthrow the state and sentenced to life imprisonment in the Rivonia Trial. Mandela served 27 years in prison, initially on Robben Island, amid growing domestic and international pressure, and with fears of a racial civil war, President F. W. de Klerk released him in 1990. Mandela and de Klerk negotiated an end to apartheid and organised the 1994 multiracial general election in which Mandela led the ANC to victory, internationally, he acted as mediator in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial and served as Secretary-General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999. He declined a presidential term and in 1999 was succeeded by his deputy. Mandela became a statesman and focused on combating poverty and HIV/AIDS through the charitable Nelson Mandela Foundation. Mandela was a figure for much of his life. Widely regarded as an icon of democracy and social justice, he received more than 250 honours—including the Nobel Peace Prize—and became the subject of a cult of personality. He is held in deep respect within South Africa, where he is referred to by his Xhosa clan name, Madiba. Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtata, given the forename Rolihlahla, a Xhosa term colloquially meaning troublemaker, in later years he became known by his clan name, Madiba. His patrilineal great-grandfather, Ngubengcuka, was king of the Thembu people in the Transkeian Territories of South Africas modern Eastern Cape province, one of Ngubengcukas sons, named Mandela, was Nelsons grandfather and the source of his surname. In 1926, Gadla was also sacked for corruption, but Nelson was told that his father had lost his job for standing up to the magistrates unreasonable demands
2. The Molteno Brothers – The Molteno Brothers, Edward and Harry Molteno, were sons of Cape Prime Minister John Molteno by his third wife Sobella Maria. Pioneering and successful exporters, they had a influence on South Africas fruit industry. The brothers first invested in the Palmiet area in 1903 and they may have been influenced by the purchase of some land in the area by their older brothers, Percy and Frank Molteno. They also founded the Cape Tercentenary Foundation in 1950 to promote and support the arts, the name of their original farm - Glen Elgin - subsequently came to refer to the whole region. This area is one of the more intensively farmed districts of South Africa. A body that seeks to support education, cultural institutions and environmental causes in Southern Africa, in terms of the will of the younger brother Harry Molteno, who died in 1969. Annual donations from the trust to such causes are derived mainly from the income of Ted and Harry Moltenos vast Glen Elgin farms, the operations are today managed by a team who are overseen by a board of Directors, also appointed according to Harrys will. Specific projects and charities of the trust include, The Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, bursaries to universities like the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University. Extensive support for Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, including funding the research centre, gifts of land and funding for the establishment of the Kogelberg Nature Reserve with its 100,000 ha Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Continued support for the Cape Tercentenary Foundation and its projects, Glen Elgin The Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy The Cape Tercentenary Foundation Molteno Edward Molteno, Beyond choice, chance or fate. Phillida Simons, Apples of the sun, being an account of the lives, vision and achievements of the Molteno brothers
3. Elon Musk – Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American business magnate, investor, engineer, and inventor. As of March 2017, he has a net worth of $13.9 billion. In December 2016, Musk was ranked 21st on Forbes list of The Worlds Most Powerful People, Musk has stated that the goals of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity. He has a brother, Kimbal, and a younger sister. His paternal grandmother was British, and he also has Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry, after his parents divorced in 1980, Musk lived mostly with his father in the suburbs of Pretoria. During his childhood he had an interest in reading and often did so for hours at a time, at age 10, he developed an interest in computing with the Commodore VIC-20. He taught himself computer programming at the age of 12, sold the code for a BASIC-based video game he created called Blastar, to a magazine called PC and Office Technology, a web version of the game is available online. Musk was severely bullied throughout his childhood, and was hospitalized when a group of boys threw him down a flight of stairs. Musk was initially educated at schools, attending the English-speaking Waterkloof House Preparatory School. Musk later graduated from Pretoria Boys High School and moved to Canada in June 1989, just before his 18th birthday, therefore, with the law change, he is considered to have always been a Canadian citizen by birth. At the age of 19, Musk was accepted into Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, Musk extended his studies for one year to finish the second bachelors degree. While at the University of Pennsylvania, Musk and fellow Penn student Adeo Ressi rented a 10-bedroom fraternity house, in 2002, he became a U. S. citizen. In 1995, Musk and his brother, Kimbal, started Zip2, the company developed and marketed an Internet city guide for the newspaper publishing industry. Musk obtained contracts with The New York Times and the Chicago Tribune, while at Zip2, Musk wanted to become CEO, however, none of the board members would allow it. Compaq acquired Zip2 for US$307 million in cash and US$34 million in stock options in February 1999, Musk received 7% or US$22 million from the sale. In March 1999, Musk co-founded X. com, an financial services and e-mail payment company. One year later, the merged with Confinity, which had a money transfer service called PayPal. The merged company focused on the PayPal service and was renamed PayPal in 2001, PayPals early growth was driven mainly by a viral marketing campaign where new customers were recruited when they received money through the service
4. Kimbal Musk – Kimbal Musk is a South African-born Canadian-American entrepreneur, venture capitalist and environmentalist who has invested in several technology and food companies. He owns The Kitchen Cafe, LLC, a family of community restaurants located in Boulder, Fort Collins, Denver, Glendale, Chicago and he co-founded The Kitchen Community, a 5013 nonprofit that brings outdoor vegetable gardens called Learning Gardens to schoolyards and community spaces. He sits on the boards of Tesla Inc and he is the younger brother of billionaire businessman Elon Musk and a major Tesla shareholder. Musk grew up in a household, with his brother Elon, sister Tosca. His mother was a prominent dietitian, and his father had his own engineering practice, after finishing high school in Pretoria, South Africa, Musk left to meet his brother in Kingston, Ontario and enrolled in university to pursue a degree in business at Queens University. While in school, Musk first worked at Scotiabank and he graduated with his degree from Queens University in 1995. Musks first entrepreneurship venture was a painting business with College Pro Painters in 1995. Zip2 Corporation was a city guide that provided content for the new online versions of the New York Times. The company was sold in 1999 to Compaq for $307 million, after selling Zip2, Musk invested in several young software and technology companies. Musk was an investor in his brother’s venture X. com. X. com merged with PayPal, which in October 2002 was acquired by eBay for $1.5 billion in stock, while Elon stayed in California, Kimbal moved to New York and enrolled into the French Culinary Institute in New York City. In April 2004, Musk opened The Kitchen Boulder, a community bistro in Boulder, Colorado with Jen Lewin, the Kitchen has been named one of America’s Top Restaurants according to Food & Wine, Zagat’s, Gourmet, and the James Beard Foundation. Musk and Matheson expanded their restaurant for the first time and opened The Kitchen Upstairs, a cocktail lounge, from 2006 to 2011 Musk served as the CEO of OneRiot, an advertising network for the real-time, social web. In September 2011 Walmart-Labs acquired OneRiot for a purchase price. In 2011, Next Door opened in downtown Boulder as an urban casual, Next Door has locations in Glendale and Denver Union Station. In 2012, The Kitchen Denver opened on the 16th Street Mall, each of The Kitchen restaurants donates a percentage of sales to help plant Learning Gardens in their local community. In 2012, The Kitchen Community built 26 gardens in Colorado,16 in Chicago, in December 2012, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel handed The Kitchen Community nonprofit $1 million to install 80 gardens in Chicago city schools. By the end of 2015, four years after its founding, The Kitchen Community built 260 Learning Gardens across Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles and Memphis
5. Florence, Lady Phillips – Dorothea Sarah Florence Alexandra, Lady Phillips was a South African art patroness and promoter of indigenous culture. She was married to Sir Lionel Phillips, 1st Baronet, a magnate and politician and was known by one of her middle names. Florence Ortlepp was born in Cape Town in 1863, the daughter of Albert Frederick Ortlepp, a Colesberg land surveyor and naturalist. She received her education at Rondebosch and later in Bloemfontein, Lionel Phillips met her on the diamond-diggings and married her in 1885. They moved to Johannesburg in 1889 and she travelled extensively from 1887, but returned hurriedly to be with her husband during his trial following the Jameson Raid. After his sentence, reprieve and exile, they left for London and she presented many of these works to the Johannesburg Art Gallery, which she actively helped to establish. On a visit to South Africa in 1905, she commissioned Rudolf Marloth to undertake his Flora of South Africa, after resettling in Johannesburg, she started acquiring paintings with a view to eventually founding an art gallery, which after many difficulties took shape as the Johannesburg Art Gallery. She played a role in projects aimed at cultivating and preserving the local artistic heritage. She persuaded Sir Max Michaelis to donate his collection of 17th century Dutch. She headed a movement to preserve and restore the Koopmans-De Wet House in Cape Town and was a collector of Africana furniture. She was instrumental, with Prof. G. E, pearse, in establishing a Faculty of Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1913 her book A Friendly Germany, Why Not. was published pleading for friendly relations between England and Germany. She was of the opinion that Britain and Germany should unite against the movement amongst the Asians and Africans, which she referred to as The Black. Florence and Lionel Phillips eventually settled at the farm Vergelegen near Somerset West in 1924, here they devoted their spare time to encouraging the preservation of national heritage culture and artefacts. They also sponsored immigrants through the 1820 Settlers Memorial Association and a number of public causes. Many of the Randlords and their wives commissioned portraits of themselves from leading European society portraitists of the time, the Boldini portrait was presented by Lady Phillips to the SA National Gallery in the 1930s. She died in 1940 at Vergelegen, Somerset West and she and her husband are buried in the Brixton Cemetery in Johannesburg. They had two sons and a daughter, standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa vol
6. Athol Williams – Athol Williams is an award-winning South African poet and social philosopher. From 2009 to 2014, Williams published his poetry under the pseudonym AE Ballakisten, Williams was born in Lansdowne, Cape Town, South Africa. South Africas complex racial policies under apartheid classified Williams as Coloured given the racial mix of his parents and he grew up in Mitchells Plain, the coloured township established under apartheid. His experience of apartheid features prominently in his poetry and it was at the University of the Witwatersrand, in 1991, that he published his first poem, New South Africa, in the student publication Wits Student. The poem captured the newfound optimism associated with the release from prison of Nelson Mandela, Williams deals in money and metaphor - he has worked in business around the world, experiences which further shaped his writing. His social activism in South Africa has centred on youth development through education and he is the co-founder of Read to Rise, an NGO that promotes youth literacy by making appropriate books available to children in poor communities. His volunteering and philanthropy in education earned him a Wits Volunteer Award in 2009, Williams presented the literature radio show Words Alive on Mix 93.8 FM. He has executive produced two films, Anna & Modern Day Slavery, which features his poem Steel Cage. Williams tackles the issues of conflict, fear and war through the art of poetry. His poetry has strong social and political messages, and is concerned with visions of alternative social and political arrangements. The possibility of human existence is not found in avoiding each other but in finding ways to journey freely together – to co-exist in our differences. But to do this we need a sense of who we are, in time and space, and the consciousness, that we are on this journey together. The philosophies expressed in his poetry echoes the concerns and dreams for human greatness found in the writings of Roberto Mangabeira Unger, H. G. Wells and his more recent writings paint images of hope, offering poignant insight into the path that humanity can follow to find harmony. Light on mans condition, mans spirit, the purpose of my writing and his poems have appeared in numerous literary publications and anthologies and he has held public readings in the UK, US and South Africa. Talking to a Tree, Poems of a Fragile World and our World, Better Together Williams, Athol, Lock, Taryn. In an age when robots are in danger of taking over the world of poetry, heres something hauntingly different, something savage and visceral and human. It brings the reader into the configuration of the world he inhabits with his metaphors like living members of an extended family. - Eugene Skeef FRSA Talking to a Tree brilliantly captures the essence of despair that can force humankind to change, thought-provoking, devastatingly direct, this anthology is one that will shake the reader out of complacency